This Course defines the different types of Fabrics and how to use them in developing a Design, a Group, or a Collection. In this Course you learn fabric's Characteristics and Properties and Categories such as Knits, Woven and Non-Woven; analyzing fibers: Natural and Man-Made Fibers; Plant-based and Animal-based Fibers; and different types of Weaves.
I will show you (by draping fabrics on a dress form), how different fabrics "react/behave".
This Course includes topics such as:
- Natura vs Man-made Fibers
Woven vs Knits
- Different types of weaves: Oxford, Twill, Herringbone, Flannel, Popeline
- Grainlines: Warp and Weft
- Fabric Nap as in fabrics such as: Velvet, Corduroy, Velour, Velveteen
- "Life" and Process of fabric: Greige Goods. Finishing Mills. Converters. Vertical Mills. Distributors. Jobbers.
Properties of Fabric: Weight, Drape, Construction, etc.
Sustainable and Organic fabrics for an eco-friendly environment.
- How different Fabrics "behave": Chiffon, Canvas/Taffeta, Organza, Felt, Jersey.
Color and its importance in the context of fabric selection
- Using Fabric as a Source of Inspiration in Designing
- Choosing a Theme for your Collection: What is a Theme?
- How to distress Denim (jeans); as well as creating a Tie-dye look
You will learn how to distress fabric (denim) to create a unique and individual fabric surface design. And you'll learn how to Tie-dye jeans.
You will see how designers use several layers of fabric to create a "new" fabric/look.
I will also include a great website regarding sustainable eco-friendly fabrics, where you can learn in-depth the environment and how the fashion industry effects its health;
I will include the name of a terrific Textbook that has swatches in it, so that you can actually "touch/feel" the fabric.
Choosing a Theme when starting a Fashion Collection is important in focusing on a design direction and establishing a cohesive group.
The importance of color when choosing fabric in designing a collection.