A picture of life in the world of fashion

Year 11 Textiles Students L-R Claire Brownlie, Sarah Wilks, Bethany Breakspere, Emma Hogg, Amy Hurst, Rachel McLellan, Hannah Copeland, Joanna Cummings and Teaching Assistant Faye Nowotarski model the dresses made by their classmates.
Year 11 Textiles Students L-R Claire Brownlie, Sarah Wilks, Bethany Breakspere, Emma Hogg, Amy Hurst, Rachel McLellan, Hannah Copeland, Joanna Cummings and Teaching Assistant Faye Nowotarski model the dresses made by their classmates.

ASPIRING models and designers have been given an insight into the job after taking part in a photo shoot.

Textile students at St Aidan’s, Preesall, displayed the outfits they had made in class as part of their GCSE coursework.

Joanna Cummings, a Year 11 pupil who took part in the day, said: “I have always been interested in dressmaking and design. My mum used to make me dresses and when I was young I used to design dresses for my Barbie.

“I’ve enjoyed the process of designing my own dress, although I think I was a bit extreme in my first designs but have learned to refine the design to something more wearable that matches my skills.

“I have gained a lot of new skills throughout this course, especially on the sewing machine.”

The design process began with a series of sketches, followed by bringing the drawings to life by using a variety of materials and the trusted method of a sewing machine, needle and thread.

Lisa Porter, the Textiles teacher at St Aidan’s, says the course has proved to be a stepping stone into further education for a lot of the students.

She said: “This is the third year we have run this course and each year keeps getting better.

“The GCSE students choose from a number of tasks set by the exam board and then research it, create design criteria, and produce a number of designs. They then go on to create their finished product.

“This course gives the students a good basic grounding in textile design techniques and skills. A number of our students have gone on to do textile arts at sixth form.”