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.”