University of Fashion Blog

Category "Pattern Making"

Learning fashion design just got easier, thanks to UoF founder and author, Francesca Sterlacci

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Helen Ronan & Anastasia Scott (Laurence King Publishing), Francesca Sterlacci (University of Fashion), Dr. Jennifer Harmon (winner) and Jane Hegland (ITAA President)

In the fashion industry, so many of us can get swept up in the shiny end result presented on the runway during fashion week or the most viewed Instagram story of the day or perhaps, the must-have It Bag of the season.

And sometimes, the work of the dedicated, behind-the-scenes professionals who make It Bags and Instagram-worthy content possible in the first place, can go unnoticed. In this post, I’m not talking about hard-working designers, pattern makers and sewers—I’m going one step further behind the scenes to feature someone who works tirelessly to support designers in every which way she can—University of Fashion founder, Francesca Sterlacci. Read More

A Proud Look Back and a Sneak Peek into What’s Ahead at the University of Fashion

Happy 2018, U of F designers! 2017 has wrapped, and our hope for you in 2018 is that you take a moment to look back and recognize your accomplishments over the past year with as much excitement as you look forward to your new goals.

So, what are your top 3 proudest moments of 2017?

And your top 3 plans for 2018?

We’re asking ourselves the same questions. Read More

Renew your older patterns with a new trick or two up your design sleeve

- - Pattern Making

Isabel Marant‘s sleeve game is strong. During the last few seasons, she has shown almost every iteration of sleeve pattern known to designers. From a raglan sleeve to a long bell sleeve to a bishop sleeve, peruse Marant’s collections and you will get an A to Z overview of sleeve variations. Spring has arrived and with the summer close behind, we thought it the perfect time to feature cool and easy sleeve pattern options. Festival season is here, and with it, the need to loosen up, relax and appreciate the styles of spring and summer. Read More

Spring cleaning – for your patterns

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Breathe it in. The weight of the winter is lifting and spring is in the air. What better time to clean out your studio and clean up the fit of your patterns? We’ve all been there – wishing we could somehow hide the eyesore of a serger in our studio or shift a shoulder dart out of view. While the serger is a must-keep, you do have options when it comes to maintaining the proper fit around the bust through the use of dart manipulation. Read More

Building a strong foundation

- - Draping, Pattern Making

The craftmanship of couture collections never ceases to amaze, and this season was no different. One look at Viktor and Rolf’s Cubist-inspired concoctions reminds us that there is but a blurry line that separates fashion and art. However, this season, we couldn’t help but notice the importance of foundation garments as the sheerest of the sheer frocks walked the runways. Read More

Announcing our first on-site Makerspace Fashion Workshop with the Westchester Library System

We have some very exciting news to report – in conjunction with the Westchester Library, the University of Fashion held its first Fashion Workshop led by U of F instructor Barbara Arata-Gavere earlier this month.  The University of Fashion was built on the belief in preserving the art and craft of fashion, and this first-time workshop embodied all that we are working toward. Read More

Back to bodice basics

- - Draping, Pattern Making

Are you curious how bridal designers get such a spot-on fit in the bodice of a gown? Take a look at the recent Bridal Fall 2016 offerings from Carolina Herrera, Anne Barge and Lela Rose in the header above. Then, wonder no more.

This week’s two new videos not only go hand-in-hand, but have been deemed by U of F founder, Francesca Sterlacci as, “instructional sloper videos that will be used for tons of designs.” She goes on to say,  “These slopers are CRITICAL to anyone’s fashion sloper library.” With an endorsement like that, we have deemed these basic building blocks as blog worthy. Read More