Have you ever stopped to consider what sets some designers apart from the pack?
Maybe it’s a designer’s ability to incorporate garments, performance art and a societal or political statement.
Perhaps it’s a designer’s unique vision – one that draws the viewer into a fantasy land or alternate universe season after season.
Often a designer connects to a certain demographic in such a way that his or her consumer base will follow no matter where he or she leads on the journey. Whether it’s Alexander Wang’s goth girls for fall or a football game Tommy Hilfiger-style, brand fans are a loyal bunch.
Regardless of what a designer’s “it factor” may be, one factor must remain constant and that is a designer’s understanding of how to craft clothing that fits the body. Take for example, Derek Lam’s technical savvy in accommodating the shape of the bust shown in the header images – it is in this spirit that we introduce our newest video Pivoting a Front Shoulder Dart to a Side Bust Dart. Although this lesson may sound like a tiny detail when compared to the grand statements of the designers above, mastery of the tiny technical details are an essential part of constructing clothing that will stand the test of time.
U of F founder, Francesca Sterlacci, says, “Designers have numerous possibilities on how to move darts to accommodate the bust, but they need to think about how to move that dart so that it doesn’t compromise the integrity of the design. The key to our newest lesson is not only how to pivot the dart but how to engineer it so that the pattern takes the right shape once it’s trued. Though the topic may be a bit dry, it’s OH SO important to those who care about creating technically accurate patterns.”
We are proud to bring you the lessons that will one day set you apart from the pack – enjoy, and as always, we look forward to seeing the application of your new found technical skills.
Header images: Derek Lam S/S 2014 on Style.com
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