Will your mastery of technical details set you apart from the designer pack?

- - Pattern Making

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.

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Rick Owens S/S 2014
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Perhaps it’s a designer’s unique vision – one that draws the viewer into a fantasy land or alternate universe season after season.

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Alexander McQueen – Plato’s Atlantis S/S 2010

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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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.