So I have been working really hard to get super good grades at University, mustering a disappointing, but deserved 2.1. My latest project is the research and development aspect of my final collection. The concept combines sustainability and some of the fancy intellectual sounding modern-economic theory that I simply don’t have the coldness of heart to trouble y’all with. So I’ll do this fast:
- Modular garments which can be worn in a variety of different ways, and have interchangeable aspects with other garments in the collection.
- Multi-way garments, which can be worn in multi-ways (clue is in the title there).
- Made from responsibly sourced fabrics (by this, I mean, seconds fabrics sourced from the lovely chaps working in cash only in the Birmingham Rag markets), and from an unusable factory seconds fabrics from the Heathcoats factory in Tiverton.
I wanted to base the initial garment on an iconic type of clothing, It’s really easy to get lost in a sea of options when working with modular or multiway clothing, and to ensure hanger appeal from the outset I wanted people to recognise the start point. I started with an oversized hoody, another major benefit is that this is a garment that will fit any size and any gender identity, after all, everyone loves a hoody.
I’ve made the hoody out of a selection of squares, therefore, if I ordered the fabric to be made from scratch, we could ensure that the measurements for this garment would provide zero waste in construction.
Also, as it is made from separate pieces, there is a possibility that product longevity can be stretched as any part that becomes worn can be replaced, without the need to throw the entire garment away.
I’ve developed a nifty, if a little fuss-arsed way of removing and re-attaching the pieces of the garment together, but I’ll get into that next week, I think I’ve bored you enough this week with the design, development and sustainability of the garment.
For now, I’m going to give you pretty pictures, for a change, it’s not photos of me!
Drum roll please…….
Introducing the elegantly named Hoody/cropped top/trousers/skirt/whateverelseyou’dliketoturnitinto.
Do let me know what you think of the concept. It would be great to know there’s someone out there, reading…..