Structuring fabric

We have seen how important choice of color is to the outcome of a project. Fabric has a similar impact and needs to be as carefully considered. Unit 6 (pages 40-43) discussed how a fabric embellishment idea can be the focus for a design; this unit will look at how the structuring of fabric can drive garment construction, whether through methods such as pleating, draping, or binding, or through the creation of entirely new fabric structures using techniques such as crochet, knitting, or appliqué. As you gain experience, you will see how fabrics have particular properties and behave in very different ways. You need to learn to harness the inherent properties of fabrics, whether you are working with clinging jersey, chunky knits, or highperformance sportswear. As your confidence grows, you will want to control the effect of fabric from the earliest stages of the design process. Then, rather than relying on store-purchased textiles to fit your theme, you will be able to manipulate fabric to dictate the volume and shape of your garments, as well as their surface appearance and texture.

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