The theme of my project was to design an A-line skirt and then build a prototype of it.
If it eventually turned out to be successful I might have been able to batch or mass produce it which simply means that I will be able to make thousands of it for the retail outlet of new look where they wanted me to design the skirt for the 2006 summer collection. I had to carry out several different research methods. Firstly I did a survey from a questionnaire that I designed and then I did two pages of market research and a page of historical research.I also researched skirts on the internet and I bought a fashion magazine to see the latest fashion of skirts. For the designing process I had to examine all the different research that I got and in the end I decided not to use the colour of the skirt that I got from my research and I decided to be a little different and try a beige/cream colour. It turned out that it was worth the risk as I am happy with my outcome of the skirt.As I already mentioned my skirt is a beige/cream colour, it is A-line it is made out of a unusual type of fabric that even the shop keeper couldn’t remember the name of the fabric. I tried to be a little more creative and different and I added layers to the skirt.
In fact I added three layers to the back and to the front. I decorated the bottom of the layers with black lace and I used zigzag stitching for the bottom of all layers. I added in a zip to fasten the skirt and the zip is located in the back of the skirt. The skirt is a mid length skirt which can be worn as casual wear on a normal summers day.I used a commercial bock pattern as a template to cut out my skirt with and it consisted of a front panel and two back panels. So altogether I cut out my skirt material into three pieces.
I fabric is very soft and it sort of feels like very, very soft rubber which would normally not be a good characteristic but seeing as it doesn’t feel bad on the skin I don’t mind that it feels a bit like rubber. It was quite difficult to cut as it is very soft and it can also be a bit difficult to handle when putting stitches on it using a sewing machine. It is a smooth material and very plain, it has no texture or any pattern on it.At first I was having difficulty using the sewing machine but later I got used to using a sewing machine I found it was quite simple to use and it was also a very easy way of putting together two pieces of material. It is quicker than hand stitching and now that I am more used to the machine I find that it is simpler. Recently I have earned more experience using a sewing machine because I own a new one.
As I have already mentioned I tried to be a little different and I added layers to my product on the front and the back. I had some complications with this and I had to undo the stitches a few times. Overall I think the way that my layers have turned out is very pleasing and just the outcome that I expected.The part which I found the most difficult was adding the extra layers because it had to be thought about very carefully and I had to correct several mistakes I made. Also at first it took me a while to get used to using a sewing machine as it was my first time using it. I liked adding the border.In the future to improve my skirt I can use more methods of decoration and also I could make the skirt neater as this was my first time making a skirt I made some errors and now that I am more experienced I am more confident in making a skirt. Also I am a size 10 and the skirt looks like it is only suitable for wear with a size 6 person so next time I would make the skirt a little bigger.
My product has fulfilled my wishes. I am not sure that it has completely fulfilled my design specification as I made some drastic changes to the skirt. I think it is a successful product for a prototype and ready for production. I am happy with it as it is the type of skirt that would be successful in a retail outlet and I would be happy to wear it proudly.
I don’t think my skirt will need to be modified much for mass production as taking away any thing will take away the character of my skirt. I believe it is perfect the way it is.