Episode 5:

Our Journey and Getting into Fashion

In this episode we share some insights into both of our fashion journeys with you all. From where we studied, to work experience and then the leap of faith into our job role.

Pre-university:

Kathryn:
Biology, Chemistry & Maths A-levels
(change of direction!) Art & Design foundation at college

Caroline:
BTEC garment making and garment construction for 2 years for 4 days a week. On the 5th day I took a separate course in pattern cutting.

University & internships:

Caroline:
BA (hons) (1st) Fashion Design at University of Northampton (Collection of the year)
Internships with Jeans care, Clothes show in Birmingham, Issey Miyake, Hussian Chalayan

Kathryn:
BA (hons) Fashion Design at Bath Spa University
Small internships at Katherine Hooker, Roland Mouret, Working in mums wedding dress shop and helping with alterations

After University & First jobs:

Kathryn:
Lucky enough to get a job straight out of uni at Karen Millen in a graduate role.
First pattern cutting job was at Peter Pilotto as Junior pattern Cutter

Caroline:
Interned after uni but continued to send out CV for paid roles.
First pattern cutting job: Jasmine AlFayed

Freelance life & Starting our own Businesses

Caroline:
https://www.purepatterncutting.com/

Kathryn:
https://project-patterns.co.uk/


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Episode 4:

Fashion Sustainability

In this episode we explore the world of sustainable fashion and celebrate those amazing brands trying to change the world!

Image Credit: Stella McCartney

We didn’t want this episode to be a doom and gloom “look at all these scary facts and panic” episode. There’s a lot of that out there already and I think that we’re in danger of becoming desensitised to it all. 

So instead we’re going to touch upon some issues and yes, there will be some scary facts but we’re going to try and focus on the really exciting answers to these problems, and the amazing people out there who are trying to shift fashion in a more sustainable direction and how they’re doing it. 

We hope that by the end of this episode you go away feeling inspired and encouraged to change fashion as we know it. 

That’s quite a big ask actually….even if this only makes you feel slightly hopeful then we’ll still be happy!

3 pillars of sustainability:

  • Social
  • Environmental
  • Economical
Image Credit: Common objective
Image Credit: H&M

Natural Fibres:

Synthetic fibres

  • Cotton
  • Viscose
  • Silk
  • Wool
  • Linen
  • Leather
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Acetate
  • Acrylic
  • Many more petroleum based fabrics

New Tech Fabrics

  • Econyl (regenerated nylon)
  • Evernu (regenerate cotton)
  • Frumat (apple leather)
  • Modern Meadow (lab grown leather)
  • Pinatex (leather alternative made from Pineapples)
  • Many, Many more!

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Episode 3:

Our Top 10 Fashion Books

In this episode we tell you all about our favourite fashion books! From pattern cutting to sustainable fashion, we’ve got it all!

We’ve put together our top 10 fashion books just for you lovely listeners!

Kathryn’s list:

Caroline’s list:

Books we both love!

BONUS!


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Episode 2:

Interview with Designer, Danielle Windsor

In this episode we are joined by Danielle Windsor, a designer who not only has her own brand but has worked as a designer all around the world

Black Knit with SAIL Silk Monogram Scarf

Since receiving a full scholarship to study at Domus Academy in Milan working on briefs with Versace and Ter et Bantine, Danielle Windsor then moved to Amsterdam and worked in the amazing Viktor & Rolf atelier.

She was then head hunted for ZARA and swiftly moved to Spain spending three years designing knitwear and wovens, travelling the world on research, resource and design trips. This luxury and commercial experience put her in good stead to move into a role as the Pre Collection Designer at Matthew Williamson back in London where we both met about 10 years ago and have been working together at various brands ever since. Since then she has become a freelance womenswear designer working across multi product and is also a creative consultant working in London and internationally with clients including  ZARA, Beulah London, Calvin Klein, Hauser and Wirth and the Sydell Group. On top of this she is also Creative Director of her own luxury fashion brand Yaitte which is created around the idea of travel for the consumer

BEAM yacht noir styled with our CONVOY patchwork jumpers.

You can find Danielle’s work for her own brand Yaitte on their website, or their instagram page.
Or you can reach Danielle directly on her Linkedin page.


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Episode 1:

Understanding Pattern Cutting and the Fashion Cycle

In this episode we answer that burning question that you all ask….
“What the hell is a PATTERN MAKER?!”

How we describe our job:

“Clothing is made up of flat puzzle pieces that come together and make a 3d form…these pieces are called a pattern, and a pattern cutter is in charge of deciding the shape and size of those pieces and how they fit together.”

The Fashion Cycle, in brief:

  1. Design brief or sketch from the designer to the pattern cutter
  2. 1st Pattern development
  3. Give the pattern to the cutter to cut the fabric
  4. Machinist sews up the sample
  5. Toile is complete
  6. Fit the toile with the designer and decide on what amendments to do
  7. 2nd pattern development…Altering the pattern based on the fit
  8. Real sample development – repeat cutting and sewing
  9. Sample goes down the runway or lookbook/photoshoot/presentation
  10. Sample goes to sales and showrooms, where external buyers put in orders
  11. Production development based on sales/orders- Sample fittings, pattern alterations and Pre-production (PP) fittings
  12. Grading – ready for factories – patterns and fabric sent to factories for production
  13. Shipping, QC and shop floor

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