Garments created by European Pattern Drafting students will be on display at the Simcoe County Museum for a Quilting Festival Sept. 18 to 20. They will also remain on display for a couple of months at the museum.
The garments were created in 2010, 2011 and 2012, as part of an annual student competition titled Project Catwalk. The competition is a component of The Creativ Festival – the largest needlework trade show in North America.
A week prior to the festival opening in October, students are issued a design challenge. They are allowed to meet in advance of the competition to discuss concepts, sketches and to make preliminary plans for how they will create a winning garment. Machines are provided by manufacturers, as well as irons, ironing boards and cutting boards. Students are allowed to bring in only a basic sewing kit and whatever tools they require to make the patterns, cut the fabric and more. Before the competition starts, each team of students is given $200 to spend at vendors on the show floor to help them create and put together their designs.
The student work on display at the museum was inspired by the Canadian Arctic, a royal wedding and the year 1937. Visit the museum this fall to see them in person and to learn more about how they were created.
Georgian’s European Pattern Making program is the only flat pattern drafting program of its kind in North America, taught in the Italian tradition of excellence. Students work through two instruction books: Basic Drafting and Tailoring, and The Modellist – Advanced Drafting and Tailoring. Once they successfully complete both drafting and sewing aspects of the program, they have the chance to write their Italian fashion arts exam and earn their tailoring credential from Le Grand Chic Italia School of Fashion.