// interning #4 //

Friday 29th April

On Friday I interned again for Teena, I spent most of the day unpicking, sewing and embellishing. Teena had sewn a lining in one of her final dresses, but when she had her review, the lining hung down under the dress lower than the actual dress so she needed to change this. I first unpicked the lining hem which took a lot longer than expected. Once I had done this she wanted me to pin the lining to the dress in order for it to be bagged out inside the dress. Before I did this I had to make a small hole in the side seam in order for the dress to bag out of that hole. I sewed the hem with a 1cm seam allowance along the facing of the dress, then bagged the dress the correct way round through the small hole I created, after this I had to re sew the seam back up as shown below.

Teena then got me to unpick her skirt that she sewed but it had stretched a lot with a doubled turn stitch, so she needed this unpicking so that she could steam to hem of the skirt to shrink it back down to size and then re sew the edge as a pin hem. I also used the embellisher to embellish another top of Teena’s again like in my previous post chiffon onto chiffon, once this was completed I was done for the day, I’ll be seeing Teena again next Tuesday.

// interning #3 //

Tuesday 19th April

I started today’s interning later in the day and worked until late evening. I met Teena as she was receiving the prints she had made and bought  and she told me about the kind of things I will be doing today.

We began buy rolling out her chiffon print across the two tables to see if her skirt pattern pieces would fit, and the placed each pattern piece along the fold, pinned in place and then cut out each piece, I then cut of her two facing pieces for the skirt out of the same material.

After I had created the pattern pieces, Teena asked me if I could do some more embellishing like I did last time, but this time it was for the front collar that went around the neck and down the front. I used chiffon on chiffon again to create the piece she wanted, this takes a lot longer than expected so I can totally see why giving me this job will help her with time. I will be doing more interning for Teena sometime next week.


// the true cost //

Globalisation takes an affect on the fashion industry, the clothes we wear, the people who make them, the impact on our world. Understanding the cultural impact and consumption patterns is important for global retailers, when these aspects are taken into consideration, global consumers are active and retailers are making money, but as the price of clothing decreases, as it has done for decades, the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically, so who really pays the price for our clothing?

We are increasingly disconnected from the people who make our clothing as 97% of items are now made overseas. In the world today there are about 40 million garment workers, and a countless number do not share the same rights or protections that many people in the West do. They are some of the lowest paid workers in the world, roughly 85% of all garment workers are women. The human factor of the garment industry can not be ignored, we consistently see the exploration of cheap labour and the violation of workers’, women’s, and human rights in so many developing countries across the globe.


The fashion industry is one of the biggest connection points for millions of people across the world, from agriculture and manufacturing to retail. It has been one of the leading industries to capitalise on the new globalised world of the 21st century. Today we have some of the highest levels of inequality and environmental destruction the world has ever seen. We need to find a way to continue in our globalised world that also values the people and the planet, these are essential to this growth.

The world consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. This is 400% more than the amount we consumed just two decades ago. As new clothing comes into our lives, we also discard it at such a fast pace. Historically, clothing has been something we have held onto for a long time, but with cheap clothing now immensely available we are beginning to see the things we wear as disposable.

Below are some links to buying better, The True Cost and Fashion Revolution –





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// interning #2 //

Friday 15th April

So Easter break’s over, I’m back at University and interning starts again, I met Teena in the morning and spoke about what she has done since we last met, and we spoke about her review too, and what she will get me to do over the next and last few weeks.


I started off with unpicking the lining from her dress, Teena had sewn in her sleeve lining wrong and overlocked the edges, so to begin with I unpicked both the overlocked stitches and the line stitches of both sleeves, a small job, but very time consuming for Teena if she were to do it.

Once this was done, she wanted me to create pattern pieces from her part drafts for an organza top she was making, the front and back top pattern pieces were to be cut out on the fold, and because she would be using a french seam, I added a 1.5cm seam allowance around the edges, and also the same seam allowance for the sleeve pattern piece too. I then cut these pieces out and went back to Teena in search for her organza.

Black organza is what the pattern pieces needed to be cut out from, but only the front and back, so I placed these along the folded line and pinned in place with help from a weight because organza is a very slippy material and moves a lot. I then cut out the front and back pieces and went back to Teena to see what was next.

She put me onto embellishing duty, which was cutting up strips of organza of different colours, sliver, grey and gold, and using these to embellish into the black organza front piece that I previously cut out. This machine made the different colours of organza sort of mash into one another and create a really cool effortless effect, Teena was pleased with my result, so I was done for the day and looking forward to embellishing some more organza within next week.