DT - Textiles
Pupils are given the opportunity learn a range of decorative techniques to produce a cushion as a gift for someone. They learn how to add colour using different methods of printing and dyeing, producing samples and fact sheets on the various methods. They also learn how to embroider their printed design and use the sewing machine to sew their cushion together.
The focus with this project is use of the sewing machine to sew in a straight line, round a corner and to applique features to a design. Pupils design a monster from a range of options (ear type, arm length, leg length and body shape), creating a paper pattern and using this to accurately cut out the front and back of their monster. They then decorate their monster according to the design work. Using the sewing machine pupils secure their features and attach the front to the back of their monster.
With increased use of recycled bags pupils have to use recycled materials to design and make a reusable bag. They have to use applique and patchwork to decorate their bags. Pupils only have 6 weeks to design and make their product.
In order to build on the skills from key stage 3, pupils have a range of mini projects to complete before starting controlled assessment. They produce an apron, a miniature garment in both calico and to the design of their choice and range of decorative technique samples. The aim of this work is cover a wide variety of skills that will be useful in the production of their controlled assessment practical outcome.
Pupils design and make a product to meet a set brief. This could be linked to various cultures, music festivals and children’s boutiques. The examples shown are a mixture of past and present work.
Pupils produce a portfolio of work for the coursework element of the course. They work on 4 projects during their year, producing a toy, a bag model in both paper and calico, a decorative cushion or wall hanging and a garment (usually a bodice).
The focus for the final project is looking at the work of a designer or design movement and designing a garment that reflects this. They then have to present their work in a fashion form. Pupils have also produced costumes for stage and carnivals.