CHS Fashion Design Class: "Tailoring" Creativity
A simple pattern, a spool of thread, fleece cloth, decorative trim, and steady hands are all the materials Collinwood High School New Tech students have found they need to create warm winter hats for their latest project in Fashion Design. Under the guidance of teacher, Rosalyn Allen, the class has not only been sharpening their sewing skills but also studying the history of fashion by various decades.
Considering that the garment industry and the manufacture of ready-to-wear clothing have a long and rich Cleveland connection, it is easy to see why this topic was a logical subject choice.
Through reading, researching and hands-on activities, linking the past to the present and future has been very engaging. One recent assignment was to make straps and pockets for bags provided by NASA. Another was to fashion no-sew fleece blankets, which were donated to a local homeless shelter.
Projects still on the drawing board are a much-anticipated trunk show and, perhaps, a fashion show. Creating duct tape clothing and accessories is yet another possibility.
Gail Greenberg is the media specialist at Collinwood High School.