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Fashion Students Design Flared Skirts

Lesson Includes Draping Cloth, Sewing and a Runway Show

student cut cloth along a pattern    student sews cloth at a sewing machine

Designing and producing a flared skirt from scratch was a recent assignment for the Fashion Merchandising students in Kerianne Meehan’s class at Bixhorn Tech. Students created the pattern, chose the material, learned to properly drape the cloth, and put it together with embellishments using a sewing machine and hand stiches. The results were debuted in a small class fashion show.

student fits skirt on a mannequin    student on the runway in her flared skirt

Draping is the sculpting of fashion design. The fabric needs to fall in such a way so that it flatters the body. To create their flared skirts, students began by draping a basic straight skirt. They then took that garment and made drafting patterns to manipulate the silhouette to create the flared skirt on paper, which became the new pattern. From there, they cut fabric by hand, and sewed it together with adornments of their choosing. A small, socially distant fashion show highlighted everyone’s work.

“I am challenging my students,” said Meehan. “This is college-level work. My goal is to prep them to be ready for any assignment when they get to college if they study design or if they go right into the industry. I want them to have an understanding of how a garment is made. That's why I emphasize the technical element of design and I dive deep into the pattern making and the sewing.”

The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, referred to as the Academy, is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has locations in Bellport, Oakdale, and Riverhead. Bixhorn Tech is located on the Bellport campus.