SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N525547
Module Leader Diane Cook
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Fashion and Marketing
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module will cover the basics of fabrics and sewing, including hand embellishment of fabrics and machine sewing. A variety of manipulation techniques and processes will be explored for design and manufacture, through the development of a portfolio of creative sketchbooks and log books. Students will learn about the potential of fabric, detail and surface decoration to be used in future design projects. CAD will also be used to develop digital print skills and techniques. Summary of how PRME-related issues / topics are covered in this module : An awareness of responsible management of resources (materials and processes) is considered and highlighted throughout the module as well as the impact both locally and globally. The production and selection of fabrics in design projects is highlighted in the lectures. The materials used within the studio are organically produced and ethically sourced wherever possible, for example organic calico is used to make garment toiles. Waste paper and fabrics are also recycled. Old garments are recycled in some of the experiments.


lectures - 6 hours CAD - 6 hours practical classes - 36 hours - the majority of this module is in practical design studio as it is developing practical skills and aplication of theory. Theory: Introduction to textiles history of textiles surface decoration processes fabric manipulation processes trims and embellishments in design fabric dyes, Print and pattern Practical: Hand and machine sewing techniques Decorative textile techniques Digital print techniques

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. demonstrate an understanding of surface decoration techniques and their application into fashion garments 2. demonstrate basic practical skills in ' hand embellishment sewing' techniques on a variety of fabrics3. demonstrate basic practical skills in 'machine sewing' techniques to create surface decoration on a variety of fabrics4. Identify suitable fabrics for design projects and their handling qualiites5. demonstrate an awareness of fabric design techniques using CAD.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A programme of illustrated lectures will introduce the student to the theories and concepts of fashion design and the use of fabrics. These will be complemented by a series of practical classes in which he/she will partcipate in sewing and fabric experimentaton workshops. The module will explore skills development, research and creativity with a hands on approach to learning about fabrics and sewing techniques. Classrooms are equiped to encourage independent and supported learning which requires time to build up confidence and knowledge. Students are also encouraged to spend time in fabric shops, exhibitions and online, exploring detail and decoration techniques.

Indicative Reading

Textiles Bowles, M. Isaac, C (2009) Digital Textile Design, Laurence King Black, S (2006) Fashioning Fabrics: Contemporary textiles in Fashion, Black Dog Publishing, London Braddock, S, E and Mahony, M (2005) Techno Textiles, Revolutionary Fabrics For Fashion and Design, Thames & Hudson, London Cole, D (2007) Textiles Now, Laurence King Creswell, L (2002) Textiles at the Cutting Edge, Forbes Publications, London Da Cruz, E and Black, S (2006) Fashioning Fabrics: Contemporary Textiles in Fashion, Black Dog Publishing, London Fogg, M (2006) Print in Fashion, BT Batsford, London Greenlees, K (2005) Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiderers and Textile Artists, BT Batsford, London. Hallet, C. & Johnston, A. (2010) Fabric for Fashion: A comprehensive guide to natural fibres, Laurence King Irwin, K (2015) Surface design for Fabrics, Fairchild Books Isset, R (2005) Colour on Cloth, BT Batsford, London Rezendes, C (2013) Fabric Surface Design, Storey Publishing Trade and Source Journals Vogue, Textile View, ID, Dazed and Confused, DR, Raw Vision, Selvedge Sunday Times Websites <> <> <> <>

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Research, problem solving, time management, Digital skills and self motivation. research skills are gained through the selection and purchase of fabrics for projects. problem solving skills are progressed through the applicaton of technical processes in fabric embellishment techniques. Digital skills are developed through GCU Learn, the use of digital media in collating reference material and CAD Time management skills are gained through timely completion of practical workshop tasks, utlising directed study time and achieving assessment deadlines. Self motivation is also developed through preparation and completion of practical tasks outwith the class contact times.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Lectures (FT) 6.00
Practicals (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 102.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Individual portfolio - 32 pages - Week 12