Fashion students have ‘hats’ turning! #TICEfashion


Fashion Production Project

The opportunity to get a hold of The Libertarian‘s beautiful headwear was given recently to a group of our Fashion Students. Their challenge was to be achieved in only 3 days by creating an outfit which would complement and match the uniqueness of 4 most fabulous hats . Seven students from Burnside Business & Enterprise College, Longbenton Community College, St Thomas More Catholic School and All Saints College were brought together and mentored by Charlotte Liddle to learn new skills and techniques to create some stunning designs…

Design and Make ProjectThe students who are Emma Aitkin, Faye Devereux, Ellen McDougal, Amilah Ashfaq, Emma Ross, Ella Moore Hughes and Lizzie Dillon spent 3 days at Sunderland University researching, designing and creating 4 fabulous outfits to be showcased at our Final Show.

This project was only suitable for students with a real interest in the making process. If they enjoyed researching ideas, designing and making a garment it was the project for them.

Design and Make ProjectThe fashion production students were given a brief to design and make  bodices to complement hat designs by local Milliner Jayne Elwell of The Libertarian. The students set about their task by researching the themes and creating some brilliant mood boards for visual inspiration. They then worked in teams to draw up a range of designs and chose their preferred and most suitable design to link to their chosen hat. Lots of hard work took place during day 2 and 3 when the teams started making their bodices. Commercial sewing patterns were used to construct the main part of the bodice but were adapted by most of the teams by adding additional embellishments to give them a a unique look.

Libertarian projectThe students worked incredibly hard applying  skills and techniques they had learnt during the silver stage such as machine and hand sewing, embroidery, fabric manipulation,beading and fabric flowers. The girls from St Thomas More particularly enjoyed created their own machine lace using an innovative produce called soluble webbing. On the show day the teams were asked to style their bodices and dress the mannequins and it was at this stage that the ‘real life’ hats were revealed! We were so impressed with the students- their creations tied in perfectly with the hats and looked stunning at the final show.




A few photographs from their workshops:

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Project Sponsors – with special thanks to:



The Libertarian –