Made to Measure

Made to Measure

Amy Davidson, a fashion student from Tameside College, has successfully made it through to the second stage of the WorldSkills UK “Made to Measure” Design Competition.

The WorldSkills UK Competition showcases the importance of technical skills in the fashion industry, encouraging students to perfect their skills in pattern cutting and garment construction. The live second round enables successful competitors to create their chosen design in “real time” and experience the pressure of a realistic working environment. The competition theme was “reinventing the denim jacket”. For this round, Amy had to submit a sketch book of research and colour illustrations of her designs. She also included technical sketches showing the garments in detail.

Over 80 entrants from across the UK entered the competition and Amy was one of the 20 lucky participants who were selected to go through to the second stage of the competition. The live event, held over two days in May, was hosted by Northumbria University and Amy was the youngest of the stage 2 finalists and competed against degree level students and professional designers.

Amy said “I was quite apprehensive about going to Northumbria University on my own but everyone was really friendly. Making the pattern and constructing the garment within the time allocated was very hectic but I was very pleased with my performance. I have learnt so much by doing the competition such as developing my design skills, and improving my pattern cutting and garment construction techniques.”

 Amy will be starting her fashion degree course at Manchester Metropolitan University in September and hopes to enter the competition again next year as the experience has given her more confidence. Her final garment from the competition will be on display at the end of year show in the Fashion Department on Wednesday 23rd June.