Read more to learn about the Fashion and Design class at La Costa Canyon!
Students in LCC’s Fashion and Design have continued to do projects and lessons despite being online. These projects consist of: small bags, sewing techniques, and embroidery. But along with the large majority of classes, being online has also brought up some challenges. Allison Havranek, a freshman, is very glad she took Fashion this year.
“I’ve learned a lot about how fashion has changed over the years. It’s so interesting to see the differences and why it changed,” said Havranek.
Allison also believes that there are good life skills to take away from this class, and interesting subjects to discuss.
“It's going to be very helpful in the future to know the basics of sewing. Just to do things like patch a hole in a shirt, or even make something for fun. You can turn a lot of old clothes in your closet to something new,” said Havranek.
Students have done quite a few activities this year. Most of them involve sewing, but a lot of students' favorite is the embroidery project.
“My favorite project was embroidery art. It was a little tricky at first, but once you got the hang of it, it was really fun! It was also cool to see everyones final product,” said Havranek.
There are many different aspects to this class, so there is a lot to learn, and a lot of different reasons to join!
“I would recommend this class to anyone who is interested in art and/or fashion! It has a really good mix of learning the background of the art of clothing, and actually getting your hands on fabric and trying out different styles,” said Havranek.
The Fashion and Design teacher Mrs. Weidmann has had to acknowledge the students’ lack of sewing materials at home, Weidmann has implemented many aspects of fashion skills that her students can do with what they have.
“The project-based assignments are more focused on smaller hands-on activities, such as embroidery, crochet, hand-sewing and stitching,” said Weidmann.
One of the best aspects of limiting the materials in fashion is that it creates a sustainable environment. Not only do Fashion and Design students get to make their own garments, but they also learn about fashion on a local and global scale and its impact on our environment.
“...the average American throws away 70 lbs of textile waste each year. Even 80% of our donations eventually end up in landfills emitting CO2 and contaminating water sources,” said Weidmann.
Weidmann believes that all her students can have a positive impact on the fashion industry and the planet due to the fact that this younger generation is so open to change and shopping for fashion items that are already made, such as by thrifting.
“The new-found awareness and support for repurposed, vintage, or slow fashion among the younger generations in particular is exciting” said Weidmann.
While the world of fashion can be overwhelming and seem large, Weidmann likes to sum up the simplicity of sustainability with her favorite Arthur Asher quote: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Written by: Ally Berman and Zoe Morris