Basics Fashion Design: Knitwear / Edition 1

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"AVA Academia's Basics Fashion Design titles are designed to provide visual arts students with a theoretical and practical exploration of each of the fundamental topics within the discipline of fashion design. Packed with examples from students and professionals and fully illustrated with clear diagrams and inspiring imagery, they offer an essential exploration of the subject." Knitwear offers endless creative outcomes, enabling an independent and experimental approach to design. Basics Fashion Design: Knitwear provides a practical and visually orientated introduction to the subject, taking you through the design process from research and development through to pattern-making, construction and finishing techniques. Featuring work by talented designers, this book will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and inspiration to design and create your own innovative, knitted textiles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782940411160
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/10/2010
  • Series: Basics Fashion Design Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Juliana Sissons designs for her own fashion label in knitwear, focusing on innovative sculptural approaches to shaping and pattern making. As a freelance knitwear designer and pattern cutter, her clients have included Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Antoni & Alison, Shelley Fox, Koji Tatsuno of Culture Shock, Hewitts of Savile Row, The BBC, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Andrew Logan and Britney Spears.


Juliana has lectured in fashion and textiles at the University of Loughborough and is currently a visiting lecturer at the London College of Fashion, Northbrook College, Hastings College of Art, Sussex Downs College, City College Brighton and tutors in pattern cutting at the University of Brighton. She has also recently delivered workshops at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark and continues to run regular workshops and demonstrations in haute couture, design and pattern cutting at the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK.


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Table of Contents




1    Approach to knit                                       

Traditional knitting reinvents itself                 

Yarns and fibres                                          

Machinery and tools                                    

Developments in design and technology        


2    Creative development                                    

The brief                                                     


Design development                                    

Colours and weight                                      

Sculptural form                                           

Conceptual innovation                                  


3    Construction through pattern and texture       

The knitted sample/tension swatch               

Basic techniques on domestic machines      

Patterned knits: designing on paper              


Textured knits                                                         


4    Construction through shape                

Designing on the machine                            

Partial knitting: three-dimensional effects      

Creating flared shapes                                             

Shaping: increasing and decreasing                          

Creating a knitting pattern                            

Body pattern                                                           

Sleeve pattern                                                         


5    Details and trims                                       


Button holes and fastenings                        



Hand techniques   


6    The knitwear industry                               

Spider diagram                                           

Trade fairs, exhibitions and competitions

Promotion: catwalk pieces

Global designer business

Cottage industry and small business

Mass produced clothing production   




Acknowledgements and picture credits         



Overseas contributor/case study list:


Shelley Fox Alexander McQueen

Knit One

Sandra Backlund

Clare Tough

Amy Dyer

Julien Macdonald



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