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Textiles Technology - Research Analysis

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I have found out that there are a lot of waistcoats in the shops and they are very popular, therefore I will be making a waistcoat. I have found out that a lot of the waistcoats sold are quite dull and only one colour, and as most teenage girls wanted more of a variety in the colour, I would need to make something less dull. I have also found out that teenage girls would prefer a waistcoat which is black or red with one large motif. This would mean that the large motif would most probably be on the back of my waistcoat. I also found that my target market would like a fitted waistcoat with simple designs and pockets. This means that the motif on the back will have to be simple and I would need to make pockets in order to meet my clients' needs. I also found that most waistcoats cost �20 - �35 and are often sold in department stores. Most waistcoats are fastened at the front with buttons and very few are fastened with a buckle or hooks. ...read more.


I will need to research different stitches and different methods of putting my design onto the actual waistcoat. I will also need to research about over locking machines and how they work so that I can use them for my manufacture process. I think I could improve my research by getting more first hand pictures so I can see exactly what a product is like. I would also use a wider variety of sources for my mood board and theme board, such as books and first hand photographs rather than relying solely on the internet and catalogues to get pictures. I think I have done enough research to get a clear idea of what to do, yet I could still do a lot more research in terms of stitches and different types of sewing machines etc. Next, I will be designing my product and researching what materials I could use for my designs and motifs. I will be coming up with some initial ideas and I will then pick one of these design ideas to take further and develop into a final design idea which I will manufacture. ...read more.


When I am making my item, I must consider many aspects of health and safety. I must consider the safety of the worker i.e. myself, and also the safety of the consumer. I must make sure that there are no sharp parts to my product and that none of the components can easily fall off. I need to make sure that when I am making the product, neither my hair nor my clothes get in the way. I must be careful when using needles and sewing machines so as not to injure myself. If using transfer printing, I must keep away from the fumes, and I must be careful not to consume any dyes in any way. I learnt that when I package and market my product, it will need to be hung up on a rack, so that it is visible to the public. If sold, it will be placed around a podium of more of my designs and will need to be different and it will need to draw the eye of the consumer. It will need to be displayed in such a way that the main feature will be on display and will therefore appeal to the consumer. ...read more.

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