Surviving Groupwork

Surviving Groupwork

I have an assignment to make a journal entry after each Fashion Cycle Class.

Class date: October 6, 2016

Maybe some people love working in groups, but I am not one of them. I’ve found a few tips that I feel I need to work on, so that I will hopefully become a better team member.

  1. Establish common goals, outline objectives, and keep meetings on task. Seems obvious, but I think I can forget sometimes.
  2. Avoid personal criticism. I often forget that other people may not have the same opinions I do. Being too critical is something I work on through all my life, not just in group work.
  3. Listen to classmates.

Class Date: October 13, 2016

I have a few details to finish up next week, but here is our mostly finished tote bag.


Group member Stella Chu and James Jurome. Bag design by Kathryn Potter. Modelled by Stella Chu.


Class Date: October 20, 2016

We finished our bags and they were delivered to Bird on a Wire, where they are available for purchase.



Fashion Cycle Journal

Fashion Cycle Journal

I have an assignment to make a journal entry after each Fashion Cycle Class.

Class Date: September 15, 2016

Today we explored ideas on Pinterest, and drew tote bag ideas. For one of our designs, we need to expand it to include 5 variations. Here are some of my first, pretty lame, sketches.


Class Date: September 22, 2016

After a few days, something clicked and I ended up with some designs I love, especially my little bunny lunch tote.


Today we presented our sketches to our teacher and our classmates. Once seeing all the other designs, I worried about the simplicity of my design, but on the plus side the pattern drafting was quite easy.

Class Date: September 29, 2016

Today in class we created a muslin for our tote. Going into class, I was confident that my bag was of such simple design I didn’t need to worry about the actual bag construction. I was more concerned with working out the details, and wanted it to be a useable muslin. Construction was more difficult than expected, and my pattern needed to be modified. Since class, I have made a second muslin, which is still not exactly how I imagined, but my kids aren’t too picky, so they’ll do. I’m looking forward to moving on from this.