Creating Garment Blocks For Fashion Outcomes: A04 Present (Nottingham)



Creating Garment Blocks for Fashion Outcomes:  A04 Present – A practical workshop for GCSE/A Level Art & Design teachers.

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Creating Garment Blocks
For Fashion Outcomes:  A04 Present

Venue:   The Nottingham Emmanuel School
| Gresham Park Road | West Bridgford | Nottingham NG2 7YF
TIMES:   9:30 – 15:30

This is a full day practical skills course, developing your own set of Fashion Blocks that can be easily assembled by students of GCSE & A Level. This new course is led by Nicky Simpson specifically for teachers of GCSE & A Level Textiles for both Art & Design and D&T.

This course is aimed at Textile and Art teachers who are either new to teaching GCSE/A Level or those who want to add to their resources by spending a whole day creating fashion blocks. We will also be looking at techniques and how they can be used in these fashion outcomes. These outcomes will be related back to themes, artists and refined techniques. We will also have plenty of exemplars!

  • Understanding AO4 Present, so that students can create a ‘personal and meaningful response that realises intentions’
  • Learn and practice exciting practical skills that will enhance your teaching
  • Develop learning from KS3, creating independent, confident and enthusiastic learners at KS4/5.

What to expect on the day:

  • Practice constructed techniques and how they can be used in a fashion outcome
  • Produce student friendly blocks for a raglan sleeve jacket, a skirt, a shift dress or jacket, trousers or shorts, a corset, and all in one top (limited seams) and a sleeve
  • How students can illustrate their final design and transfer and connect their theme, primary, artists and refined techniques to the final outcome
  • Working 3 dimensionally; use of a mannequin.
  • How to create confident students who can work independently and unaided for the 10-hour sustained focus under examination conditions
  • We will be looking at outcomes that include the following areas of study: Constructed textiles, Digital textiles, Dyed fabrics, Printed fabrics, Fashion design, Stitched and/or embellished textiles
  • Understand how to develop knowledge of 3D outcomes from KS3, creating independent, confident and enthusiastic learners at KS4/5.

Nicky Simpson Textiles skills course

 What you take back to school:

  • Fashion blocks to use in class.
  • Great, achievable ideas to enhance your teaching.
  • Develop best practices in teaching and learning and be able to use these to create a dynamic course that is fast paced and engaging.
  • An awareness of available resources to support/expand your existing practice.
  • Make secure decisions and save time with gained knowledge and experience.
  • Plan the future with confidence.
  • Continued professional development


2016 Grades: GCSE 52% of students achieved A-A*
2015 & 2016 A Level Grades 100% A*
2017 Grades: A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A* (100% B-A*)

Moderators comments:
“Textiles candidates personal portfolios were brimming with ideas, experiments and references to textile and fashion designers as well as fine artists. Overall the submission was exceptional in the engagement and industry and imaginative use of materials’. 2016

‘In Textiles, the standard of the work was outstanding…The course structure was strong. Finished pieces were often exciting and innovative. The individuality of the candidates was clearly seen in the diversity of colours, styles and techniques carefully annotated in work books and then displayed in the final outcomes.”

“The course gave candidates a very strong framework on which to build a response to the theme. Ideas were developed showing depth and thought so that the work of the highest achieving candidates was original, creative and in-depth.” 2015


The Nottingham Emmanuel School
Gresham Park Road
West Bridgford

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Nicky Simpson textilesNicky Simpson
PGCE; BA(Hons) Textiles Design: Specialising in print.



Nicky has been a Textile and Fashion consultant for the Textile Skills Academy for 5? years now, she also works as a contemporary textile artist, her artwork combines all things textural, she likes to craft with a heat press featuring both machine and hand embroidery, delivering tutorials in her small studio. Nicky’s initial career was in the fashion industry working for 22 years in the heart of London as a print designer and colourist. She worked for a French mill based in Lyon and went on to create seasonal fashion print collections, buying and redesigning archive prints. Nicky designed for all the high street stores from Marks and Spencer to River Island.

Nicky’s second career was in teaching as Head of Fashion & Textiles at Hillview School for Girls in Kent. She has taught Art & Design Textiles at GCSE and A Level, AQA Design and Technology/Textiles at A Level and GCSE and BTEC Level 3 Fashion. Her last set of grades were:  A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A* (100% A*-B).

Nicky has mentored many graduate trainees, taken workshops at the Knitting & Stitching show, volunteers as an art therapist and now presents the workshops to fellow Textile and Art teachers on behalf of the Textile Skills Academy.


  • ‘Superb day – so inspirational! So much covered and a LOT of new skills learnt. Thanks!!’ Jessie L.
  • ‘Loads of info which was GREAT. All really useful & relevant. Brilliant starting point for newish Art & Design teacher. Thank you so much.’ Rebecca F.
  • ‘Fabulous presenter. Gave loads + loads of information and ideas. I feel really inspired! Loved the practical samples we did. Would highly recommend!’ Wendy P.
  • ‘A great course with lots of hands-on sampling. Great idea to hold it in a school which is much more realistic than an outside venue, gives ideas on taking creative inspiration back to the classroom’.
  • ‘Fantastic day, really useful and applicable to both Art and D&T subjects. Thanks!’


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