Friday 7th April
Now that all the sachets where complete, I was able to start joining them together. The method I addressed for this was creating 6 columns of 8 sachets which could then be sewn together at the top to create the neckline. This method became rather difficult when it came to sewing all the tops together as the weight of the garment became extremely heavy. As a result, this then caused issues with the strength of the garment, as certain point in the neckline became to stretch because of the pressure.
To resolve this issue. I deconstructed the garment taking away all put the joined sachets. Leaving just the neckline. Then, using the left over sachets. I melted them together to form a plastic band, which I used to bind the neckline to add strength. Using the sewing machine, I stitched the binding in place several time to ensure that stretching was strong and durable. Finally, in the weak joints between the sachets, I stitched a triangle to spread out the pressure that would have been focused on specific points on the neckline. Once the neckline was secure and strong, I reattached the columns to the corresponding sachets creating the length to the garment.
Now that all the sachets where in place. I have to create a way for the garment to be attached together between the columns. Therefore, using the same method, I used to create the band for the binding around the neckline I created strips of plastic, with a hole in one end. These where then attached to the garment and threaded together using the blue rope I had gathered from the milking parlour.
Throughout the process of making this garment we came across issues with leaks, which were resolved by re-melting the sachet or replacing the sachet with one that wasn’t in use. We also came across the issue that the garment was too long for the model to walk down the catwalk. Therefore we had to remove a sachet from the end of each of the columns. Over all this garment was successful, but because of the weight and how fragile the garment is, we need to ensure that the garment is kept aside and carried safely to ensure that the garment doesn’t get damaged in the transportation from one building to the other.