Year 8 – DT – Textiles 1

Fashion Up-cycling Project

Design Brief: To design an up-cycled product using an item of clothing or furnishings.

Background reading and resources to help

Shop less, mend more: making more sustainable fashion choices

To help with your work read and watch the links below.

Reportedly topped only by oil, the fashion industry is contributing to major environmental destruction – mainly because consumers insist on buying so many clothes at such cheap prices.

Water is a significant part of the problem. Textile manufacturing uses huge amounts of water, much of which gets flushed into waterways laden with contaminants such as bleaches, acids, inks and dyes. Horrifyingly, farmers in parts of China and India are reportedly predicting fashion’s next biggest hues by the colour of rivers tainted by textile industry runoff. (Click the link to watch the 2016 documentary/trailer River Blue.) Fast fashion has terrible impacts on people, too, with workers in developing nations often paid a pittance to labour in unsafe conditions.

Read these articles

Task 1:

Task 1 – As part of your project you will be researching the theme of recycling and upcycling of clothing. To help you get started it is important to look at products that have been made before.

Use google to help you find at least 6 examples of upcycled clothing. Describe what has been used to make the product.

Task 2:

To continue the project it is important to have a bit of information about the process of making clothing and why it is so important to be more sustainable in the fashion industry. Have a look at the video clip below and then answer the questions below to test your understanding.


Where does cotton come from?

What is needed to grow cotton?

What can pesticides do to the planet?

Explain what the difference is between cotton and organic cotton?

What happen to the dye from a T shirt if it is not disposed properly?

What method of transport is used to deliver T shirts to different countries?

Challenge Task

Write a list of what we can do to improve the current situation within the fashion industry.

Task 3:

Client Profile – Use the box below to write some information about your client

You must now start to explore the wants and needs of your target user, thinking specifically about how this will influence your design ideas.

Task 4:

Now you have thought about who you will be designing your product for you need to find out what they want it to be like. You are going to interview your client. This will give you a great opportunity to get detailed information – this might help you get more ideas for your product.

Think of at least 5 questions-

EG: I am going to be designing you a top what style of top would you like?

I would like a top I could use when I cycle so I would really like it to be casual and comfortable but be interesting to look at.

Would you like any special features on the top?

 I will be using it for cycling so I would like a pocket on it to store my phone.

Learning check

Client Interview

Tick the points below to see if you have thought of all these point when writing the questions and answers for your interview

  • I have used full sentences for each question
  • I have used correct spelling and DT language.
  • The questions link to research material.
  • I have written all the answers to the questions clearly so they are easy to understand.
Challenge Task

Evaluate your answers from the interview with your client. What can you do next?

Well done! This is week one of four. Please contact your teacher if you have any problems.