Senior Designs for Fashion Show
BY EMMIE BARNHILL ON OCTOBER 10, 2014
Senior Tamara McKinney expertly stitches together clothing for the runway. She creates her pieces in Karen Minton’s fourth period apparel development class.
“[I am talented at] sewing clothes,” McKinney said. She attained a large portion of her apparel development knowledge from taking classes at Rose.
Over the course of four years, McKinney has learned more about sewing than she thought she ever would.
McKinney started apparel development in her freshman year. She said the class is enjoyable as it enables her to spend time doing what she loves.
Though she enjoy apparel development, it can be challenging.
The textures of cloth can make sewing easier or more difficult.
“I use all cotton to make my clothes,” McKinney said. She said that cotton is the easiest fabric to work with.
Though McKinney stitches together fully functional pieces, she prefers to keep them out of her every day wardrobe. She spends a significant amount of time creating her clothing, so she tries to keep them from being worn down with regular use.
“Last year I sewed my own clothing for the fashion show,” McKinney said. She thinks that the runway is the perfect place to show off her stunning pieces, but makes sure that they are not damaged.
Teachers at Rose see McKinney’s talent.
“[Tamara’s] work is exceptional,” Minton said.