Lynne McCrossan: I knew that art Higher would come in handy

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Dissecting fashion is proving to be a bit of a headache.

Who knew that peeling back the many layers a designer has to consider when creating a line would end with more questions than answers?

On top of that I had no idea how expensive it actually is getting a collection together.

On average, a graduate spends £1000 to fund a handful of outfits, with many of them racking up much more than that.

A frightening figure considering there is no guarantee of commercial payback at the end of it.

I couldn’t quite understand how that was possible from the outside looking in.

Now my eyes are open.

Scoping around to see how much it would be to digitally print a pattern on a piece of fabric nearly had me falling over.

The jump off figure is £50 per metre of fabric. When you compare this with the cost of material in a high street haberdashery sitting around the £15 mark, it makes your eyes water.

So it is time to get savvy.

If I want to pop a bespoke pattern on to material then I’m going to have to get old school and do it myself.

Armed with a silk painting kit, one embroidery hoop and outliner pen, I’m praying that my higher art qualification will kick in.

Now that’s one outfit done, another 22 to go.

Fashion insider

We have a new store opening in the city which I know you are all going to love. A bit of a cross between Urban Outfitters and Anthropology, Oliver Bonas will be at the corner of Hanover Street and George Street by the middle of the month. Be sure to pop in.

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