A number of Year 8 students at MGGS are taking part in a fashion and textiles club to develop the skills required to make a shift dress. A shift dress is one that falls straight from the shoulders with darts around the bust following either a scoop or boat neckline. It is a versatile garment that can be accessorised with multiple fashion options for a range of occasions. Students have started by investigating different dyeing techniques that could be used on their pattern pieces. Here you can see students carrying out both natural bundle dyeing on cotton using flowers and leaves from the woodland walk, alongside traditional Japanese itajime resist dyeing made by folding and clamping different objects into the fabric. You can see how varied the results are as each type of dyeing produces different effects. We look forward to seeing their dresses take shape in future sessions.