K-State Class Takes a Deeper Look at Denim

K-State Class Takes a Deeper Look at Denim


Teagan Hamblin>>It?s really interesting to
see how much work goes into something so simple that everyone just grabs everyday and throws
them on and wears them to so many different events. Joycelyn Burdett>>Focus on your jeans for
today. Joycelyn Burdett>>We have actually seven
different competitions. Teagan Hamblin>>Basically we get to create
our own line which is an amazing opportunity as a student to do and it?s all our original
designs and we get to pattern it , produce it and then in December we get to actually
show it to everybody which is really, really exciting for us to be able to do. Blair Umholtz>>I personally am going to try
to do more of Moto-inspired jeans so I?m going to add more little pin tucks and pleats in
order to add additional characteristics to mine. So I was thinking those soft, lightweight
fabrics mixed with more of that structured, strong denim. Teagan Hamblin>>My designs are kind of inspired
by Sweeney Todd and steam punk which is kind of a futuristic look on more of a Victorian,
vintagey. Joycelyn Burdett>>I came up with the idea
that our students really need to know more about fine cotton fabrics and the variety
that cotton is made into. I wanted the students to also learn about all of the often time
invisible businesses that are working in the fashion production chain. Blair Umholtz>>I?m really excited to be able
to go and see, we?re going to be able to go to the actual farms and check out cotton strippers,
which are the big giant machines so I?m pretty excited to see everything from start to finish. Teagan Hamblin>>Even being from rural Kansas,
I was like oh whatever, cotton farming, there?s cotton farms everywhere no big deal, but seeing
how many different steps just one little ball of cotton takes to finally end up a pair of
jeans is crazy. Joycelyn Burdett>>So the major funding is
from Cotton Incorporated whose headquarters is in Cary, North Carolina. Then we have the
Kansas Cotton Association. The farmers in Kansas have supported the travel for both
my classes to go to Texas and we have some support also coming from Lee Jeans, whose
headquarters is in Merriam, Kansas. Blair Umholtz>>It?s exciting. It?s esciting.
It?s something new that we haven?t gotten to do before. Joycelyn Burdett>>I expect that we?re going
to have some really great things to show in the fashion show on December 1.


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