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McGrath - Fashion Design - Cardiff, Wales, UK

Nicola McGrath

Cardiff, Wales, UK


Fashion Design


I have a BA hons degree in fashion design, a foundation degree and a national diploma in fashion/textiles.

I worked for KSJ knitwear in Cardiff designing leisure wear and T-shirts.

Interested in freelance work and full/ part time positions.

Worked with photoshop, Illustrator and excel.

Work History

Trainee machinist

Forensic Jeans

Worked with a variety of industrial sewing machines: Flat beds, Overlockers, Bar Tack, Twin needle, Belt loop, Feed off the arm and button hole.

Cutting and sewing jeans

Freelance work

Summer 2013- Present: Created costumes and accessories for UV Theatre group, Hummadruz.
Worked closely on performances of 'Eye Wonder', Rick Wakeman's 'Journey to the centre of the Earth' and Holst's- 'The Planets'
Supported the group on tour for these productions.

Spring 2009 – Created costume and textiles for a student animated film

Summer 2008 - Designed and created Bridal accessories for a personal client.

Various Alteration work for family friends: taking in and fitting garments, general repairs including: pockets, trouser hems, taking up skirts, loose stitching and replacing buttons.

sewing machinist

Classic sportswear

Worked as part of a production line, making various sportswear garments.

Worked mostly on lockstich machines, but also used overlockers, twin needle and bar tack machines.

Production assistant

Blue Bridal wear

•Cutting and making toiles: various style bodices and jackets
•Sewing in petti coats
•Various finishing including: machine sewing buttons and hand sewing.
•Pressing sample dresses
•Assisting with bridal photo shoot and sample sale
•Preparing promotional materials
•Experienced working under pressure, finishing catwalk dresses for the bridal trade show

Fashion Designer/ Buyer

KSJ Knitwear

6 months experience as an assistant designer, working on: knitwear, wovens, leisurewear and outdoor wear.

•Worked with illustrator, photo shop and excel.
•Worked on design sheets, re colouring prints, editing images and working on specs.
•Steaming and photographing garments.
•Carried out Quality Control checks, on goods shipped in from China, India and Bangladesh.

4 months experience as a designer/ buyer for leisurewear and t-shirts.

•Research and design development for upcoming seasons
•illustration and spec work on illustrator and excel
•liaising with suppliers and agents in china and Bangladesh
•General costing and placing orders.
•approvals of garments, accessories and labdips.
•sending and receiving samples
•Meeting with the Managing Director to discuss design development, trends, seasonal colours, costing and any problems in production.
•Working with other buyers on special customer orders such as Leading Labels, TJ Hughes and Factory shop.
•Creating design boards to send to buyers, showing a collection of styles and colourways
•Quality Control checks on goods in, and any production samples from factories.
•Putting together a range of leisure and t-shirt styles for the sales team.
•Working with other buyers/merchandisers to prepare for MD trips and buyer meetings.

Sales assistant

Primark Stores Ltd

•Experience of working in a high street chain.
Being responsible for maintaining a sector of the women’s wear floor
•Serving customers at the tills and on the shop floor, dealing with customer interests and queries.
•Working under pressure in a busy retail environment.
•Retrieving stock
•Working as a team and individually
•Following instructions of supervisors

waitress/ bar staff

The Radyr Court Pub

•Independently maintaining the bar and restaurant area.
Serving customers
•Liaising with customers by taking orders and taking bookings.
•Working with other members of staff to ensure customer satisfaction.
•Managing other waitresses
•Working on tills and taking phone calls.
•Maintaining stock.

Junior Stylist

Figure Head hair and beauty

•Preparing clients for appointments such as, washing hair and making them feel comfortable.
•Maintaining the salon to make it look presentable.
•Learning a trade- practiced styling and colour techniques.
•Assisting other stylists.

Qualifications & Certifications

BA hons Fashion Design

University of Wales, Newport

Art foundation and National diploma in Fashion/Textiles

Glamorgan Centre for Art and Design Technology

Radyr Comprehenisive School

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