Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Thursday, 29 November 2012

The Little Black Dress - The Lining

So it's finally arrived; the final garment, my very own.
Little Black dress.

I begin the process with the dreaded cutting out of the fabric. I decided in order to keep me in place that i'd label my sketch.
Technical Drawing
I then went about selecting the various pattern pieces and cut them out in the desired fabric. I'd decided upon using duchess satin for the majority of the garment as it appealed to my target customer and the overall look of the design. I also chose to contrast this with black cotton to add a different texture alongside the use of the sheer fabric, Georgette. 

After two painful days of cutting out the pattern pieces I decided to get the worst part over and done with; the pleated Georgette bodice panel.
Sheer Fabric Pattern Piece
Just as I was told, sheer fabric was the worst to work with. It all began when I decided to cut out the overly long pattern piece. Securing this fabric was tres difficult!! 
Pleated Pattern Piece
Somehow I managed to cut it out and then somehow I managed to pleat the whole thing! I soon realized that I should also secure it with pins as the pleats were coming out as I was pressing the next. Then miraculously I was able to secure it with a stay stitch so that it would be easier to line up when cutting the panel piece out. 
Secured
Panel Piece
2 painful days later and it was ready to be stitched up to the bodice.
I decided to work from the inside out and so I started with the lining of the garment. 
I began with the construction of the bodice, piecing together the individual pattern pieces.
Front Bodice Lining
Back Bodice Lining
Then moved onto the back lining and attaching the right side seam and shoulders. I found these parts particularly tricky. Although I was using a guide to ensure I was securing the pieces with a 1cm seam, the fabric felt as though it was slipping away. So it took a few tries before I got a hold on it. 
Side Seam
Shoulder Seam
Moving my way down the garment, I then began constructing the lining of the skirt. Having put in the front and back darts I attached the side seams and the full skirt lining was complete. 
Skirt Pieces
Full Skirt Lining
Skirt Side Seam
Front Lining
With bodice and skirt done, all that was left was to attach them both at the waist. And voila, I had my lining!
Back Lining
Waist Seam
Although working with the lining fabric was very very tricky to work with, it was made easier as the pattern pieces were simpler as they were bigger pieces and didn't have all the seams of the outer dress.
With the beginnings of the dress completed, i'm definitively looking forward to putting the other pieces together and getting this dress done!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Second First Toile

So I've managed to get through making the first toile for the Little Black Dress project and now looms the second.

Monday, 12 November 2012

The First Toile

So the Little Black Dress project is well under way and couldn't be anymore exciting....and stressful! A little under half way through and I think it's about time I filled you in.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Chanel's Little Black Jacket

With a new year of college, comes a new brief to research. 
"The Little Black Dress"
I was shamefully unaware that it was Mademoiselle Gabrielle "Coco" Bonheur Chanel who was the pioneer of every woman's holy grail.

Monday, 10 September 2012

A Little BIG Discovery

So as most of you probably are, I 'like' Topshop on Facebook. So when they decided to spam my wall with Disney princess fashion illustrations, naturally I had to have a spy and see what this was all about!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

My Final Week

My first week was done and I had more than enough to be getting on with coming into the second week working at Bebe Clothing Co. Lets get into it! 

Bebe Clothing

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

A little taste of what's to come

So after a few weeks break from all things educational; it was time for me to have a sneak peak of what it's actually like working in the fashion industry; two weeks at Bebe Clothing Co.

Bebe Clothing

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Newcastle Fashion Week

So, it's Newcastle Fashion Week!
With the glorious sun shining I went along to Saturdays opening catwalk show; which showcased our very own Newcastle College second years of the Foundation Degree in Fashion. I also stuck around to have a peek at the 'Work It' catwalk; which showcased work wear from Warehouse, Marks & Spencer, Primark, John Lewis and shoes by Moda in Pelle.

Opening Catwalk at Grey's Monument, Newcastle

Saturday, 26 May 2012

My New Loves

Wondering around holiday shopping I came across these beauts, not bad for £9.99!
They also come in a lovely coral colour, I opted for the casual nudes..  


Thursday, 24 May 2012

And so the end of year one..

With all the commotion of the final breif of the first year, I barely found myself time to write about the hectic and new project that was branding.

Monday, 26 March 2012

A Little Bit Of Drawing

Last Wednesday saw the end of the denim project and the beginning of a whole new challenge; The Branding Project.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Finishing Up....

What a wurlwind this has been! Although a very enjoyable & learning one at that. I left the previous post at the finished toile, so here's the next bit...

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Oscar Inspiration

OK, so I didn't actually watch The Oscars, but that doesn't mean I can't comment on the fashion....

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli

Monday, 20 February 2012

From Paper To Calico

This week I have completed my first full toile for my "Skills for making" module. First, a little background info on the project so far...


Sunday, 12 February 2012

My BAFTA Loves

Watching the annual BAFTA awards, a few dresses caught my eye...

Viola Davis, wearing Valentino, which was made from recycled bottles. 

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Work from the Past

When thinking about what to write about in my first blog entry, I thought back to previous pieces of work throughout my journey within the art specialism which have all lead me to fashion.



I started at A Level studying Photography, Textiles and Art & Design. Here are a selection of photographs, capturing my work from this time.

"In the wrong place" - Photography - 2009