Monthly Archives: October 2010

Constructing the toile…

I’ve spent over four hours today just putting seam allowance on all the pattern pieces ūüė¶ it’s been¬†so so so fiddley. Luckily for me the actual fabric cutting and sewing together seems to be coming along much faster and so far so good; it’s going together perfectly. I can only do the top half of the dress as I don’t have enough calico here but at least it will give a good idea and I should be able to get the rest finished tomorrow. I don’t know how I could have speeded up putting on the seam allowance as there is so many different angles and things, it would have been easier if I had a bigger desk though!


Mish mash…

Phew, soooo¬†tired. Finally got home after many hours of travelling at 00:30 but then for some reason was very wide awake and have only had three hours sleep; suffering for it now and am just about to have another much needed¬†hit of caffeine. Off to the hairdressers and so haven’t done anything fancy with my hair, so looking forward to it I’ve lost inspiration with my hair the past couple of weeks. Anyway, today’s outfit is rather a mish mash of lots of things I love:

Gold sparkley¬†ankle socks: can’t remember where these are from, wish I could!!!

Stripey tights: Topshop

Black diamonte knickers: Topshop

Flamingo t-shirt: H&M

Parka: Miss Selfridge

Hat: Accessorize

Wow, that sounds even more random written down. But I like it so there ūüėČ

So strokable!

I’m so sorry for the quality of pictures this week, I’m going back home tomorrow night so will have my lovely photographer back on hand! I can’t believe that tomorrow is my last day at Anna Scholz, it’s gone so quickly, feel I’m just settling back into life in London and it’s time to go again. I have so much work to do though, it will be good to be back so that I can get on with the things that I can’t do here. Today I’m wearing a velvet maxi skirt that I bought in the Miss Selfridge sale, with student discount it cost me ¬£6.30 who could say no to such a bargain! It feels so lovely I just want to stroke it all the time and I have been!!! I kept thinking that people might think I was really strange wondering around absent mindedly stroking myself! I had a Barry M lipstick in my handbag that matched the plum of the skirt perfectly (you can’t really see the colours in the photo but I will definitely be wearing this again soon and so will have a better photo then)

Making a pattern for the toile…

It’s taken me ages because it’s been so fiddley, but I’ve finally got a new paper pattern for my toile:

It utilises the way that I have decided to create the cubes and is for the design I have developed from Jayne’s original. I traced out the dress block to be one piece rather than on¬†the half and dropped the neckline by 3cm as the neckline on the block is very high and close fitting. I¬†made numerous cube patterns in varying sizes: 5cm, 7.5cm and 9cm. When I made the original toile pattern I stuck a fully formed cube straight onto the dress block, drew the style/seam lines from the corners of the cubes and then had great difficulty cutting it into the actual pattern pieces. To combat this I first drew the squares onto the block in the positions I wanted them and cut them away so that I had square shaped holes. I then drew all my style lines connecting the different cubes and also to the edges of the pattern. Piece by piece as I cut the style lines, I also attached the cube patterns to fit into where the holes were. I had wanted to keep the pattern in as few pieces as possible but the 3D element of the cubes meant that when laid flat some areas overlapped, obviously this made it impossible for these areas to be cut from one piece of fabric. To overcome this, I have had to one or two edges of a couple of the cubes as a free edge to be reattached into place when sewn. I’m not sure how easy that is to understand but it’s very difficult to explain! Anyway, I have ended up with 7 pattern pieces for the dress front, which is still pretty good going! I need to mark and notch all the cube edges on the pattern to have a stitched line to keep the cube edges more defined. A possible problem that I anticipate is the grainline of the pieces, I’m worried with all the different angles that the cubes won’t sit correctly. I need to add seam allowances and then I’ll be able to sew it together and find out.

Time Management….

List time! I need to get back into the habit of making regular lists and timetables; I seem to have fallen back into the old trap of spending too much time on one thing and then panicking when I think of all the other things I still need to do. I’ve written 3 lists: 1 for each module. Although these lists may be a little exhaustive, I actually feel much calmer now I can see that it will be a managable (if not very busy!) work schedule.

Arts University College Bournemouth…

Phew!! What a long day! Pretty much every form of public transport utilised today. My first impression of Bournemouth was that it was very cold, wet and windy. The course seems much more up my street than the one at Manchester, it’s much more design based. The campus seemed nice, although I didn’t have a huge amount of time (or the desire with the yucky weather) to explore a great deal. It’s definitely looking like an option, and if I went there we could live by the sea!!

Can you guess where I work?!

So I’m back in London again this week and am all wrapped up as it is very very cold. Rather tired after another 4am start but I’ve had a good day, I really feel I’m getting a lot from working with Stefanie. I apologise for the poor quality photo but I still can’t find my camera charger and so am having to use my phone:

Hat: River Island

Fox Jumper: River Island

Shorts: Topshop

Leggings: River Island

Legwarmers: H&M

Boots: River Island.

Off from Anna’s tomorrow to go to Bournemouth Arts University Open Day, Walking, Tube, Train, Bus; any other form of public transport I could fit in??