Monthly Archives: March 2011

A bit of everything….

Lots of things to write about:

I’ve decided on my brand name for my business module; I started researching fairy names as I wanted something that fitted my illustration style. I came across the name “Adorabelle” and it seems perfect; feminine and child-like but not to girly and cutesie. After that I previewed it in many different fonts to develop my logo. It’s important to find the perfect font, Lindsey gave us a handout last week showing that the Coca-Cola logo has stayed the same for the life of the product where as Pepsi has changed multiple times over the same period. The fact that Coca-Cola is so much more successful demonstrates the importance of brand identity and so I felt it important to be really sure of my choice of font.

I’ve also been working on the toile of my second dress, this is how the front bodice looks pinned to the stand:

It fits the stand really well, I’m pleased as this means that all my dart manipulation has been successful. The next step is to toile it with the tucks, these will be where I’ve drawn the red lines at the moment and then to toile the skirt. I had originally planned to line the skirt but after showing Tracey the sample I had done (see my post “Raw Edged Beauty” we both agreed that adding a lining will make the skirt feel to heavy as I want it to be light, flowing and delicate.

This is what I wore yesterday, I put on tights and boots as it was so cold and foggy I couldn’t see to the end of the drive! But then I went out at lunch to get a coffee and the sun had broken through and I felt completely overdressed for the weather:

Leather Jacket: River Island

Fur Waistcoat: Topshop

Pleated Leopard Print Skirt: River Island

Leopard Print Tights: Topshop

Boots: River Island

Silk Headscarf: Present from a friend from China

I’ve got into nail art lately, it’s a nice little thing for me to do in the evening to switch my brain off from uni stuff etc:

Blue: Barry M 295 Pale Turquoise

Yellow: Barry M 134 Yellow

I just bought myself a matt nude and top coat from Claire’s Accessories today, think I’m going to do nude with matt black tips later.


Raw Edged Beauty….

It’s been a strange weekend, we had three birthday celebrations and one of the girls was leaving from my work. We didn’t get to go to any of them though because Dave dislocated his shoulder playing rugby! The poor thing said he’d never been in so much pain (and he’s broken a lot of bones!!) It’s back in place now and he’s gone off to London to do a photo-shoot, I had to take him to the train station really early this morning and for that reason there’s no outfit post today.

I’m feeling rather pleased with the amount I’ve got done today, in particular this sample I made:

I think the raw edges really fit with my idea of the fragility of nature. It looks so beautiful I want to make myself a dress from it! The fabric consumption is going to be high but it is most definitely worth it.

I’ve also started working out all the pintucks for the bodice of this dress, but I want to check how the calico plain bodice piece fits the stand before cutting the pintucked paper pattern (just in case I need to make any further adjustments). It did occur to me though that if I really need to put a dart back in, I might be able to put it into one of the tucks.

One last thing, when I was in London I saw the Irregular Choice shoes that I want this season:

I tried them on and they look so amazingly awesome! Unfortunately for me they are £149.99 so not sure when I’ll actually be able to afford them, maybe I’ll have to wait till my birthday.


Meet My New Friend Christopher…..

Whenever I go to London I always buy one of the following from Topshop: a pair of tights, a ring or a Barry M nail varnish. Always have to have some jelly belly beans too!! On this occasion I bought two rings, I’ve named the top one Christopher:

Because he’s a crocodile his name has to start with a C, yes I may be a little crazy but hey.

The sun was shining again yesterday and I had Remi Nicole “Go Mr Sunshine” on repeat! Here’s me and Bracken dancing to it in the garden this morning!!:

And a better shot of my outfit:

Rings: Topshop

Leggings: Topshop

Jumper: H&M

Sandals: New Look

I had a really successful afternoon yesterday, I’ve started drafting the pattern of the next womenswear dress. It was more difficult than I thought; the bodice is made up with diagonal pintucks and so any darts would interfere with the lines of the tucks. However I still want the bodice to be fairly close-fitting and so have had to do a lot of dart manipulation! I know that it’s never going to be really close fitted with no darts but I think I’ve got it as close as it’s going to be. The paper pattern fitted to the stand quite well, so I just need to see what it looks like in fabric.


Wearing a Giant Hat of Cleverness!

I got home from London to find that my Dad had sent me a card to say well done for getting onto my course:

Isn’t it brilliant?! I’ve set it as my wallpaper on my laptop and am going to put it in a frame on my wall.

I worked from home yesterday so no outfit post but I did get the toile of one of the womenswear dresses finished, it’s toiled in calico so it doesn’t fall so well as it will in the proper fabric:

There is another pleated layer which will join into the seam of the waistband and skirt but the main point was to get the idea of how the pintucks would look and how the dress would fit as I’ve had to mess around with the darts quite a lot. Over all I’m really pleased with this, I think the pintucks look really effective. I still had to ease the bodice into the top of the waistband a lot though, I think the front waistband could do with another 1cm (0.5cm on each side) really. I think I’m going to take about 15cm off the length too.


Sun is in the sky, oh why oh why would I wanna be anywhere else…

I went to London for the day on Wednesday, it was so beautifully and sunny. The sunshine makes me feel so happy, I was sitting on the train on the way there with my iPod on and it just felt like a perfect day. This little printed summer dress seemed very appropriate, I also took a few detail shots:

I’ve had loads of compliments about my nails the past couple of days, nobody could believe when I say I did it myself.

Dress: Primark

Cardigan: Topshop

Necklace and Bracelet: Accessorize

Brogues: Topshop

When I got into London, I had a lovely lunch with some people from Anna Scholz and then headed off to Goldhawk Road to do some fabric shopping. Stefanie had told me that she had seen a lot of pleated fabrics in one shop in particular; UK Textiles and so I headed there first. The sheer amount of fabric shops on Goldhawk Road was pretty overwhelming, I wish I’d had more time there really. Unfortunately none of the pleated fabrics I found were quite what I was looking for but I got various colours of silk chiffon for two of the womenswear dresses and a gorgeous silk cotton mix for one of the childrenswear designs. Since I bought the silk cotton, I’ve decided that I would really like to use it for the third womenswear dress so I’m going to try and contact the shop to see if I can buy some more over the phone.

If not I may just go again within the next few weeks as I didn’t have time to visit the Yoji Yamamoto exhibition at the V on Wednesday.


Getting Fabric Professionally Pleated….

I’ve been meaning to write this post for about a week now, I sent two samples of fabrics to be professionally pleated after I decided that the pleating attachment for my sewing machine wasn’t going to work well enough. I had been told that synthetic fabrics hold pleats much better than natural fibres and so I sent 1 metre of silk crepe georgette and 1 metre of polyester chiffon to the pleaters so that I could compare. I also had two different types of pleats, the silk is 15mm accordian pleats and the polyester is 15mm flat knife pleats:

Silk Crepe Georgette set with 15mm accordion pleats.

Polyester Chiffon set with 15mm flat knife pleats

At the moment the silk seems to be holding the pleats just as well as the polyester, I assume that it would not withstand any washing or dry cleaning processes but this isn’t really an issue as they are not actually intended to be worn anywhere other than the catwalk show. I would actually like the pleats  to loosen a little so that they look more like this:

I’m hanging it up for a bit to see if they will loosen a bit.

These are terrible photos but I just draped each piece over my shoulder to see what they would look like as a sleeve:

This is the accordion pleats:

And this is the knife pleats:

I love how they both look, but I think I prefer the accordion pleats. I’m going to use the chiffon to toile the child’s dress sleeve, I don’t want to waste the silk on a toile as I may actually use it but I think it’s important to see how it will actually look with pleats in.


Squirrel Nutkin…..

The wood seemed the perfect place to photograph this dress. I love the squirrel print but it’s a big and I spent all day pulling it up! I’ve had such a lovely day, it’s so nice to not be freezing cold. I feel like I’ve got a lot achieved too; yoga, uni, dog walk, gardening, more  uni work and cooking!

The water in the ponds was so still and clear it created a perfect mirror image !! Squirrel Dress: Riko for Topshop Tights: Falke Cardigan: Topshop Brogues: Topshop Bracken had a wonderful time too:

This morning was interesting at uni; I had Start-Up Planning and Promotion and we were looking at brand identities. I chose three companies that I aspire to be like; looking at there logos, colour schemes, websites and photoshoots etc. I then had to present back to the group to explain why I liked these brands. The three I chose all had the following in common: pastel/natural colour schemes, clear crisp fonts and beautifully styled photoshoots. These are things that will be key to identifying my brand identity and so over the next week I will trial different fonts and colour palettes to try to decide which I feel suits my brand best.

I’ve very almost finished toiling the first of the womenswear dresses; lots and lots of pintucks. I’m a little annoyed with myself though as I’ve made such a basic mistake; I extended the waistband straight up 3cm and then removed 3cm from the bottom edge of the bodice so that each piece was the right length but should have also measured the width of these too. Instead of just extending the waistband straight up I should have measured the bottom edge of the bodice to make sure that the edges matched together. The front is 0.5cm short (on the half) and the back is 1cm short (on the half), it’s a very small difference but it makes a huge difference. I’ve adjusted the paper pattern so just need to re-toile the waistband pieces tomorrow. Then I’m off to London on Wednesday where I’ll hopefully get some fabrics.