I wore this outfit to work on Tuesday but didn’t get a chance to photograph it as I didn’t get home till late. It seemed a shame to waste a cute outfit so I wore it again today, although I didn’t wear the glasses on Tuesday. I work in an office full of middle aged men and they rarely get my dress sense as it is. It was whilst wearing it at work that I got told I looked like I was in the Brownies! Completely accidental but it does a bit, I had to remind myself of the Brownie Guide Law:
“A Brownie Guide thinks of others before herself and does a good turn every day.”
It’s a pretty good rule to live your life by I’d say, don’t you agree? Oh, and yes I am wearing my H&M boots again…
Blouse: River Island
Had a good day at uni today, I had to give a presentation this morning on my Creative Entrepreneurship proposal. I felt really happy with how it went, quite difficult to reflect on something when it went so well to be honest. It would have been easier if I’d reached this point sooner so I had more time to pull the proposal together, should be ok though. The only comment my lecturer made was to suggest that I enter the Fashion Fringe competition and use this as part of my work, I’ve had a look at the website since I’ve got home and it looks like a good idea. Feel like it would fit in with what I’m aiming to achieve.
I spent another couple of hours in the print room again today, I feel like I’ve taken some giant leaps forward since last week:
I think because I had thought about the layout and colours etc and done a few sketches of what I wanted to get done. So when I went in there it was just a case of setting up and doing it. Colour mixing is proving a bit tricky, Sue the technician had told me that the inks dry a lot lighter than they look when mixed but it still surprised me just how much lighter. This will come with practice though, I’m still very pleased with the progress I’ve made in such a short space of time. Back in there on Tuesday morning before I head off to London, I’m hoping to try out foiling; I want to try as many different techniques before submitting my proposal on the 16th December.
I had a brilliant day yesterday, Dave and his mum had gone to watch Stoke play at Wembley. Whilst I obviously missed him, it was a great opportunity to turn the dining room into a sewing room and I was so pleased with everything I got done. I’ve completely finished toiling the last ladies dress and also completed the toile of the second ladies dress (the one with the ruffled skirt). I’m so so happy with how they both look, I think they’re going to be breath taking when made in the real fabrics. I’m going over to my mum’s tomorrow after work so will be able to photograph them both on the stand and assess the fit of them properly. I’ve tried them both on and although they are obviously far too big, there doesn’t seem to be anything majorly wrong. I do need to extend the back bodice on dress 2 by 6cm and the whole bodice on dress 3; I used my bodice block rather than my dress block and didn’t check the length.
I have packed my fabric and sent it to be pleated today too, it’s really exciting and also a relief to feel like I’m actually making some progress with things now. My plan for Tuesday and Wednesday is to get as much cut out and overlocked at my mum’s as I can and then I can always continue sewing at home if I’ve got all the edges overlocked. I also want to get my sketchbook as near to being finished as I can, there’s lots of drawings I’ve done and haven’t stuck in and a lot of annotation to do. At the moment I don’t feel that it clearly tells the story of my collection and I think that’s really important. My research has been one of my weaker areas before and so I don’t want this to bring my marks down.
I haven’t really got any uni work done today as I was modelling for a photoshoot in an upcoming magazine Prototype, the magazine is being launched by my friend Laura. Today’s outfit post is a sneak peak from the shoot, photography by the very talented Dave:
Denim Jacket: H&M
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.
Necklace and Bracelet: Accessorize
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.
And three days of outfit posts in a row, aren’t I doing well??!!! I’ve spent the day so far working on some more initial designs, I have to say I’m still really pleased with all of them and they all fit my brief well too. Hopefully going through them with Tracey tomorrow will help me identify the strongest elements to develop further into the final designs. I’m going to spend the evening working on print designs I think, and getting some estimates for fabrics and printing etc. But before I start on that I’ve been promising Dave for weeks that I would make him a cake! I got a bit carried away in the kitchen, I made soup, fairy cakes, a victoria sponge, jam tarts and a pie!!! I’m finally in my pjs ready for bed and to do it all again tomorrow. I wanted to show you the back of this blouse, I love the collar but I need to put a few tacking stitches in it as it flops about all over the place.
Skirt: Handmade by me.
I paid another flying visit to London yesterday, Bubble London was on and it was a good opportunity for me to see the different childrenswear brands that are in the market. I came across a few that I would like to contact to discuss the possibility of work placements. After Bubble, I went and met my friend Lydia at the Design Museum for the Drawing Fashion Exhibition. I’d been meaning to visit this since it opened at the beginning of November. I would recommend anyone with even a vague interest in fashion illustration visiting before the exhibition closes on March 6th, it was truly inspirational to see early Vogue illustrations by artists such as George Burbier and Georges Lepape. My main reason to visit though was to see Bernard Bloussac’s and Rene Gruau’s illustrations of early Dior collections. Both these illustrators works are so fluid and romantic, they draw me in and I could just stare at them for hours wondering what the model is thinking.
Best of all, whilst wondering around the exhibition I came up with a fantastic idea for my logo. I need to work on it a bit but fingers crossed I think it’s going to be really good.
Another trip to Yo!Sushi for tea, I really would eat sushi everyday if I could. It’s my favouritist food in the entire world nomnomnom getting rather hungry just thinking about it!
Had quite a few compliments for my outfit yesterday, was quite chuffed as it’s all really old stuff that I just hadn’t put together before. I must have looked a bit interesting as this guy on the tube was drawing me, I managed to get a sneaky peak as I got off at Angel and wish that I’d given him my email address because it looked a gorgeous sketch. Oh well, it’ll teach me for being shy.
T-shirts and vest: Topshop
Skirt: Love @ Topshop
Things are so hectic at the moment that Thursday seems a long time ago! On Thursday morning I had a coffee with Sam Lovell who runs the top-up year at Staffordshire Uni, I left her feeling so inspired and excited; the course seems absolutely perfect for me. It’s called “Entrepreneurship for the Creative and Cultural Industries”, it’s quite business orientated but that’s what I need if I want to set up my own business. Fingers crossed I can get in! Anyway this is what I wore, at long last I’ve got a picture of my lovely new coat:
Navy beret: Accessorize
Coat: River Island
Trousers: Miss Selfridge
White Socks: Accessorize
Shoes: Miss Selfridge
I feel rather French today in my red beret, one of the few things I like about winter is that I get to wear all my hats; I seemed to have a particular beret fetish last winter and now have four in different colours! I’m sure you will be seeing me in the others rather regularly if today’s weather is anything to go by; it’s far too rainy, cold and grotty to spend ages making my hair look pretty. Today’s photo was taken indoors in rubbish light, it’s always too dark when we get home to take the photo outside now.
Dress: Motel Rocks
Cardigan: Cherokee @ Tesco