I don’t think I could have been much more colour co-ordinated yesterday:
Dress (worn underneath): Warehouse
Tights: Topshop Shoes: Irregular Choice
Nails: Claire’s Matt Nude and Barry M: 47 Black
I’ve finished the front bodice of dress 2:
I made the toile from a polyester lining fabric as even the lightest weight calico would not give a realistic impression of how the real garment will look. To begin with I was having difficulty chalking out the pattern, never mind cutting it as it was slipping all over the place. However, then I remembered that Stefanie at Anna Scholz taught me a handy little trick: to tape the fabric onto paper keeping it secure and straight. It makes marking and cutting a million times easier. Before stitching the pintucks, I pressed them into place as advised in the “Sewing Technique Bible”. Again, this made my job a million times easier. I have started working on the pattern for the skirt today too, but need to do some modelling on the stand to get the shape right.
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.
Sorry for the lack of posts this week; I’ve been feeling really sick all week and haven’t had much energy. As I’ve been feeling ill, I’ve worked from home this week and have therefore not really worn anything worthy of blogging. I did pop in to uni for a couple of hours this morning though and used this as another opportunity to wear my beautiful new boots, this time I teamed them with a black bodycon dress, brightened up with raspberry wool tights:
Boots: River Island
I’ve got a lot done this week, sometimes I wish I could work from home all the time as it’s so much easier to work with all my things around me. Plus I don’t lose all the travel time! My portfolio is ready for my interview for the Top-Up Year at Staffordshire University on Monday (trying not to get too nervous about this!!) and I have toiled one of my childrenswear designs and am well on the way to getting the second one done. The bodice of the dress I have toiled has tucks the whole way across the front and back; it took me a couple of hours yesterday drafting the pattern for the front as I had to split the pattern and spread the sections but thankfully Stefanie at Anna Scholz has explained a better way to do this and so I was able to draft the back really quickly. The method she explained is much quicker and means that I didn’t end up with a pattern covered in strips of tape! I have to say I’m really pleased with how the toile has turned out. It looks exactly as I had imagined but I need to add a seam into the centre back so that I can put a concealed zip in as the head hole is rather small otherwise!
I have work in the morning and then I’m meeting my sister and a friend for a late lunch but will hopefully make progress with the next design tomorrow evening.
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)
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
Leggings: River Island
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??
Over the summer I did a work placement with the lovely people at Anna Scholz and have been lucky enough to be invited to work with them for another 2 weeks 🙂 Check out Anna’s Blog. So here I am back in the big smoke, but it’s a bit colder than when I was here in July!! Unfortunately I have forgotten to bring my camera with me, hence the reason I’ve been a bit neglectful on the outfit posts. I’m going back home for the weekend though so I promise to make up for it next week. Just to keep you going, here’s a photo of when I helped out at an Anna Scholz photoshoot in the summer:
Clockwise from top left: Me (with blonde hair!), Gina, Natalie, Julia, Nina, Liz, Winnie