Denim Hotpants: Topshop
Headscarf: Vivienne Westwood
Bought this Vivienne Westwood scarf off Ebay a few weeks ago, thanks to the wonderful ebay skills of VIPXO! I love it and have been wearing it loads lately. I bought the top in London in November, Dave had given me 10 minutes in Topshop so I literally had to run around but managed to find this little beauty. I couldn’t resist it because it reminded me of something I used to have when I was about 5 years old.
So I’ve had one of those “one week till deadline” weeks, i.e. mad panic. I don’t know what it is about me, no matter how organised and prepared I am; I still worry….a lot. But I think I’m ready, all my assignments are printed and I have my presentation ready for 10.40am on Friday…….eeeeek. Feel like I’ve learnt a lot about my learning style this semester, this course is so different to my foundation degree and it’s been a real challenge. I’ve become increasingly aware of my obsessive list writing!! Dave teases me but it really helps me to make sure I’m not forgetting anything and also to make a plan of how to tackle a work load. I’m hoping that next semester will be a bit more enjoyable as I’ll actually get to make the collection that I’m proposing, I’ve really missed the hands on creativity of making clothes. I’ve also included a timeline in my proposal so I shouldn’t have that first couple of weeks feeling lost at the start of a semester.
Feel like I’ve been locked away for years, cannot wait till Friday lunchtime when I’ll be able to relax and start getting into the Christmas spirit!
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.
I only went out to do the food shopping today but I didn’t want to post a boring outfit. So blogging means that I make more of an effort; even when I’m only going to Tesco!!
I bought this vintage dress from ebay a couple of years ago, it’s one of my favourites and I wore it a lot over the summer last year. The weather wasn’t great today though so I teamed it with cream woolen falke tights. I’d put my hair into cushion rollers last night and then combed the curls this morning, it looked crazy! Catwalk style frizz, awesome but too much for the supermarket so I just pinned it all up on top of my head. Dave took my portrait on his pentax and mamiya film cameras and I can’t wait to see how they turn out. But he took photos on the digital too so that I had them for my blog:
Dress: 198os vintage via ebay
I’ve got all the toiles for the childrenswear finished today. I’m happy with how it’s all turned out, I’ve had to make a few adjustments as I’ve gone along but I’ll scan all the notes in tomorrow if you want to read about it. I have made the toiles from calico but want to re-toile one of the sleeves tomorrow from something much more light weight (perhaps some polyester lining fabric) so that I can get a more realistic idea of how it would drape. The dresses look good but I need to try them on the tailors dummy to check the fit and so that I can photograph them. I’m in uni tomorrow, so I can start on the womenswear designs as I don’t have a size 12 block at home.
I got myself a bit stressed out this afternoon; I’ve been checking my email at regular intervals to see if I’ve had anything from UCAS track but nothing has come through yet. Dave and I took Bracken for a walk this afternoon and I suddenly got in a panic about how much time I have left on my FMP and also what I will do if I don’t get onto the course that I want. I’m trying to stay calm, I’m hoping to go to London on Wednesday; I’m going to go to Shepard’s Bush as my mentor told me that she saw loads of pleated fabrics on Goldhawke Road and it will probably be cheaper for me to buy it ready pleated if I can find something suitable.
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 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
Wow, we just got home from seeing Black Swan and it was epic. Natalie Portman’s acting was incredible, I don’t think I’ve ever been so drawn into a film before. It was so intensely dark but so beautiful. Rodarte’s costumes were spectacular, I’ve been waiting for months for the film to come out after reading that they were doing the costumes. It’s such a shame that they won’t get the recognition that they deserve, read this article from Fashionista to find out why. I knew the film was going to be dark, but I didn’t realise just HOW dark it was going to be; I feel like I just need to sit quietly to calm down and let my heart rate return to normal!!
I’d definitely recommend going to see it, just be prepared! I want to watch it again, not for a while though.
I’m going to start on some uni work now, don’t feel like I’ve got anywhere near enough done today but then I never feel I’ve done enough! I’m researching designer/brands that I aspire to be like for my business module, I have rather a long list at the moment so think I’m going to have to narrow it down a bit. I think it would be better for me to research 10 or so really thoroughly rather than trying to research more and not having in depth enough information.
This is the outfit I wore today, it was the first outing for my Deena+Ozzy, Urban Outfitters boots. Aren’t they the shiniest, beautifulist boots you’ve ever seen?!! I saw them in the Oxford Circus Urban Outfitters but they only had a size 3 & 4 left, three weeks later they popped up in the sale on the website 🙂
Boots: Deena+Ozzy at Urban Outfitters
I don’t think I’ve featured this dress before, which is surprising as it’s one of my favourites. It’s a 1930s silk tea gown, it was my first proper vintage buy from a shop called Tea Gowns and Textiles in Leominster. I love the coral coloured silk and the hand embroidery on the collar is exquisite. I had my second tutorial with Lindsay today for Start-Up Planning and Promotion; I discussed my business idea with her and we agreed that over the next week I need to identify if there are companies producing anything similar and also boutiques through which I could sell my product. I need to write a questionnaire that I could take to these companies to help me understand what they are looking for when they choose their products. I also need to come up with a rough idea for a range plan, Lindsay suggested 12 pieces e.g 2 dresses, 3 tops etc. There’s lots of research and thinking to do, I’m really enjoying it though. I don’t want to see this as a brief for uni, I actually want to treat it as a live project so that I could actually take the business plan and put it into action straight away. The sooner I get the research and everything for this done the better, there are a couple of boutiques nearby that I want to take the questionnaire to before the next tutorial so writing that is one of my priorities.
I wanted to get a better picture of my new brogues up too, I picked these little beauties up in the Topshop sale on Friday.
Dress: 1930s vintage from Tea Gowns and Textiles