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Woohooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve had a conditional offer for “Entrepeneurship for the Creative and Cultural Industries” course at Staffs Uni, I’m so happy….and relieved!! My UCAS track says that the condition is that I complete my foundation degree which I’m obviously going to do! It’s a big weight off my mind, as I was really worrying about what I would do as Dave had been accepted onto a PGCE course at Staffs.

I’ve almost finished drafting the pattern for one of the womenswear dresses today, it’s taken me ages to work out how the pattern would work. I’ve had to move and remove darts and add in flare and pintucks etc. My brain hurts! I’ll toile it tomorrow, I’m hoping that there won’t be too many alterations to make as the other two are going to be even more complicated.

Todays look; French vintage, 1940s style hair blended with Topshop! What do you think?

Blouse: Topshop

Coulottes: Vintage from a shop in Sacre-Couer, Paris

Stockings: Topshop

Brogues: Topshop


Blogging makes me dress better…..

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

Tights: Falke

Shoes: Primark

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.

And Breathe….

Tomorrow is my interview at Staffordshire University for the “Enrepreneurship for the Creative and Cultural Industries” Top-up Year. I had absolutely no idea where I was going and Dave is working tomorrow so I have to drive myself there. I know I’m perfectly capable of getting myself there (especially with the wonders of modern technology ie. satnav) but I was still in a panic about it and so did a test run today. It’s incredibly easy to find and should only take 25 minutes but I think I’m going to go super-duper early and sit in a cafe on campus, it saves me stressing and rushing. I hate being late for things, I’d rather be an hour early and relax before going in (well try to anyway!).

The rest of my day has been spent making some changes to my business plan, I’ve managed to reduce the costings tremendously and so it looks a lot more realistic. I’ve got it all formatted and presented nicely too, I want to take it to my interview to show that I am already getting some relevent knowledge and experience for the course. I’m completely on top of things for Start-Up Planning and Promotion now, I’m going to miss tomorrows session as I’ll be at my interview but will try and get the relevant information from the lecturer so that I can keep up to date.

The weather has been beautiful today, it’s still a bit chilly for me but the sunshine has been lovely. I even had to get the raybans out 🙂

T-Shirt: American Eagle

Skirt: Topshop

Cardigan: Topshop

Tights: River Island

Boots: River Island

So wish me luck, all my stuff is packed and ready to go. I’m going to go and cook us a nice tea now and have a glass of wine!

Not far to go….

No outfit post today, the theme is basically as many layers as possible: this has resulted in restricted movement! Dave did take my photograph but on his medium format camera so will have to wait until the film is developed.

Only a couple of weeks left before all my modules have to be submitted, things are going well. Now that the dresses are finished for the Clothes Show, I’ve had a chance to go back to the paperwork side of things. I’ve spent a lot of time recently working on my portfolio: mounting illustrations and things for the Clothes Show brief and reworking things from my first year.

 I have also done first drafts of both reports for Clothing in Culture and Context: the first is a report on the effect of World War II on women’s dress, the Utility scheme and also looks at whether the recession has seen us return to the “Make do and Mend” mentality of the War. The second report is a case study on Christian Dior and his New Look collection. I ventured out in the snow briefly today to show the drafts to Gloria, she read and was happy with the first report, although I still need to reference it properly; Gloria told me that even if I haven’t used a direct quote I need to reference any ideas as you can’t put anything in your bibliography that isn’t mentioned in the main text. I’m going to find her tomorrow once she has read my Dior report to see what she thinks of that one. The second report is to be an illustrated case study, I have already illustrated to of Dior’s New Look designs but I think I want about 6 or so to go onto presentation boards. I haven’t really done any RLJ entries for this module as we are only marked on the two reports, however I was reading the module handbook last night and it does say that although you do not have to it is recommended that you keep a journal and submit it with your work. Although I haven’t done specific entries on my blog, I have pages and pages of notes from my research and ideas that I’ve had so think I should be ok; I may just have to make some notes from my notes!

Gloria gave a presentation on Fashion and Film this morning, I found this really interesting. Although I don’t have a great deal of interest in the costume industry, the presentation was more focussed on the effect early films had on trends etc. It’s an issue I’d like to read into further once I have some spare time…although who knows when that will be! She talked about Chanel briefly; she was paid $1 million to design costumes for Hollywood, however the relationship didn’t last long: Hollywood’s tradition was for the clothes to complement the narrative, character and actresses, Chanel’s attitude was “in a subtle way to prioritise the clothes over the narrative” (Bruzzi, 2004).

I feel I’m well on track with my Personal Planning module too; the submissions for this module are my portfolio (showing how I’ve planned what to put in it and what I’ve done to get previous works up to scratch), I’m not far off with this I still have a few pages I want to add in and I think I want to write a short report of what works I have chosen, why I’ve chosen them and what they looked like before and after. I also have to submit a research folder, showing how I have researched my options for the future e.g top-up years, graduate schemes, job roles etc. This folder is to also contain my UCAS application, personal statement and CV. Again, I have a little bit left to do here, just tying up loose ends really: I want to edit my personal statement a bit as it was very design orientated and I have ended up choosing a business top-up. I also just need to do a bit of annotation here and there.

I feel confident it will all be done on time but I’m still a bit stressed out! I think it’s probably just the way I am, I worry about everything!! I’m pleased with what I have so far but I think there is always room for improvement.

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UCAS Personal Statement….

I started my personal statement last night; I have done a brain storm of all the points that I want to include (these are quite detailed). I used the UCAS website to help me. Looking at the guidelines, the main reason applicants were rejected in 2010 (with regards to their personal statement) was that they didn’t show enough interest, enthusiasm or knowledge in the subject or course that they were applying for. I don’t think that this will be a problem for me but is a point that I need to keep in mind before submitting my application.

University Open Days…

I couldn’t go to work yesterday as I’m still really poorly, I feel absolutely rubbish. I spent the afternoon sat in bed looking at universities that offer a top-up year in fashion. I’ve booked myself onto open days for the following:

Arts University College Bournemouth: 26th October

Hull School of Art and Design: 18th November

Manchester Metropolitan University: 13th October

New College Nottingham: 2nd November

Nottingham Trent University: 10th November

Bath Spa University: 9th December

Brighton University: 17th November

The open days at the universities below clash with when I’m back in London or at work, but I’ve sent them emails to see if it would be possible to arrange to visit them another time:

Huddersfield University

Kent University

Plymouth College of Art

York College

Bath Spa and Brighton are not top-up courses but apparantly it is not completely unheard of, for them to accept students onto the third year if they have a strong enough portfolio.

I’m hoping that the open days will give me a clearer idea of which ones would be best for me to apply to, at the moment Bournemouth would be my first choice but I’m really not sure. The main concern I have about moving away is how we would cope financially, things are pretty tight as it is without having the extra cost of rent.