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Fashion Design: Year 2

Phew! I feel like I haven't been on here in forever. What can I say, the last few months have been a world wind of assignment work with a deadline this side of Christmas (last Friday) which is four weeks shorter than this time last year.
The second year of uni so far has been tailoring, menswear, branding, history of mens' wear and looking at masculinity and what it means to be man today.
Specifically for me within this, my work has been about concealing and hiding masculinity, sustainability and Zoot-Suits.

Here's a snap shots of what I've been done so far......

Recent posts

Self Drafted Peacock Skirt .....

I finished this skirt back in June. It was a custom make for my mother, she'd fallen in love with the fabric, and luckily because the first lot of peacock fabric I'd bought for another project wasn't enough, it meant ordering more and so there was enough left over for a skirt....


The fabric is peacock brocade ordered on eBay from Hong Kong in a teal colour. I used left over gold lining material - yay for stash busting and using up left overs.  Pencil style skirt which sits just below the knee, center back invisible zip and vent. I prefer to use a facing in a straight style skirt, I feel it helps the skirt to look more structured and lie smoother when its being worn.
I drafted the pattern to personal measurements using Winifred Aldrich's metric pattern cutting for women's wear, book.  The fabric is peacock brocade ordered on eBay from Hong Kong in a teal colour. 

Sewing Fashion Trends - Cullotes

Culottes are perfect for the British summer with the  unpredictable nature of our weather and our temperatures, they provide a good basis for when you don't know what to wear and provide enough cover for that unexpected rain shower.

The only option is to figure out what style and what fabric to whip them up in......

Ready To Wear Inspiration:......

Tibi £490 
Adam Lippes £1,165
Micheal Kors £120 

 Sewing pattern inspiration.....

Burda pleated culottes 04/2016 #106B 

Burda Plus sizes Culottes 08/15 #131

Named Mimosa Culottes 

Inspiration images from

Fashion Revolution: Who made my clothes/ I made my clothes

I hadn't heard about fashion revolution until April when I was asked to take part in fashion revolution week.
In a nutshell, it's about transparency within the fashion industry and asking companies and brands "Who made my clothes?".
 The reality of it is that very few brands really know who is making their clothes and the real people behind the manufacture process. Fashion revolution wants to change this and are encouraging everyone to turn their clothes inside out to show the garments label, take a photograph and then uploading it to Instagram and other social media sites, tagging the brand and asking them "who made my clothes?".

Marks and Spencer recently became transparent and amother company called Honest By also show where there clothes are made and breaks down the entire cost of each item - this company really is worth checking out- talk about eye opening!
But wait....
              ...... it isn't just about asking "who made my clothes?"…

Second term in uni / Distortion dress

In a blink of an eye, my first year as a fashion design student is over. I'm feeling mixed emotions, in a good way. Relief that it's done, shock that it went so quickly and now a feeling of emptiness, or more like I'm not use to not having nothing to do. Such a different time and feeling to this time last year.

I've had a ball in my first year, I've loved it and exceeded myself with how well I have done. It's certainly cemented my love for fashion design even further.

My second term project in uni, was to design and make a dress on the theme of distortion, culminating in a 'innovative dress', Along with this, the module required illustration work, a short film of the design process, a digital portfolio, working portfolio, two sketchbooks, sample file, toile, pattern and specification drawing of dress. Along with the written modules that focus on fashion history (an illustrated essay- I did mine on fashion production in the Victorian period),  and an i…


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Fashion Design Degree: Second Term

University is going really well. I passed all my first term modules with really good marks and now I'm half way through my second term.
It's scary to think that come May the 13th effectively I've finished my first year, it's going so quickly.

This terms project is all based on distortion and diversity. We have to make a dress and I'm hoping to create a 3D element to mine. Initially we were told we could use colour in the dresses but by the time the time the brief was handed out it had been amended to a black and white design!
We've also had to create two illustrations based on diversity as part of a competition brief.

First Term Top & Illustration
 Cropped top made out of denim with sides seams removed and with hand stitched running stitch detail....

Illustration based on the top - I liked how this came out but I wish I worked on the face more as I feel it lets it down....

Second term projects so far...
Illustrations based on diversity.....

Some of my dress d…