Tuesday, 22 March 2016


I'm on Instagram - @sarah_fashionbrickroad

For the last few months I've struggled to keep this blog updated with the work load from university :( but I do find posting on Instagram a bit more manageable (only a bit) so if you fancy seeing a bit more frequently of what I'm up-to/sewing/designing and so on, give us a follow..... either click here  or click on the above image to be taken to my Instagram account or click the Instagram icon in side bar under social media.

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Sunday, 20 March 2016

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 designs based on the  distortion project...

Monday, 8 February 2016

Milan: Armani/Silo museum (otherwise known as seventh heaven)...

A few weeks back I went to Milan as part of a university trip! I had a brilliant time and would highly recommended it especially if you love fashion, culture and food! Plus lake Como is only an hour or so away (unfortunately we didn't get to see George Clooney but the lake was beautiful!)

One of the highlights of the trip was the Armani/Silos Museum - if your in Milan, you must, must go and see this, I can't recommend it enough.

You want to see some pictures?....................... Oh go on then, ......

This museum was so much better than anticipated, surprisingly it wasn't on our itinerary and nor was it top of the things to do in our free time, but it was by far the most inspirational thing that I visited.
 The photo's really don't do it justice but I feel I have a better appreciation and admiration for Armani and I'm hoping it will be a contributing factor in my own work for uni from now on.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Monday, 18 January 2016

Sewing Fashion Trends: Parka Coats

I love a good parka, especially one with fur around the hood. (although the ones I feature here haven't got any but adding fur trim is always an option). I once got accused of being like that little boy out of east is east who refuses to take his parka off, then again I'm like that with any coat during the winter months, I guess I'm cold blooded! Aside from that lets look at some RTW inspiration and it's possible sewing counter part;

Alexander McQueen parka

Sewing Pattern .....

Burda Parka Front

Burda parka 09/2012 #129

The shaping on the Alexander Mcqueen parka is really lovely along with the fitted waist.Although the pattern for burda version isn't to dissimilar in some ways and the angled pockets adds a more contemporary element. I think it could be made more suitable for colder winters if a lightly quilted fabric was used or you could attempt to quilt your own (I would probably opt for the pre quilted to cut down on time). 


Canada goose Parka

Sewing Pattern .....

Sewaholic's Minoru coat.

How similar are both of theses coats. Perhaps more of traditional style of  parka coat, but I love how the Minoru by sewaholic has a hood that can also be tucked away. Whilst it doesn't have exterior pockets there is an interior one, and exterior ones would be too hard to apply although I would first pin them on to make sure they are the right size and in the right place. (This pattern is very much on my list, I think I would love to make it in a quirky colour something like a mustard, or a chartreuse green).

Inspiration & Sewing Pattern in one
Halava Parka by Named patterns.

I adore this pattern such a contemporary/formal spin on a parka, perfect if a parka is too casual or just as a night out coat. The down side is that it doesn't have a hood, but fur trim around the neck would give off a luxury effect. J'adore!!! Halava Parker.

 Inspiration images from Net-A-Porter.com 

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