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Self drafted: Tea length dress.

Now before anyone asks, the dress isn't for me !!!!
I bought this material a while back without really knowing what to make out of  it but an image of a tea length wedding dress with classic styling and a dropped waist kept popping in to my head, so I rolled with this idea for a while and sketched some images. Since that wasn't enough to make the idea go away I knew I had to make the dress out of this material which has a bow and flower pattern on it. It's a bit of a random make but because I really like sewing I tend to make things just for the hell of it!! usually it's just to push myself, test my nerve and try my skill. 

The toile/mock-up

 I drafted the bodice block pattern from the Winifred Aldrich book. Why I choose the 'bodice' block is anyone's guess, I should of used the dress block instead, seen as it is a dress I'm making, so after shaping the neck line and constructing a circle skirt I made the toile.  I made a few minor alterations to the pa…

The fashion design team.

On my quest to write more about fashion and sewing, I've complied a rundown of the team required to make a collection. A  team can consist of only one or two people who oversee everything but as a business grows, people are employed within their specialist area to help run the business more efficiently.
The Designer The main member of a team, everything centers round him or her. The designer dictates the collection and how it should look. He/she will oversees every aspect from designing, making, and sewing to editing the final show/collection. The designer is also responsible for briefing the team and for completing relavent research weather it being design or market based. They also have to be open to receiving feedback not just from critics but within their own team.
The designer will have multiple working relationships not just with his or herteambut with fabric and trim suppliers, textile designers, merchandisers, coordinators, accountants and PR agents

The pattern Cutter He or…

NY fashion week.S/S12 round up

Issac Mizrahi


Oscar De La Renta

Ralph Lauren

 L'wren Scott

Betsey Johnson

Love the Betsey johnson show don't know if I love the show or her more, so bright and barbie-ish!! How wonderful  was the Ralph Lauren show ?? A real treat with all the refrence's to the 1920's and 30's even giving the zoot suit a feminine twist making it look even more dapper. I'm also swooning over the dress coat by L'Wren Scott, I would love to add this to my makes list but I really can't see me wearing it. It would be such a fab make though!! There was a little more colour (courtesy of Betsy Johnson no doubt) than some of the earlier shows in the week, but the colours remain fairly classic for S/S. 
That's the end of NY fashion week, next stop London...............

New York Fashion Week. Inspiration.

Christian Siriano

 Zak Posen

Jason Wu

 Prabal Gurung

 Billy Reid
Considering this is the S/S 2012 show I'm surprised by how classic the colour palette is. I do like it, it's nice to have a classic look instead of  the predictable contemporary feel which has often been the 'look' of the last few seasons. floaty materials, ruffles and gathers are in abundance (rather renaissance with a hint of the 50's and a lick of the 70's). I'm also swooning over the presence of the circle skirt and it's variations, I do like the circle skirts, so simple to make, that's definitely one for the spring makes list!  I'm also eyeing up Prabal Gurung scarf skirt, a version of this would look lovely made out of a vintage/thrift-ed scarf.  Those asymmetric floaty skirts of Jason Wu and the pink peplum skirt are also contenders for my makes list.
What about you, do you have a list of things to make well in advance of the actual season, I always like to look to a season or t…