Friday, 2 March 2012

Creating my trousers! The toile..

I took the design from a previous brief on ethical fashion. I had to use a fabric that had little stretch, as it may effect the shape and fit of my garment, so I decided to toile in calico as it had little elasticity. I started by changing the pattern piece to suit my design, I then cut these pieces out in fabric, there were lots of different pieces so I labeled them all to save confusion.

I then sewed each section together with a basic 1.5cm seam allowance, there was a lot of sewing but it was pretty basic as long as I didn't mix the pieces up!

I went on to sew each trouser leg in this way, and then sew each trouser leg to one another. I feel that nothing went disastrously wrong, however the strips through my trousers were supposed to match up at the seams and didn't, but that didn't matter too much.
I will put some pictures up shortly of the finished product. :)

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

FMP, writing the brief and inspirational pictures!

So for our final major project (FMP) we have to write our own brief that is discussed and then agreed on with our tutor. This involves creating our own time management plan, picking where to begin our research, where we will be finding our inspiration from, etc.

As the starting point for my theme is eco-friendly fashion and nature, I have decided to begin my research by visiting museums based around nature, looking at my surroundings and perhaps looking at some books on nature or sustainable design.

Below are a few pictures that I find quite interesting and possibly inspirational..

I think that these images help remind me that although there is a lot of beauty and peace in nature, there is also a lot of destruction.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Final Major Project!

So we have been given the brief for our Final Major Project, where we will be working toward and designing our collection for the Mid Cheshire Fashion Show.

I have chosen to base my collection on eco fashion and nature, this is the starting point for my research so my concept may change later on.

I'm really excited about this project as looking in to eco fashion in a previous brief really interested me, I will enjoy experimenting with and researching in to it further. :)

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Kelly Smith, contemporary illustrator

During my research into illustrators, I came across Kelly Smith.

Kelly Smith is an Australian illustrator who specializes in fashion and portraits.

Kelly Smith takes her inspiration from Fashion, Film and Fairy Tale to create a soft, feminine and natural energy within her work.

I personally love Kelly Smith's work; I like her attention to detail as I feel it gives her the ability to capture the likeliness of her subjects. I think her soft shades and pastel colour palette works really well!

Unit 127: Fashion Visualisation

We have now moved on to another brief, within this brief we are looking at illustrators and illustrating ourselves.

I've been looking into a variety of contemporary and historical illustrators, and documenting my research in a file for when I am ready to start experimenting by recreating their work and illustrating myself.

Example of contemporary illustration.
Artist: Cassandra Rhodin

Example of historical illustrator.
Artist: Charles Dana Gibson

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

The making of my trousers!

For pattern cutting I will be creating a pair of trousers from my previous post about the ASOS Africa capsule collection.


I began by working out what fabric I would be using. Instead of sticking to organic jersey and traditional african print as I had planned, I wanted to be a little more experimental with the choice of fabric, I have decided that I will use a patchwork coloured silk that is woven so that it appears different colours from different angles.

Capsule collection for ASOS Africa A/W 11/12

Since looking closer at ASOS Africa I have created my own capsule collection that I feel would work for their brand. I designed this collection looking at my previous research into the brand, and research into two current trends; Clashing Patterns and Fabrics, and Androgynous Tailoring.

Above are a few examples of the Pattern Clash trend that I have tried to incorporate into my designs.

Below are a few examples of the Androgynous Tailoring trend.

I will add images of my capsule collection to this post as soon as possible :) 

I would use Traditional African Prints within my designs which would have already been created.