Monday, 1 August 2011

New Designers 2011 at the Business Design Centre

unfortunately, I picked this card up because of this designers lovely versailles-style textiles interior design, but the card was actually to promote leeds university.

Petra Horvath, textile designer
"A vibrant, rich collection of print designs for structured dresses on heavy leather intended for the high end of the womenswear market."

Laura Adamson, Fashion Fabrics and Accessories designer

Chantella Louise, Textile designer
(I was actually disappointed by her card, above, because this print was the weaker of her designs)

Thomasina Louisa, Textile designer

Rachel Chomczko, Printed textiles

Charlie Rose, Textile designer

Sandy Powell, textile designer for interior and fashion accessories

Sophie Wilson

Amy Stubbs

70s textile product print

Edgey fashion design at De Monteford

Shoes at Northhampton 

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Altering Patterns

Making clothes has always been a big part of my life, you need a lot of patience, which I have to say sometimes I lack, but the end result is rewarding and fun. It's nice to have the freedom and creativity to make whatever you want, I usually base the design on a pattern I already have (and believe me, I have a lot) or on something I've seen in the high street which I want slightly different.

About two years ago, I started a pattern-cutting course at South Notts, which was great since many people their had to pay but as a student under 18 it was completely free! I really recommend anyone to do this course who is interested in fashion design as it takes you through all the basics of adapting a simple pattern block for everything.

A poor example (using paint) of how I adapted this pattern to make the garment below.
Getting rid of things is easy. A zip simply has a extra 4cm on the front of the CF, Pockets are separate pattern pieces altogether, as are collars. Instead you have to make a facing for the garment.
The Centre Front pleat was more difficult than usual because the fabric was patterned and when the pleat was closed I wanted to the pattern to carry on as normal.

The problem also, is sizing. My parent's vast collections of old-fashioned patterns are always too big for me, despite a size 14/12 was much smaller than it is today. Still I usually have to take about 1cm out of the centre front and centre back, as well as shortening the shoulder line and lifting the dress.

I'd like to thank my grandma for picking out the fabric!

Green Grooves

Bag: Topshop, Shoes: KG by Kurt Geiger


Again slight alteration - I wanted to keep the gorgeous big colour, almost mini-mouse style, because it added character to a simple dress

 Pop Goes The Weasel

Headband Miss Selfridge, Collar: My Sisters Shoes: Paul Smith

I'm extremely influenced by the 60s, there's something about the era that emphasises how people found a sophistication in fun. The photography was exquisite as well with icons like Twiggy and Mary Quant, (pictured below),  captured the camera and made it their own. 60s photography truly evolved around capturing life.

I've been working at HOBBS for over 3 months now I love the shift dresses that we've had for Spring/Summer '11. A red tweed A-line with matching jacket, A navy tweed one, a multi-coloured one that looks like it has giant brush strokes on it as featured in the Main line collection campaign and finally silk one with a gorgeous graphic print of flowers with a touch of sophisticated dip-dye. I have to admit however the styles are popular with the customers, yet they only suit a certain body type.
Twiggy, the Shift and the circles
Vidal Sassoon - shaping the way women cut their hair
(I'm absolutely raring to see the film!)
Girls in groups with legs eleven
 images above courtesy of Google
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