Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Thursday, 23 May 2013

CAD: fashion figure on a background

Here is my final image that I created with Photoshop  based on cropping a fashion figure and placing it on a background. I used the lasso tool to crop around the fashion figure and had to merge both layers together to make the figure look like it was meant to be on this background. 

This image is an example of how brands promote their image with merging different images together to make it look professional and commercialised. 

Saturday, 18 May 2013



Lakers Jersey: Boyfriends
Vintage leather jacket: from my lovely friend Tom Tom
Boots from carboot: £2.50

All I have to say is that I want this jersey SOO bad! I have wanted one for years and was surprisingly shocked when my boy said I could borrow it! YAYAYAYY

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Toile Diary: Kimono


  • I started off with a basic dress block.
  • I then traced around a sleeve block too.
  • I then adapted my pattern by slashing and spreading both the dress block and sleeve block. 
  • I then traced around these new patterns and added 1.5cm Seam Allowance. 
  • I placed my pattern pieces on fabric (back piece was cut on fold) and cut out.
  • I then machine stitched the shoulder seams together first and pinned in the sleeve.
  • I machine stitched the sleeve in the armhole. I then turned the garment inside out and sewed the sleeve and side seam. I then repeated this on the other side.

Design detail on kimono:

  • Firstly, I sampled my design with rope to create solid lines as I want the design to stand out on the catwalk. 
  • Secondly, I hand painted the design I wanted on the back of the kimono with fabric paint but due to the nap of the velvet the paint didn't settle or sit comfortably on the garment. 
  • I then created a stencil on which I still need to sample spray painting on the velvet.
  • If this doesn't work I will appliqué my design on the kimono. 

Saturday, 11 May 2013


As you can clearly see, I have decided to kidnap the tellytubbie crew and wear them all as a jumper.
I shoudl probably own the costumes made for kids programmes because I am crazy about colour.
Unfortunatly, this WONDERFUL jumper is my boyfriends (which I will compromise with a cheeky deal to steal from him) which was given to him when he went snowboarding. Lucky son of a gun.
Even better, the fact it is so bright and retro means styling it is effortless.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Let the shirt do the talkin'

Hmm, what is that?
The cute look you pull before you see a DARN LARGE SCARY SPIDER ON THE FLOOR

Oh. I didn't see you there

Howdy Earthlings


(Will Ferrell quote)
Oh Hey

Losing all faith in my hair...


I genuinly have no idea what I am doing in these pictures...

Staring into the distance with a dreamy doe-eyed bambi look.

I have been soo busy with college recently that I haven't been posting outfits in awhile. I wore this the other week but never posted it until now.
This 'share' shirt (sharing with goofy) makes me feel like a cross between an embarassing singing and dancing pontins entertainer and a colourful kids tv programme. Ahh I do love this.
I love embarassing clothes or items that make me look weird and unusual and that I should be locked away in azkaban. Yes, I just referred to Harry Potter.
I do love these shoes but I am careful with ankle boots as they make my legs look like stubby tree trunks. I feel I should be one of those trolls that lurk through the forests.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Toile Diary: Pentagram Dress

  • I did not start with a pattern for this garment.
  • I started with 4 scraps of rectangular pieces of fabric 
  • I sewed them into a large rectangular shape (see diagram) 
  • I measured the waistline of a mannequin and cut out a circle of fabric of that size
  • I placed this skirt onto the mannequin and decided the position of the zip (I inserted the zip down one of the seams so that I was not cutting into a piece of fabric)
  • I hemmed the waistline then inserted the zip. NB: I REALISED I should have inserted the zip before hemming the waistline to achieve a neater finish to the zip.
  • On the stand I then ruched areas of the skirt and pinned in place. When I was happy with the result I hand-stitched in place. I left the skirt hemline raw.
  • For the bodice of the garment I traced around a front bodice block, marking notches and darts
  • I placed the paper pattern on the stand and made adjustments to the neckline and armholes. (insert image)
  • I also wanted an opening at CF so I marked the cut on the fold line of the bodice pattern piece.
  • I cut out the bodice and overlocked all edges to neaten.
  • I sewed the darts then hemmed the bodice edges (by turning the overlocked edge over once and machine stitched)
  • At the centre opening I added loops for the lace up effect. NB: I REALISED I could have done this when hemming the edges to allow for one line of stitching instead of two or three.
  • I laced up the opening.
  • To create the pentagram on the back of the bodice I added loops at centre back, underarms and shoulder straps. For the shoulder strap attachment I folded the fabric under to create a loop and stitched to hold in place and threaded the black elastic through in a pentagram pattern. (see image)

Toile Diary: Goddess Dress

(Nasty Gal El Matador dress)

This image inspired the style of dress that I wanted to capture in my collection. So I replicated the off-the-shoulder feature and the bell sleeves and gathers.

  • To pattern the garment I traced around a basic dress block and cut it off at the hip
  • Insert photo
  • I measured the hip and waist lines and extended them both by three times the length (to allow for the gathering in the design)
  • I measured the bust and underarm lines and extended them both by three times the length (to allow for the gathering in the sleeve) I altered the arm hole by dropping the opening by 7.5cms (to remove the bulk and make the armhole and sleeve loose as per the design)
  • For the sleeve, I traced around a basic sleeve block and made adjustments to allow the sleeve to hang off the shoulder (insert picture) I also extended the sleeve from the underarm and elbow line by three times the length. I then adjusted the armhole to match up with the armhole of the dress pattern piece.
  • To create a gathered panel (or cuff) from the elbow line of the sleeve, I measured the bottom edge of the sleeve and added 25%. (insert picture)
  • To create a similarly gathered panel on the dress, I measured the hipline and added 25%. (insert picture)

  • I cut the pattern pieces (cut on fold) out of lace netting.
  • I machine stitched two rows of tacking stitch to create the gathers at the neckline (I repeated the same on the front and back gathered panel pieces.)
  • I gathered the front and back necklines to the required length and machine stitched in place.
  • I also gathered the sleeve and dress panels to the required length and machine stitched in place. (insert picture)
  • I machine stitched the side seams and overlocked the raw edges
  • I attached the sleeves by stitching around the armholes and overlocking the raw edges
  • To neaten the edges I bias binded the neckline and off-the-shoulder sleeves.
  • I machine stitched two shoulder straps in place (see picture)

Adjustments to make:

I was not happy with the length (both dress and sleeve) so I will shorten the final pattern
I will use cheesecloth or muslin for my final fabric as the toile netting did not drape as well as I would have liked.

Toile Diary: Maiden Dress


  • I started with a basic skirt block (to the knee) and I then extended it to a floor length maxi skirt.
  • I the slashed and spread the front block to create a flared, A-line/circular shape. (photo)
  • I traced around the new shape (including hip and kne lines.
  • I  cut the skirt pattern into panels using the hip and knee lines as the dividing points (photo)
  • To create the gathered Gypsy skirt effect I had to extend the panel pieces by 25%. (This gave a total of 100% as there are 4 extended edges to the pattern) (photo)


  • I traced around a basic bodice block and sleeve.
  • I ignored the darts in the bodice to achieve a less tailored look.
  • I used the same slash and spread technique as the skirt, for the sleeves, to create the same Gypsy style effect. I judged where to cut the panels by eye and extended them by 25% (50% in total) to achieve a fuller sleeve.
  • On the back bodice I lowered the neckline by 2cms. I left the front neckline as original to create a peasant, laced-up effect.


  • In order to prevent toile fabric wastage I cut the skirt panel pieces in single sections, ignored the grainline and didn’t cut it on the fold. I intend to cut on the fold in my final fabric and think about the grainline.
  • I became aware that I didn’t allow a 1.5cm SA when I sewed the panel pieces together (which should have been cut on the fold.)
  • I gathered the middle and lower panels by using 2 rows of a (tacking) machine stitch. These rows were sewn either side of the 1.5cm SA line to allow me to use a 1.5cm SA when stitching the panels together. (photo)
  • I sewed the panels together and unpicked the lower tacking stitch (because it was visible) and then over locked all edges to neaten.
  • I sewed both side seams together (1.5 SA) and overlocked the edges.


  • I cut out the bodice pattern pieces and sewed the shoulder seams together. I then sewed the sleeves to the arm holes. I the sewed the side seams and sleeve seams (I used the same Gypsy style effect as the skirt when making the sleeves.)


  • I joined the bodice to the skirt by turning the skirt inside out and placing the bodice (right side to right side) inside the skirt. I pinned and machine stitched (1.5cm SA) the two together. I overlocked the edges for neatness.