tirsdag den 28. maj 2013

Coming To An End

There it is; the end of a project, which then will lead to an ending show which will be on the 7th of June, which leaves us the graduates rather than students. The next generation will step into their foot steps and one day; sometime next year I'll be stepping into theirs. 

I've had the pleasure of working with not only one, but three 3rd year students, seeing their creative ideas come to life, be first hand to learn from the new generation of designers. Fiona, Nadia and Amy, three very different girls, but one thing they have in common besides fashion design is they all have great ideas to creating their own textile. Printing, laser cutting and other ways of manipulating the plain fabric. How timing is key, that you can never be too prepared and that old habits die hard (how many times have Fiona been late?). 

I've also come to discover that I like punctuality more than I already new, that I should explore more with what I can do to the fabric, rather than with the fabric. That it's about time that I take all those inductions to the different workshops on the ground floor of the Grove, that I find someone who can teach me how to knit. That I should spend more time playing around with Photoshop and master Illustrator, as these skills will enhance my portfolio and my creativity. I should also embrace technical skills such as pattern cutting and sewing as these things can make your designs go from good to really good. But also remember to take a break, take a deep breath and relax, but most of all enjoy what you're doing. 

I can't wait to see the Truman show, to make all the hard work worthwhile and to watch the 3rd years faces after the show. Relief? Happiness? Perhaps even a little sadness, as its come to an end? But most of all I hope they'll be proud of themselves, because they should be. They've all done an amazing job and its been truly inspiring to get to work along side them. 

tirsdag den 21. maj 2013

So The Works Continues.

Printing out Amy's portfolio a few hours before hand-in, was nerve wrecking to say the least. Please, please remember this, technology and Middlesex University does not go hand in hand.  

Amy sewing up the shirt I prepped for yesterday. Slowly seeing the final results coming together, exciting stuff! 

Super neat stitching, attention to detail is key! This is what makes it high end and quality design. 

Creating quilted trousers is any easy thing, but a time consuming thing. I've never really thought about integrating quilt into my design, so it was really enlightening getting introduced to this design detail and technique. 

onsdag den 15. maj 2013

Something Interesting

Learning magic or just a few interesting techniques, that an inexperienced 1st year perhaps wouldn't have thought of. 

Nylon, £1/metre nylon from Shepherds Bush, these trousers are going to be quilted! 
So even though I'm a sucker for Berwick Street when it comes to fabric shopping, Amy has been pushing me to appreciate the wide variety and choice at Shepherds Bush. But also the fact when you're going to be a poor 3rd year student, you might not have much of a choice as the budget just won't stretch to Berwick Street prices. 

Shirt. Originally the shirt was going to be made out of nylon, but as this is a thing nylon, it is see-through, which isn't the desired effect. So what does Amy come up with? To put a cotton poplin underneath. Not as a lining, as I would perhaps have thought, but it's a shirt, so you don't have linings. 

No, cut the exact same pattern pieces in both fabrics, and then you layer them onto of each other and overlock them together. And then Amy gets the desired effect, with out an major complications. 
Tadaa - magic! 

tirsdag den 14. maj 2013


Today I spend my day hanging out with the cool kids in the studio, working on some more  toile developments of Amy's designs. Amy also gave us a 1:1 masterclass in pattern alterations and her massive love of masking tape and a 90's TV programme called Art Attack. 

In Amy's masterclass she mainly focussed on quick and efficient technique to alter the patterns and the designs. Such as the length and placement of the trouser pocket. Or the fact that it should be a slimmer or perhaps wider leg?

Minty and I were running around in Amy and Stevie's designs in an attempt to motivate them.
Stevie is playing around with the idea of layering fabrics, as you can see in the design, first layer is a nylon, second layer is a lace and third layer is a more translucent nylon. And suddenly you have created your own textile, how clever! 

torsdag den 9. maj 2013

Long Day Part 3

As we were nearing the end of the day. We needed a little fun and one of the third years came up with the idea of making a apron for Gulsom. So a few of us help out and Gulsom loved it! 
Having a break is key, even during time pressured moment, and the best way of doing it is by having some fun and getting everyone involved!

Long Day Part 2

Luke Anthony Rooney asked if I could help do some pattern alterations to his skirt pattern. So the original skirt pattern, as one he used for his pre-collection. So the reason for doing alterations, where to change the design slightly so he could quickly add an additional piece to his final collection. Is the tulip skirt going to be a signature of Luke's? 
I've seen quite a few students doing that, what is key in a collection is cohesiveness, so altering pre-exciting patterns to make something new isn't a bad idea, especially considering the time limit. 

Long Day Part 1


 Amy got me to run up this wadding jacket. This wadding will be put inside a bomber jacket to create structure and volume, and under the wadding there will be a lining to case it all in. 

A quick fitting on fellow student Lawrence.

Sandwiching foam in between two layers of calico, creating a cool 3D effect. This a really cool concept, I've found that in my designs I have a lot of shapes, but I usually take those shapes and create them into panels, perhaps I could include some foam into my next project. 

Pattern alterations after fitting.

 Creating a pattern for quilting on the trousers.

onsdag den 8. maj 2013

Technical Drawing

I spend most of the afternoon drawing this design on Illustrator, creating a technical drawing. It turned out to be more difficult than I excepted to get the proportions right. I've come to discover that it's really rather difficult to find a good male template for creating technical drawings. Key note to self: spend a good amount of time finding the perfect templates for technical drawings, it'll be worth it in the end! 

onsdag den 1. maj 2013

A Desperate Phone Call

What do you do when your design tutor rings you at 10:10am asking where you are, because he is an desperate need for your help. I would call it lucky that I was even bothered picking up the phone, usually I don't pick up if I don't recognise the number. 

Anyway if you haven't guessed it yet, Paul asked me if I could be in Hoxton by 4pm to assist dressing the models for the 3rd year look book shoot. Lucky for him I don't tend to have a full blown social life. 

I've got no idea how it happened, but here I caught the light perfectly! 

I'm was surprised how quick the team worked. Literally not spending more than max. 5 minutes on shooting each look. I suppose if you have 101 (not even kidding!) looks to go through and 2 days,. there's no time to waste.

When an opportunity arises it is a good idea to take up the offer, the more you experience, the more you will know how to handle different projects on your own. 

I twas a good experience, met some good people, listened to some great music and had a few giggle on the way. 

Amy Stevenson

Now that the fashion show is over and the top 25 students have been picked to go to the Truman Brewery show. It was time to pack my sewing kit up and say my farewells to Fiona and Nadia, as they didn't get through to the next round. 

Although turning up on Monday at 2pm is appreciated, it was not needed  and I got sent back home, as no 3rd year students were in and the tutors were too busy doing their assessments. 

So after my tutorial today I swung by the 3rd years studio to say my congrats to the students who got through to the Truman show. After closely following Amy Stevenson these past few weeks and have seen her work and passion, I decided to offer my services to her  and she accepted. 

Getting right into it - no time to waste, I was put on unpicking duties. 

I did make me a little sad that I had to unpick her hard work -  as this was the work Amy submitted for the internal show. 

But Amy had her feedback back from Paul, Richard and Gulsom. 
Gulsom, whom is a technician is a hard critic when it comes to sewing. 

While I was unpicking duty, Amy was working hard on developing her next 3 outfits to go into her already 3 outfit collection. 

To be continued... 

torsdag den 25. april 2013

A Light At The End Of The Tunnel

08:30  - 1st year students arrive on site - Cameron happy and cheery!

09:00  - Clare and Lisa (Doll) on Site. Hand-in of garments.

10:00  - 12:00  Female models arrive on site for fittings
             (fittings on the 1st 3 x groups that arrive begin)

11:00  - Hair stylists arrive x 2

11:30  - BOYS arrive on site

12:00  - Makeup artists arrive on site

12:00  - 14:00 another 2 x groups of models start fittings

14:00  - 16:00 last two groups of models in fittings

16:00  - 17:00 – final set up of backstage and checking of the
              rails. (Yeah I missed that part, because Nadia had be platting 50m or cord).

17:00 – 1st show

17:51 – interval (I had a quick drink and helped dress a few models ready for the 2nd show)

18:20 – 2nd show

19:11 – END and clear up. - Phoenix after a long day. 

onsdag den 24. april 2013

Get A Grip

Spending four precious hours trying to find a specific kind of cord in London is just a waste of time, because its simply just not going to happen! Nadia had scoured some cord, which she needs for her platting, from London Trimmings, but as per usual this time of year things go out of stock before you can count to ten. (I work in Cloth House, I know from experience) Another half a day was spent in the field trying to source something that was similar - I ended up at Goldhawk Road in A-One. It wasn't quite the same, but it had to do. 

In the chaos of not being able to find what Nadia was looking for, I missed both Nadia's and Fiona's final fittings before the show. Nice one Hannah! 
Fiona wasn't pleased to say the least and I received quite a few funny texts on my around London from her complaining about Nadia and her fantastic ability to make decisions . Later on, while heading back to Goldhawk tube station, a whistle tone came out of my phone - a list had come through. An evil list of more things I had to pick up, back to A-One to pick up zips, then back to central, to pick up more zips from Maccollouch & Wallis. Then they didn't have the zip that Nadia wanted, so I headed to Klien's - no success there. A pitstop to Starbucks while trying to get a hold of Nadia to find out what to do. Rushing to Cass Art to get spray paint for Fiona and quickly back to M&W and get whatever was the best option for zips. 

By 3pm I managed to find a Pret and eat my lunch on the way back to Hendon. 

Let me remind you that this is the day before the show. The hand-in is at 9 am tomorrow. This is not cool! Finding myself back in the studio doing my best to help them both. They've been so kind to write me a to-do-list:

  • Hand stitch coffin sides. 
  • Hand stitch top part of cape. 
  • Hand stitch end of zip. 
  • Hand stitch the shoulder part CF+CB. 
  • Hand stitch facing on outfit 2 (top).
  • Hand stitch neckline on outfit 3.
  • Cut leather strips 3 cm wide. 
  • Hand stitch skirt hem. 
  • Hand stitch dress grosgrain. 
  • Hand stitch hook and eye for shirt. 
  • Hand stitch head piece.
  • Spray paint head piece.
Even though I stayed till 11pm I didn't even manage to finish half of both their lists. I took turns, one task for Fiona, another task for Nadia. I don't want to see another hand needle and thread for a very long time.

tirsdag den 23. april 2013

Field Trip & So Called Studio Work

My morning was spent walking from A-Z around London for Nadia. Zips and finishings needed picking up from Macculloch and Wallis then a trip to Bermondsey to pick up some last minute laser cutting from LaserCut Works, because Nadia asked the laser cutting guy at uni if he could do it, but as it was three days before the show, so it was kind of late notice(?). 

After that I headed back to the studio to drop of the stuff and help out. 

I do love those days were you've been asked to come in and do some work in the studio. But half the time you're just sitting around doing nothing, because they (Fiona and Nadia) won't let you touch anything. Or they won't confess to the fact that they haven't quite thought through why they asked you to come in. 

After bonding the fabrics together for Nadia yesterday, I got the job of transferring her shoe cover patterns onto the fabric.