Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Outfit Styling

The two on the right are for the skirt and the one on the left is for the shorts.
In the previous lesson we were asked to make a mood board on the clothes that we have made. This means plan out how your going to style it. Hair, make up etc. This is so we get an idea of how we want to present our clothing as we will be taking pictures. In the moodpboard we also included the background.

This is my outfit styling for the pair of shorts

These are the clothing/accessories I am going to style with the shorts:
Red shoes + socks+ tights underneath

The fluffy socks

Red Coat 

Green Shoulder bag

The socks + pair of shorts + dark blue simple top + tights

This is for the skirt. I thought of using it as a top. 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Lesson 12: New start with a pair of shorts

This is my material 
Today's lesson I found a piece of material which personally I thought would look good as a pair of shorts. That is what I have been working on. The movie clueless inspired me to go with this theme, although its not particularly similar, there were some components that I quite liked.

From this I looked the plaid material, but mainly the skirt/ skort, because I had already done a skirt I wanted to try something different, shorts. Shorts which had this style, but buttons replacing safety pins. 

I looked for other partly formal shorts and what I saw also inspired me even more. I then thought of make my pair of shorts high waisted.

I really liked the one on the far left.
Before actually starting with the shorts, I made a prototype/ template so when I get to my actually material all the measurements are right and I won't have to make drastic alterations. 

Firstly I got a medium sized template for normal shorts and using the tailor's chalk I  drew out the template.

When I was drawing the templates out I increased the size at the top by 6 inches as  I wanted it to be high waisted.

After drawing out the template I cut them out.

I cut out four pieces, two back and two front

I pinned a back with a front, the longest side with the shortest. I had to unpick one side because both were for the left leg.

The stitch length had to be 4 so once I figure out the right measurements and  everything else I can unpick the material and use that as my new template.

I stitched the longest side

Stitched the shorted side

After doing that for both legs, I had to press the seam of the short side so it was flat. I put one leg  right side inside a wrong-sided leg. So this gives you the right sides both facing in and wrong side out. You can check if you have done it right by taking one and making turning it inside out or the other way. After that was done I pinned the two curved sides together and then stitched it.

Firstly because I wanted that folding in style I had to cut out another front short panel and unpick one side of the shorts and stitched the new front short panel in. (The new front panel was 5 inches shorter because when i tried it on it was too long) With the old front panel I folded it to where I wanted my buttons on the shorts. Pinned it so the fold was together with the new front panel. 

Everything stitched, and after figuring out the measurements and how everything was going to work,  I had to unpick.

I drew 4 panels and an extra panel which was the new front panel. Near the end of the lesson I was able to finish cutting all my panels out. 

I felt like in this lesson I used my time efficiently, although there were times were I felt I could work much quicker. 

Sketches of short designs

Lesson 10 + Lesson 11: Continuation

In today's lesson I was back with stitching the denim squares. The most frustrating thing was that the denim squares would keep falling off. Comparatively I was stitching must more quicker this lesson than last. Once I finished stitching the denim squares I started stitching my zipper.

Stitching on the squares
I had some problems while stitching on the zip because sometimes it would stitch whereas sometimes it wouldn't, which caused it look really messy.

Along with the zipper I also put an elastic on the top of my skirt so it fits. I pinned the lasting top the skirt and zig zag stitched on the top and bottom.

After finishing with the zip and elastic I put on a hook because the fabric was really heavy which meant that the zip would be able to hold the weight so the hook ensures that everything stays.

I was really happy that I made this skirt and finished it with it looking decent. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Lesson 9: Stitching on the squares

The whole of todays lesson was dedicated to stitching on the squares and I can say that I am not the best at this. As you have to continuously do the same thing but also because I have a lot of fabric it was hard to turn around. In stitching the squares I needed stitch near to edge. When there is a turn I have to place the presser foot up and pivot my fabric so the needle is stetting in front. For the colour I had in mind a bright colour that would match the theme. So I went with a dark bright royal blue. I am quite happy with that. I also went with a double stitch because single is not bold enough and I'd like for it to stand out. For the double stitch it goes forward and backwards so it constantly moves in all directions which gets quite frustrating to control, well you basically do not need to control the fabric. You could do it with your hands int the air.

Lesson 8:

 Before working on arranging the squares I firstly worked out my skirt. Specially the waist. I cut out a whole in middle, the start of my skirt till it falls down on my waist. I had to mathematically figure out the radius of my waist and mark a circle on my fabric. Once I did that, I needed to overlock the edges and also on the side work out how I am going to place my zip. For that I took a measurement from my waist to my hips therefore I could completely guarantee that it will fit me. After taking that measurement everything below that length on my side I stitched up. Now I only have to put in a zip.

This is the cut out - waist.
This is showing how much I need to stitch and how much space I need to leave for the zipper. From the top to the pin is where the zip will be .

Overlocked edges and the section below zipper stitched up.

Ironed the top so I can pin it on the zip sides.

Pining on the zip, but then I forgot about the squares. So I need ed to do the squares and then zip.

In today;'s lesson my main aim was to finish arranging all the frayed squares so I could start stitching them onto the fabric. I placed them onto my skirt. I wanted to go with a line arrangement, so when the skirt moves it seems like its the squares are twirling or mainly just gives off a interesting effect.

I started off placing the squares where the fabric turned inside 

Ms Tait showed us how to stitch a zip on. [  Front ]


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Over the one week Holiday

During the mid term break, I brought my denim squares home and using a pain frayed them all. I found that if some had overlock piece behind the square therefore I had to carefully cut them out so I could fray it out better.