This morning I worked on my colour board and my concept board, I had been really unsure about which way I was going to with the colour palette for my collection, I couldn’t decide between a greyscale, oranges and reds or different shades of plum, I created 3 different colour boards today and my favourite was the grey scale one, I used the colours of the ash and smoke from a volcano to inspire my colour palette and I think that it is the best option for me especially when I look through my sketchbook, but before I decide fully I will wait until all of my fabric samples to arrive so that I can see which fabrics go best together.
Today was also my last technical session working on the half jacket, I really enjoyed today seeing how it came together.
I also worked on my design development today, I have found this a really stressful process as I haven’t been able to draw exactly what is in my mind onto the paper, they just don’t end up how I want them which has been really difficult for me and has also started to really knock my confidence, I will keep working on it as I know practice makes perfect.
Today we had a visit from Ciment Pleaters ltd, this was really interesting and it showed a lot of different techniques that could be achieved by pleating, many of which I had never know where even possible, I think that It something that I might want to explore next year, even though I don’t think I am going to use it this year it was really helpful to see what can be achieved as well as get an idea of cost.
I also did a little bit more design development today, I have been finding it really hard to design at the moment but its only because every time I draw it doesn’t look like how it is in my head which is a bit disheartening but I am going to keep going to hopefully improve!
I removed my fabric from the rust dyeing process today and on some pieces it has come out looking really good, I will wait until my tutorial on Friday before I carry on any further with this. If I am given the go head with this process then I will go to the seaside to see if I can find any rusty metal that might have been washed up onto the shore, this will help everything to link together as I will have been using the sea for rust which links to my theme of the navy.
In the technical session today we started to make the shorts, I found this quite confusing to start with but once they began to look like shorts I found it okay to get on with, I am looking forward to the next session so that I can learn how to complete a fly.
Today I began pattern cutting, I was exploring the pattern magic technique of the interlocking wave (the title is quite fitting I thought), I found this quite confusing but I think I might have cracked it, I will continue to work on it tomorrow, but it felt like a step in the right direction as I think I will be using it in my final design.
I also set my rust dyeing, I am really pleased with the end result I think that it will work really well for a lining, I would like to sample it on a different material to see if it has a better result, or just to see how the technique works on different materials.
As another sample today I completed a pocket, it has two different pockets in one, I got the idea from my research of the royal navy uniform as one of the decorative features looked like two pockets, it wasn’t two but it looked that way, I decided to try a patch pocket with a flap but also a welt pocket into the patch pocket, I was really pleased with this as It worked first time and it looked exactly how I had imagined it, tomorrow I will play around on the mannequin exploring placement of the pocket.
Todays tutorial went really well and gave me lots of ideas to think about, It was suggested that I explore my colour scheme a bit more to have a few more variations of shades, I will continue to explore my colours until I have the perfect colour palette that works with my collection.
When thinking about the other items in my collection I haven’t decided about what I want to do but after today it was suggested that I should think about dresses, shirts, wide trousers and oversized plackets and pockets, I will begin to explore these ideas over the next few days.
The tutorial made me think of ideas that I hadn’t thought of yet which was really helpful and allowed me to further my development.
Hello, Eleanor here, I am currently at Norwich University of the Arts studying Fashion, please join me along my adventure.