Today I had another day just getting on with my work in the studio, I found it really helpful to be able to just get on, I worked on my back pattern pieces today trying to get the correct shape, I will continue with this tomorrow.
I also had my session with one of my tutors today, we were able to discuss how to create the lapel, we decided to make it one pattern piece that will connect into the side panel and connect to the top collar of right hand side, I was warned that this is going to be very technically challenging and I am probably going to have to do a lot of sampling until I find the best way to do it, but I look forward to the challenge.
My tutorial with one of my tutors today was really helpful, he wants me to leave the long bit on the front of my jacket for now so that I can develop my ideas around it, to see how my designs can develop. He told me to look at reflections in water and to see if I can find a fabric or even create a print that represents this. He also helped me with my designs, he told me to elongate my figure so that it was less stumpy, saying that would help my collection to have a more flattering and proportional look.
We also had our 2nd technical session working on the shorts today, I found this rather confusing as we were doing the jet pockets, I have done jet pockets before but we had done them a different way which made it harder for me learning a new method, but I finished it eventually –it did take me until 5.40pm but I did it!!!! I think I will have another couple of goes to practice this technique until I am happy with the end result and that I understand it fully.
Today was a really productive day, I got the main shell of my jacket, this really helped to relax me as I now feel like I am on track. I am really happy with the end result of my sculptural back, it has a really fluid feel and is beginning to look like what I had envisioned, I will continue to keep developing and evolving my design.
Today we had the buttonholer induction, I am happy to have had this as I will be using buttons throughout my design, the machine was quite scary to use but I know that the more I use it the more confident I will become.
We also finished off the shorts today, I ran out of time doing this but I will finish it within the catch up session next Tuesday, I just have the centre back seam, hem and crotch seam to finish. Overall I am really happy with the shorts and I have learnt a lot of valuable technical skills throughout the process.
This afternoon we also had a sustainable fashion and textile practice session where we discussed slow and fast fashion and how everyone’s purchasing habits have changed over the years. I will continue to research what environmental impact fashion has had on the world.
Today I had a mini tutorial with my tutor, unfortunately this didn’t go as planned, I felt okay going in to it but my tutor didn’t really like what I had produced, this made me really disappointed and I didn’t get much done afterwards, however since I have got home I realised that she was completely correct with what she said, I am going to spend the weekend going over my designs and creating new ones to develop my idea. She gave me lots of things to think about so I will begin to explore her ideas to see how they will look.
Hello, Eleanor here, I am currently at Norwich University of the Arts studying Fashion, please join me along my adventure.