I was away on holiday last week so I haven't had the chance to go to London Fashion Week this season unfortunately, but I've been looking at the shows online and picked out some of my highlights...Here are some from days 1 and 2...
I bought this amazing fabric for just £3.50 from Southall. They had it in a variety of colours but I was drawn to this one in particular because I suppose it's quite unusual for velvet. I wanted to make quite a simple dress that I could wear to uni interviews, so I kept the design quite plain and then wore it with a belt, black tights, and my Office boots.
Time has flown by so quickly this week, and it's only just occurred to me that I haven't taken any outfit photos. Since my last designer post was such a long time ago, I thought I'd take the chance to show you two really interesting designers that I discovered recently...
Although it's only January I've been thinking a lot about my summer wardrobe so I decided I'd get a head start and make this skirt and top. I actually used a commercial pattern for the skirt which I was given as a Christmas present. I never normally use a ready made pattern as I prefer to make my own to fit with my own designs, but I decided I'd give it a go and it was actually really interesting trying out new techniques (such as the slit at the front, and using 3 panels instead of 2/4). You can't see in these photos but the fabric is actually a suede material. It's also just occurred to me that I probably should have ironed my skirt before taking these photos! For the crop top, I used my own pattern this time, layering lace over a lining. I also decided to add flared sleeves as it's something that I've been searching for online recently.
So it's been a stressful week or so what with uni applications and coursework deadlines, but thinking about my incredibly long summer is definitely helping get me through it all! I still have Christmas stuff to show you including this amazing top that my Mum bought me as a present. Although you can't tell in these photos it's slightly cropped which I absolutely love, and it's actually really quite unique in it's style. With some Christmas money in my pocket, I decided to have a quick look around the Boxing Day sales where I found a really lovely dress (post coming soon), and then spotted this skirt in Topshop. It wasn't actually in the sale unfortunately, so I still paid about £30 for it (quite a commitment for me), but I was so in love with the style that I couldn't resist. I'd found it so difficult to find a skirt just like this anywhere else and I convinced myself that as it was so simple and went with so many things, I'd wear it a lot. No regrets so far!
top - charity shop via xmas present
skirt - Topshop
boots - Office
Over the Christmas holidays I've been mainly working on my Pre-Exhibition project and here is my final outcome. I decided to research into architecture, from which I focused in on art deco as my main theme. I'm not so keen on the top here in these photos as it needs a bit of adjustment so that it's not too loose but the skirt of the dress is probably one of my all time favourites! I started off with just plain calico, which I painted, dyed, stitched onto etc. and then paneled together.