I Adopted!!

Hey Guys & Gals!

These past few weeks have been crazy and full of emotion!!

Two weeks ago I lost my precious Missy, she was a 14 and a half year old border collie! Missy was a rescue pup when we got her and she was so scared of everyone and everything. She had a horrible intro to life, but after some serious love and affection Missy became the sweetest, cutest and funnest dog around! She loved to talk to people and had a bark for everything, the bathroom, food and just plain old attention!

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To be honest it all happened so quickly, she became very sick and after testing we found out she had liver failure, it was such a hard choice to put her to sleep! The vet advised us it was the best idea, she was an old dog and her condition would have gotten worse. We decided as a family it was better for Missy to go to sleep and to be out of pain!

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After her death life was so different, our house was quite and unfamiliar, I couldn’t go into the kitchen without wanting to cry. The kitchen was Missy’s chill area and we always cuddled and played on the floor, so to walk in and not see her staring at me was so hard and it broke my heart every time!

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After a week of crying, I decided I couldn’t do it anymore, I couldn’t handle the silence. I spoke to the family and informed them I wanted to go to an animal shelter and adopt a dog. It was still very soon after Missy, but I knew it was the best thing for us all, we would never forget Missy and she would love to know we are giving a home to another rescue dog!

And so I would like to introduce Coby!

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Coby is a 9 month old Beagle cross (not sure with what unfortunately). He had been in the shelter for almost 4 months! As soon as we met him we all made a connection to him! He was so excited and so full of energy!

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We have Coby almost a week and he is still the same excited little pup he was when we met him, he loves everyone, people, children, cats and dogs!

There was no information on how his life was before he went to the shelter, all that was known was that he was found wandering around. After bringing him home, I noticed signs of abuse, he would jump at loud noises and if you moved too quickly he would flinch as if you were going to hit him! It kills me to think someone could hurt that gorgeous friendly little fella!

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He has improved so much over the week, he’s currently learning how to sit on command, he is a smart dog and a quick learner!

Already we all feel the healing of our loss, we talk about Missy all the time and it is easier now, before we couldn’t without getting upset! The house feels like home again, and the new addition is to thank for that!

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Coby will be going to see the vet for the first time next week, fingers crossed he will still be a happy little fella when he gets there!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya,

xxx

 

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The Design Diary: Embroidery & Line Up

Line up #1

I continued to do sketches based on the paint sample I completed in part 4.

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I like the idea of having a full skirt, with a large section of the skirt having the pattern painted onto it. I want to keep the top half simple and let the skirt be the star of the show.

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Now that I have my colour story sorted, I decided to do my first line up of choices for the first dress. I picked my top 4 and quickly coloured them in with markers to see what they might look like.

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The 3rd garment is definitely my favourite! I like the idea of a two piece, with the top being simple and the skirt having the painted print.

I will need to start looking into fabrics and collecting some samples, then I will need to start sampling the garment in calico.

Embroidery

The rest of the week was spent working on the embroidery samples, it took me a little bit of time to get the hang of the fine detailed one, as I was using a metallic thread.

Just to refresh, the pattern for the embroidery was taken from the pattern on the 2nd class dining plates used on the Titanic.

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I am really happy with the out come, and I want to include it in my final collection. I will need to start designing some garments that could feature this embroidery pattern.

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The colour of this sample won’t be the colour used in the collection. I will need to research some suppliers, to find the right shades.

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The design for this sample was taken from the shape of the Titanic museum in Belfast. I used a silver metallic thread for the lines and used silver beads for the other shapes.

I also like this sample, it is a bit more original as I arranged the design myself, but I’m not sure how I would like this on a garment.

I will have to do some stand work with the sample and see how it looks on the body.

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I drew up a few sketches of garment ideas featuring both of the embroidery samples. I sketched in the idea of using a skin coloured mesh fabric as a base for the embroidery, I will have to sample this to ensure it works.

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In this sketch you can see I came up with the idea of having two fabric panels with the embroidery on them. These panels would then be attached to a skin coloured mesh, to give the illusion that it is just the panels covering the body.

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This sketch also has the same idea, it is a v-neck mesh top with the embroidered shapes. The only problem is the embroidery won’t cover anything and will be very revealing, an under top may be needed.

Fabric

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I began looking at fabrics online and came across a website called Top Fabrics, which is based in the UK.

This website pretty much has everything I was looking for, so it would be a perfect suit as I can order everything together!

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I went through their fabrics and ordered a few samples, this way I can see the colours properly and feel the quality and texture!

Lino Prints

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The next sample I want to test is fabric printing using a lino print! I have already transferred the design, now I just have to cut it out and print it.

I’m not sure how this will look, but that is why you have to try everything!

Hopefully this week I will get started on a trial version of dress #1 and then start sampling and design sketching for dress #2!

I’m also hoping to have my fabric samples soon, so I can start planning out the exact fabric I want!

I’m getting pretty excited now seeing everything coming together!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya

xxx

 

 

The Design Diary: Surface Design

I printed out the images that I created in Photoshop, I lined them up on to A3 pages so I could have them grouped together.

Using a black marker I created full garments from the Photoshop samples, some turned out better than others.

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Picking out the best from the line up, I began to do my own sketches and developed them a bit further.

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As you can see from these sketches I took the first image from the Photoshop line up and then developed it into 3 other design ideas.

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After completing some sketch work it was time to start looking at fabrics, print and embroidery.

In order to sample embroidery and print I will need to create some patterns from my research!

Colour

For the first pattern I decided to take it from the shape of the Titanic museum in Belfast.

I outlined the building using the pencil tool and then moved the shapes to a plain page.

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After I picked out all the shapes I began to create patterns with them.

Here are the patterns I created so far.

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Now that I have some patterns created, I need to start exploring some colour stories.

These colour stories can be driven by the research, or by the trend forecasting for the particular season.

For my case I have decided to create this collection to be suited for the coming seasons, Autumn/Winter 17/18. I then began looking at the trend forecasting for these seasons and found some colour guide lines.

Next I went onto Pinterest to find images which have similar colours, these I can use as my colour story. Usually I would take my own photographs, but for this collection I decided just to pick one from Pinterest.

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Once I had picked out a few images, I began to create colour swatches from each image.

I haven’t fully decided on which colour story I want, but I will use these colours in my print and embroidery samples.

I went back to my patterns in Photoshop and began to fill them with colour. These are not final prints but a working progress.

Now that I have my colour and pattern research done, I can now move onto samples!

The first sample I done was painting the shapes I took from the Titanic building. I used ordinary fabric paint on white satin fabric.

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I was happy with the outcome, but the sample would need another layer of paint as it was blotchy. I definitely want to further this idea on a much larger scale!

For this embroidery sample I got the design from the style of plate that was used abroad the Titanic.

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I traced this design and then transferred it onto some pain Cotton fabric.

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Here is a progression photograph of the embroidery sample. I am using a metallic grey embroidery thread and a few different embroidery techniques.

This sample is not fully complete, but will be for part 5.

The next sample planned is another embroidery but this time it is of the same shapes taken from the Titanic museum.

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I haven’t fully decided on technique or colour yet. This sample should also be completed for part 5.

In part 5 I will begin some larger samples based on printing and painting. I will also start working on the large mannequin with fabric, while sketching up my first line up of garments.

Thank you for reading😘

Love Tanya

xxx

The Design Diary: Design Development

I put all the sample images onto an A3 page and got them printed. I also printed out an A4 page with two images of my favourite sample, which I will work with later.

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Printing all the sample images together makes it easier to pick out the best, and to add notes and sketches. I then put them into plastic sleeves to keep them safe, so I can look back on them later if I need any inspiration.

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Now that everything is printed, I sat down and added notes to the images and done a few sketches. These included ideas I could add to the samples, or even how they could be a full garment.

This is definitely a very handy and quick way to start the flow of design ideas. Before designing anything I like to do this, as well as working on Photoshop, which I will show you now!

Design Development

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This may take a minute to explain!

In Photoshop I like to crop out all the samples from the mannequin, I then add them to a picture of a model. Here I begin to use the warp tool to create actual garments, or what could be part of the garment. This way I can see the sample on a person and how the sample may look in a larger scale.

I also like to create new samples using this technique, which I then recreate with fabric, if I think they will work. I can save money on fabric by testing out the idea in Photoshop first.

I hope that made sense πŸ˜‚, here are a few I created!

Now it is time to start sketching down some design ideas!

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When sketching designs, I like to get at least four ideas onto one A3 page. I also use the same model for each design, I like to keep my sketching clean and simple so it is easy and clear to understand!

Adding notes is also important to me, so I myself understand the idea I have just sketched!

Samples

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I have started my design development, but I now need to go back and further my samples. Sampling and design sketching is a circle of work, I sample, then sketch, and sample and sketch!

This image is of the list I made in part 2, I have decided just to sample a few of the pleat ideas and work on the rest later. I wanted to test out the double pleat using different weights of fabric, to see which holds the pleat better!

The first is a heavy canvas material, which holds the pleat really well, but you can definitely see it is weighted! The black sample is made from grosgrain, this is a lighter fabric but is still quite stiff. It doesn’t hold the pleats as well but it definitely has more volume!

As you can see I put these samples on the larger mannequin, but I also put them on the smaller one like the previous samples.

It is great to have this comparison, the samples look completely different on each mannequin, but they give me extra ideas to work with for my design sketches.

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Another sample I made was the contrasting colour idea, this I created using a neon yellow fabric and regular calico. Although this is only a sample, I really like the colours together!

Working with this sample on the mannequin, was actually my favourite out of all! For such a simple sample, it has given me so many good ideas, and it will drive a lot of design work for my garments!

Printing

I want to include some print work in my collection, which I haven’t done before! I started researching some DIY style printing, mainly because I love to experiment with fabrics to see what I can create on my own!

One that stood out the most to me was lino printing, when I was in secondary school I loved doing lino prints in Art class! I thought this would definitely represent me and it would also be very interesting to see what I could do with it!

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I also researched companies that specialize in fabric printing. If my lino idea doesn’t pan out, I could always create my own design and send it to be printed by a company. It may be costly, but the end product would be worth it!

Embroidery

Lastly I researched some embroidery techniques, as I am keen to include it in my collection along with some beading work.

Now that I have researched these techniques, it is time to put both embroidery and printing to the test. But first I need to create a pattern for which to work on!

I hope you enjoyed part 3 of this series, if you have any ideas, or questions leave me a comment and I will get back to you πŸ˜€πŸ˜˜

Stay tuned for part 4, which will have a lot more sketches, colour and texture!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya

xxx

 

 

 

The Design Diary: Sampling

Now that I have my sample ideas brainstormed, it is time to start building the sample collection!

Sample Prep

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Before making the samples, I like to roughly sketch them up, so I know exactly what I am planning to sample.

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For the first batch of samples I like to use calico as it is an affordable fabric and is easy to work with, as I develop samples later, I will use different types of fabric.

Typically I like to keep the samples between an A4 size or A3.

Once I had all the samples complete, I laid them out and photographed them. Later I will print these images to keep in a sketch book and to do some sketches on.

Finished Samples

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The first sample I done was paneling with contrasting colours, as simple as it is I think it would work really well with the right colours and right fabric.

I definitely want to further this idea, so more sketches will be the next thing to do!

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This sample was supposed to be piping but I ended up turning it into pleats! When sampling this tends to happen, I will started sampling one idea and end up with something completely different. This isn’t such a bad thing because a lot of the time it can be the best sample!

In this case I’m not sure about this sample, simply because I have had similar styles in past collections and would like to try something new.

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Next on the list was pleats, so I started with a basic pleat going in one direction. It is a simple sample but it is just a starting point. I’m going to sketch up a few ideas for more pleats and I will develop them later.

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This is another pleat sample, it is actually the same sample as the previous but I folded the top pleat over by 1cm, this creates a double layer pleat. I actually find this very interesting and I definitely want to further this style, I would like to try making this again but in a heavier fabric.

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This sample is a straight forward one, it is simply some string going through fabric which makes it easy to gather the fabric. I don’t think I will further this idea as it is too straight forward and it isn’t inspiring me!

New sample sketches

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I’ve made a new list of samples to test out, I decided to continue testing contrasting samples and mixing them among the pleated samples to see what effect it creates.

I also noted I should research fabric printing and embroidery. I think the fabric printing could work well with the contrasting colours.

Embroidery and beading seemed very popular back then, so I decided I will research some techniques that may work well among my work.

Stand Work

After photographing the samples I moved on to pinning them on a mini mannequin, this gives me a better idea of what the samples would look like on a much larger scale. Again I photographed every which way I pinned the samples, and I will print these later. Here are a few on my favorites.

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In the next section you will see how I work with the printed images of the samples, and how I begin my first round of garment design sketches.

Although this part of the design process can be a bit boring at times, I do hope you will stick around to see the more fun side of the development πŸ˜€

If you have any sample ideas, drop me a comment I would love to hear your opinions πŸ˜€πŸ˜˜

Love Tanya

xxx

 

 

The Design Diary: Research

Hey There!!

Today is the first day of this fun and really exciting project! I hope you are looking forward to seeing my progress in creating my first evening wear collection. Each post will be a different stage of my design development.

This post is all about the beginning, finding my inspiration and starting my research!

Inspiration

For this collection I have found my inspiration in the Titanic!

Growing up I loved the Titanic, the history, the style and of course the movie. So I thought this would be the perfect inspiration!

I like to choose inspiration based on subjects/objects I have a passion for, as I can then channel that passion and love into my design work! This way I will always stay motivated and inspired!

Research

I went onto Pinterest and looked for images of the Titanic, before and after the disaster. The structure of the ship will help drive some structure in my collection. I found images of the interior of the ship, which are also very interesting and may help to drive detail.

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While looking at images of the Titanic, I started looking at the clothing worn by the women in the images. I then decided to research the clothing of that period, this research will help drive my fabric story and garment detail.

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Research Boards

I printed out all of my found images and purchased 3 foam boards.

I then divided the images into the right category, the Titanic ship, the interior and the fashion worn by the women. I stuck them down with blu tack, so they can be easily removed.

Having research boards is important and very helpful, all of my inspiration and research is all together. I can then go back to these at any stage of my design development and I wont have to go hunting for the images on Pinterest.

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Brain Storming

I bought an A4 size notebook, as I will need this for keeping all of my ideas and notes together! The first brainstorm I did was for the clothing worn by the women in 1912. I studied the images very carefully, looking at the finishing’s of the garments e.g the buttons. I looked at the shape of the skirts/dresses, and at the fact that they layered a lot of their clothing using contrasting fabrics.

Anything I found I added to the brainstorm, this will help me later when I am beginning my actual design sketching and fabric shopping.

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The next brain storm I done was for the Titanic and its interior. Again I examined the images and pulled out any information or details that may influence my design development. An example would be the round windows on the ship, these could influence me to add some eyelets to my garments.

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Sample Brain Storming

Sampling: Sampling is done to help come up with ideas for features on the garments.Β  Example: Pleating: a sample could be done for several types of pleats, the designer may decide they only like one or even none at all. It helps to eliminate ideas that won’t work and to help further ideas that will.

I went back to my research boards so I could start brain storming ideas for samples. I took some of the ideas from the previous brain storming, for example studs, these I spotted on the chairs on board the Titanic ship. I used sticky notes to put these ideas on the board, so I can go back to them later, if I need more ideas.

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I began to trace some detailing from the images, this can help pull patterns and shapes from the photos. By doing this I can create patterns based on the images which could be used for embroidery or for fabric printing.

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I also used some paper to create pleating, as the steps from the grand staircase reminded me of pleating!

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It is very important I come up with as many ideas as possible, so I can have a better chance of creating really good samples, and to have more of an option when it come to eliminating samples that don’t have much potential.

Now I have the first half of my research complete, the next step is to create some drawings as part of some primary research and start sampling ideas based on the brainstorming I completed!

Leave me a comment if you have any questions, and stay tuned for part 2!

Love Tanya

xxx

 

 

The Design Diary

I have always wanted to have a fashion blog, but I also wanted to have a fashion blog that was different and offered more than just outfit ideas and hauls. To achieve this, I have planned a new series called The Design Diary!

This series will show my step by step process to completing an evening wear collection. The design process is long and has many stages from research to sampling and then to the final product!

I have always found the process very interesting and fun, watching my work going from an idea to a finished product.

I thought this series would be interesting for anyone who loves fashion, and who likes to see things come to life.

If you enjoy fashion and love design, I hope you will join me in this journey and hopefully enjoy the process as much as I will!

The first post of the series will be posted midday tomorrow!!

Love Tanya

xxx