My Top 5 Fashion Designers!

While studying Fashion Design in college I was inspired and influenced by many great designers, but there are 5 who really stuck out to me, and who I felt a connection with, not only on their design level but their life stories!!

Alexander McQueen

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McQueen was one of the first designers I fell in love with, his work inspired me to pursue my dream of being a designer! I loved his sharp and keen eye for detail! I love anything dark and Gothic, although I don’t dress that way, it is how I like to design and it is where I find most of my inspiration!

McQueen got his inspiration from a lot of places, but one I loved the most was the Salem Witch Trials, he had found out he was distantly related to Elizabeth How, a woman accused of witch craft during that period and he decided to use this as his inspiration for his 2007 A/W Ready To Wear collection! Sadly McQueen is no longer with us, but his work is continued on by Sarah Burton and I still feel his style is there, it is slightly different but it still has that McQueen feel!

Zac Posen

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I discovered Posen on Pinterest a while back, I was looking at evening wear dresses and my face hit the floor when I seen one of his gowns. Straight away I knew I was going to love this designer and I did! His gowns are amazingly constructed and the structure he uses in his designs is so fresh and different from other designers!

He designs gowns that really enhance the female figure, which I find beautiful! During a design project in college, I let his design style influence me, I ended up designing a dress which had a structural element to the bodice. I was told by my tutors that it wasn’t going to work, but I was determined to make it work! I work on it for a while and I did it, I made the dress!

Gareth Pugh

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When I seen Pugh’s work for the first time I was blown away, I loved how dark his work was but I also loved how he wasn’t afraid to go outside the box!

His collections never failed to impress me and each time I look at his work I feel inspired and motivated to stay true to who I am as a designer! Pugh experiments with different materials, different shapes and forms, he doesn’t stick to the traditional and that is why I like his work!

Jeremy Scott (Moschino)

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I have always loved Moschino, but after watching Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer on Netflix, I learned just how much work Scott put in to be where he is today! I find his story so inspiring and motivational, Iv doubted myself so many times (still do) but seeing how he came up from rejection and proved that he had what it took to be a designer.

Although his style isn’t the same as mine, I cant help but feel some major love for his designs, they are different and fun and also quite nostalgic!!(Barbie Collection)

Donatella Versace (Versace)

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Versace has also been a long time love of mine, but I didn’t know much about its background. That was until I watched House of Versace I was fascinated by the story and felt the film was done so well! I had a whole new-found respect for Donatella, she had been through hell and came back fighting and stronger than ever!

I’m forever repeating myself, but she is so inspiring, I struggled a lot in college (A story for another post) but after watching this film it actually did give me a little kick, and I knew I could get through it! It is very interesting how other people’s story’s can have such an impact on our own life’s, especially when it is someone you have never met!

Who is your favourite designer?

Thank you for reading!

Love, Tanya

xxx

 

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Doing It In Denim!

I’ve been loving this outfit lately, I recently pulled out my trusty oversized demin jacket from my wardrobe and I haven’t put it back since! It is the perfect weight for the Irish weather, it’s not too heavy and not too light!

I paired it with my new River Island jeans and my Primark body suit. I haven’t worn an outfit like this in a while, and the main reason for that was my weight gain. I felt uncomfortable and to be honest embarrassed, but I recently heard someone say you should be yourself and not care how other people see you, to be you and not what is expected of you! It seemed to get through to me, because I’ve started to wear what I want and what I like, instead of things that hide my weight!

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Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya,

xxx

The Design Diary: Finalising Outfit #1

Over the past week and a bit I have been working hard to finalize the first outfit of the collection, and low and behold I have finally done just that!!🎉🎉

Toiling The Design

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I have designed a few bodice ideas already and now I want to toile them to make sure they will work before making the final decision.

The first toile worked out exactly as planned, I’m really happy with the open back and I think it will work well with the piped fabric, which you will see again in a moment.

This toile didn’t work out as expected. The open back didn’t have the right shape, and didn’t sit well on the mannequin. I was inspired by the silhouette of the Titanic museum building, with the unusual angles. I thought it would work well with the surface detailing but I think the first sample will look better.

I definitely love these two together! The bodice goes really well with the skirt, mainly because there isn’t a lot going on.

Although they don’t look bad together, I feel like the shaped back works much better than the sharp angles. The shaped back also has a better flow with the skirt.

Fabric Manipulation

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In the last TDD post I talked about how much I loved working with fabric, especially when it involves manipulating it and trying to create something new and different. The image above is the sample I made using piping and I decided this was going to be the surface detail for the final bodice.

Now that I corrected some of the problems with the bodice pattern, it is time to make the fabric and then cut out the patterns.

Making The Fabric

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For the bodice I decided to make it in 100% cotton in a baby pink colour. I made the fabric by binding to layers with yarn. The above picture is a progress image from my Instagram: this_is_tanya_

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Here you can see what the fabric looks like once it is ironed together. As you can see it bubbled a little and it doesn’t give he full effect I’m looking for. This is why I like to do a top stitch along the piping, it helps it to stand out even more!

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Here I tested the top stitch using a white tread, it actually works pretty well as the pink is quite pale.

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I also tried it out using a dark purple to see if it would create a nice contrast, but I didn’t like as it cheapened the over all look of the fabric.

The Final Top

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Here is the final top! As you can see I decided to go with the white tread for the top stitch and I think it worked out very well!

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As you may also notice the piping doesn’t match up at all the seams and this is purposely done as I didn’t want it all to look together. I wanted to create a similar look to the design of the building of the Titanic Museum in Belfast.

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The open back was inspired by the shapes and curves of the wood paneling on board the Titanic ship. The bodice isn’t 100% done yet as it needs to be lined and a zip needs to be put in.

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I am very happy with the surface detail on the top, it is so simple but yet very effective and will look really nice against a simple plain skirt!

Outfit One

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I have to say I am over the moon with this outfit, it took a lot of time to get to where I am, but it was worth it!

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Now I need to buy the fabric for the skirt and finish lining the bodice.

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I am also thinking of retesting the skirt, the reason being I ran out of fabric and had to join two pieces together, so it isn’t exactly perfect. The last thing I need is to make the skirt in the good fabric, only to find a problem!😂😂

More Fabric Swatches

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I took a trip to Dublin recently and decided to have a little peek in the fabric shop. I ended up finding some AMAZING fabrics, so I asked for a few swatches and this is what I got.😂😂

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This fabric is quite thick and perfect for the A/W time, it also has this interesting texture. I think it could work well for a skirt or maybe even an evening coat.

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This sample is a pale lavender stretch satin, and I fell in love with it straight away! I am also considering making the first skirt in this fabric, even though I have already picked a fabric for it! 😣😂

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Both of these fabrics are pretty much the same, just a different colour. I was considering these for one of the dresses I plan to make, but I will have to wait and see if the fabric will suit the design of the dress first.

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Lining Patterns

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I am currently working on the lining for the top, this should be all finished for Part 11!!

Now that Outfit one is finally sorted it is time to started sketching for the next outfit. I was hoping to have the sketches done for this post but I spent most of the time making the bodice.

What do you think of outfit 1? Is it something you would wear?

Don’t forget to check out my Facebook page to see some behind the scenes of coming posts!😉😉 Link Here

Thank you for reading,

Love Tanya

xxx

 

The Design Diary: The Final Skirt!

In my last post I was working on skirt designs, and during my week off I began thinking of ways I could make the skirt have more drape and more folds in its body.

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When I was confident that I figured out the best way to do it, I began working on the patterns and I made a toile of the skirt.

The Final Skirt

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The skirt toile worked out exactly how I expected and I am over the moon with this design! Although the toile is made in calico, which is slightly heavy, it still has great movement!

Now that I have my final skirt design it is time to start finishing up the top half so I can finally set aside the first outfit.

The Bodice

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I really liked the idea of this top (above) as part of the first outfit, so I decided to toile it in 100% cotton, which is lighter than the calico.

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The first problem I encountered is the fact that the attached pieces are too heavy for the neckline to hold, but this might fix itself once a facing is added to the inside of the top.

When I paired the top with the skirt, I realised I didn’t like the two together. I feel like a more simple and fitted top would work better with this skirt, simply because the skirt already has so much going on!

I decided to take a different approach this time when designing the top. I cut out and sewed up 2 half bodice tops in calico.

Next I took a marker and began to draw out new necklines and arm holes. I tried to focus on making a wavy neckline and arm hole to add a small bit of character to the plain top without over doing it.

When I cut out around the marker, I decided I didn’t like the style as it just looked messy. I then took the second half of the top as started the process again.

This time I made the waves wider and less intense, I also added a low-cut back.

This one worked out a little better, I want to make a few changes to it but I will do this when I start making a pattern for the top.

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I drew up a quick pattern for the top and made the small changes. I decided to make the top in 100% cotton instead of the calico. The reason for this is because I was planning on making the top out of a silk fabric which is much lighter than calico.

The top turned out OK, but again I have found small areas that I am not happy with and would like to change. For example the armhole is a bit big and is slightly revealing. I then paired the top and skirt together.

Paired together they look quite nice, I tucked the top into the skirt because it was too long over the skirt. The top would need to be taken in a good bit to reduce the bulk in the waist. I still feel more pushed towards making a fitted bodice that can be worn inside the waist band of the skirt without added bulk.

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I began some design sketches of more fitted tops, some of the designs are quite interesting and I will definitely have to toile them. As I mentioned above I was planning on making the top in a silk fabric, but if it is going to be a fitted bodice it will need to be something a bit more stiff.

Fabric Manipulation

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Something I used to love doing was surface detail by manipulating fabric or combining fabric with other unusual materials. I decided I wanted to bring this into my collection because it is something I love doing, so I began by creating fabric samples with raised surfaces.

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These samples were created using yarn and a bonding material to hold the layers together. The sample above was inspired by the surface of the Titanic museum building, which you can see in the image below. Once it was all glued together I then sewed along the sides of the risen material.

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When the sample was done I pinned it to the mannequin along with the skirt to get an idea what the two would look like together.

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I am very happy with the two together and I think now is the time to start toiling the bodice and then re-toiling it with the risen surface! This will be in Part 10.

Fabric Swatches

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During the last two weeks my new fabric swatches arrived! Honestly there is nothing like getting new fabric to play with!

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I sat down and started going through all the ones I ordered. I then picked out the ones I liked the most. I began placing them together to see if the colours paired well.

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After a bit of messing around, chopping and changing the different fabrics and shades, I finally have a solid colour story for my collection! Although this is my finished colour story, some fabrics may not even get used and others may be introduced, as I have said before nothing is ever finished or final!

Final Notes

This week I will be focusing on finishing the first outfit as I have definitely spent too much time on it. Once the first is out of the way the rest seem to flow nicely!

I will have to start a lot of design sketching to get my starting points for the other outfits. I will then be sampling again, but now I have some solid samples which will be worked into some of the other outfits to create a link and to keep the collection pieces closely related to each other!

Thank you for reading

Love, Tanya

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It’s a Nice Day for a White Wedding!

Last week I attended a wedding for the first time in almost 10 years! I love an excuse to buy an expensive dress and doll myself up to the nines, so you can imagine my excitement coming up to this wedding!

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to wear, I searched high and low for the right dress! I ended up ordering 4 dresses from Littlewoods Ireland, and I fell in love with this gorgeous Myleene Klass dress!

This dress ticked all my boxes and more, when I seen the back detail I was sold!

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Where To Buy

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Thank you for reading,

Love Tanya

xxx

The Design Diary: Customer Board

In the previous post I completed a toile of a skirt, the next step is to work with the skirt on the stand and in Photoshop.

The reason I do this is to further the design development. The first toile is never the finished garment, simply because you are going to want to make changes, whether they are big or small.

Again I use Photoshop to edit the images, here I outlined that I could change the skirt to a long back and short front style. I could also widen the skirt and make it more full using tulle.

The next thing I done was created a few new designs using samples from the previous post, these were the square drapes made from satin. I made several designs for both the top and the skirt.

I really like the designs I created, the skirt design above with all the layered drapes is definitely my favourite! I quickly moved on to new samples, without furthering any of the designs above.

New Samples

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In the images above you can see the process I followed to create the following samples. This process is also used to make circle skirts, which is actually what pushed me to create these samples!

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I created several styles using paper first! Using paper to test a sample is a very handy and penny saving trick, this way you can test if the sample is worth cutting out in fabric!

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Above are the paper samples I created, all of the samples turned out perfect, so I began to test them in the calico fabric

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The first sample is a simple square, these samples are small and will be suited for working on the small mannequin.

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On the mannequin the sample looks interesting and is definitely worth developing further.

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The next sample was a square with the corners cut off.

On the mannequin I tested this sample out on the top half of the body instead of the bottom. I really do like this sample, but I also feel as if I have seen it before.

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The next sample is a rectangle shape with a smaller circle cut out, this will allow for better frills.

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This sample worked out even better than the previous ones. I would like to see this with a bit more structure!

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To make the structured sample, I ironed a fabric stiffener to the back of some calico. I cut out the rectangle shape with the small center, the same as the previous sample.

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I was actually a little disappointed with the structured sample. I was expecting it to look more interesting.

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Next I decided to test out the square sample in a light fabric and a heavy fabric. The sample above is made from a light chiffon.

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Using a light fabric creates a really nice drape! I think this design would look really good if it had more layers using different lengths.

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This sample was made from a double backed satin, which is pretty thick.

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This sample is very interesting! I personally love structure when it comes to design, especially structured skirts, like that designed by Zac Posen! I’m unsure if I want to have this kind of structure for this collection, but I will definitely refer back to it for later collections.

Design Development

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After working with the small samples I decided to do a few sketches based on them. I explored different lengths, layers and bodices.

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Choosing the skirt design I liked the most I drew up a quick line up for the first dress. I paired the skirts with my favourite tops I have designed so far. Still unsure about which I like the most I moved on to working on the larger mannequin.

Stand Work

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The first sample I made for the larger scale mannequin was the square shape. I was disappointed with how boring it actually looked on the large mannequin. Under the sample is the skirt toile I made in the last post.

 

The next sample I made was the rectangle shape. This shape definitely looks a lot better than the square! I placed it over the skirt so the long part of the sample was placed at the front and back, while the short ends are on the sides. This design definitely has a lot of potential!

Using the same sample, I simply turned it around so the short ends are at the front and back, and the long ends are at the sides. Again this design has great potential and could be developed further.

I moved on to remove the skirt from underneath the sample. It has lost some volume, but still looks interesting. I think if this sample was to be layered it would look really nice!

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I tried to layer the rectangle sample and the square sample together but it didn’t turn out like I expected. The square sample is too flat for it to create a nice drape. I would need to cut out more of the rectangle shapes in different sizes.

I also explored some design ideas for the bodice, I done this using the smaller version of the samples. In the images above you can see both the rectangle samples, stiffened and unstiffened.

I also tried the different weighted samples. To be honest I didn’t like either of them on the bodice. It just reminded me of a clowns collar!

The Customer Board

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The final thing I done this week was research for my customer board! A customer board is very important in the design process, and realistically should have been done in the very beginning. I completely forgot because I was too excited to start designing!

The customer board is all about the person you wish to aim your collection at. My collection is evening wear, for occasions such as weddings, cocktail parties and formal events. My customer would be a working woman, who loves her fashion, even at work she still likes to add her own touch to the boring work suit!

She lives in the city and commutes to work instead of driving, she is a very hard worker, but also likes to let her hair down and have fun. Most importantly she loves fashion and is very open to new trends and styles!

Final Notes

Now that I have found some designs that I really like, I will start to design ideas on paper, then I will start to toile them.

I will be taking a week off from The Design Diary as I have a wedding and unfortunately I wont have time to do a lot of work.

I hope you are enjoying The Design Diary so far, and trust me its only going to get better, especially when we get all the fabric!!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Design Diary: Frills Frills Frills

Picking up from my last post, I started working on the frill samples which I drew up in my notebook.

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These samples were quite easy to make, I simply drew up the patterns and then cut them out of the linen fabric. I started using brown paper to do my sample patterns as I only have a limited amount of spot and cross paper, as I still have to order a new roll.

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I cut out small and large sizes of each frill sample, having different sizes can actually give you different effects, the weights can be different, creating different drapes.

As soon as they were all cut out, I went and started working on the mannequin, straight away I loved the ideas I was getting. I find working on the mannequin sometimes doesn’t work for me, but when I am in the right mind, it can work out amazingly and that is what happened for me this time!

Stand Work

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When I am working on the mannequin I tend to go straight to the neckline and the armholes! This is different for everyone, everyone has an area they go straight to without even knowing it, its only when someone points it out that you realise it 😂

For the sample above I used 2 spiral samples, this worked quite nicely, and could look very interesting in a sheer fabric!

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For the above sample I used 4 small square samples and pinned them to the shoulder seam. This was one of my favourite samples, I love the folded drape. I will further this sample later!

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This sample is my favourite of all, I used all the small squares and 1 large square. This idea is definitely working for me, I will develop it further through some drawings.

Taking the shapes I liked the most, I went and cut them out from different fabrics, from satin to chiffon. I wanted to test different weights to see did the shape/structure/drape change!

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This sample is a heavy satin, it drapes nicely and the weight of the fabric works as an advantage!

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This sample is 100% cotton which I folded and ironed flat. I actually like this sample, especially if I was to layer the cotton. I do feel like it has lost something by simply being flat!

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This sample is definitely a strong contender! I layered blue and black chiffon to create this awesome effect! I want to sample this further by layering even more!

Sketches

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The first round of sketches I done where a follow on of the gathered sample from my previous post.

I chose the draped sleeve idea and tried to develop it further. I don’t like any of the ideas I drew, so for now I won’t be developing it any further.

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The next set were again developed from the same sample in my previous post. I loved the gathered drape as a statement piece to be added to a simple garment. I started looking at it in a much larger scale and even adding more than 1 to the garment.

I’m quite interested in the 2nd sketch, which is a larger version of the sample, attached to a simple draped dress.

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These sketches are based on my most recent samples! I feel so inspired when I see these sketches and samples! I feel this idea is going to be a huge part of the collection, but it definitely needs to be furthered more! I feel excited about experimenting with these samples and I can’t wait to see what I come up with! 🤞

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Here is my second line up, I picked my favourite designs out of my most recent and put them together. Again this just makes it easier for me to look back and decide which to develop and which to scrape!

Which one do you like?

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Going back to my first line up, I decided to continue to toile my chosen garment, which is highlighted below.

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I have already made the top and I fixed the size of the sleeves, they were too big and they wouldn’t fit in the arm holes! To fix the problem I simply reduced the back seam by 1cm and now the sleeves fit perfectly!

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I didn’t take any picture of the pattern drafting for the skirt, mainly because I was so indulged in it I completely forgot I was supposed to be photographing everything 😂

I will photograph the pattern drafting for the final garment.

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I shortened the skirt so it comes to the middle of the shin instead of the ankle. The skirt isn’t as wide as depicted in the sketch.

A netted under skirt could be added to give more volume, or I could use a heavier fabric and add more width to the skirt.

For part 8, you will see me work a lot with this sample outfit, moving toward a final first garment!

I will also continue to work on the drape samples and the frills!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram: this_is_tanya_ and Snapchat: velvetvogue to see some behind the scenes of my collection!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya

xxx

 

The Design Diary: First Toile

The past 2 weeks have been slow on the collection front. I adopted a rescue pup 2 weeks ago and I have been spending a lot of time with him, to insure he settles in. I managed to get a few things done this week so here is what I accomplished!

First Fabric Samples

The fabric samples I ordered from Top Fabrics arrived sometime last week. I ordered 6 swatches, these included a stretch flesh coloured mesh, Silk and Satin.

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I was honestly disappointed with the Satin fabrics, they weren’t as heavy as I expected and the texture wasn’t what I thought it would be.

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The Silk fabrics were very nice, in texture and colour, but I felt they were just a little too light for the garments I have in mind. This collection is aimed at Autumn/Winter, so a heavy fabric would be required.

The mesh fabric was perfect! It is the perfect tone and stretch, as well as having a soft texture!

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If I was to pick any of the fabrics it would be the ones shown below, they are all silk and the mesh.

I will continue to look for the perfect fabric, because I don’t want to settle until I have the exact ones I want!

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I visited another website called Truro Fabrics, they are also based in the UK. I have ordered fabric swatches from them in the past and they were really good quality and fairly priced!

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I have made a list on the website of 14 swatches I want to order. I have a range of colours and fabric types. I decided to look at some Wools, seen as it is an A/W collection, the Wool will add a nice texture mix and some warmth!

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First Toile

The first toile is a top from one of my garment designs, which was included in my first line up!

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To create this pattern I used a dart-less bodice block. This way I won’t have any seams on the top, apart from the sleeve seams.

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Once I have traced the block out on some spot and cross paper, I need to add my seam allowance and then cut them out to create my pattern.

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I usually use calico for my toiles, but my local fabric shop was out, so I had to make do with some linen.

I simply pin the patterns to the fabric and then cut them out.

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After they are cut out I just quickly sewed them up to get my first toile.

I forgot to take pictures of the sleeve patterns, but you will see all of that later when I am focusing on some different sleeve styles.

Once all the seams are ironed flat, I put the toile onto my mannequin to make sure the fit is right.

Here I make notes on any changes that need to be made, for example the sleeves didn’t fit into the arm hole, so I will need to reduce the sleeve pattern by 1cm to make sure it fits nicely.

Working on Illustrator is also a technique I like to use when I can’t print out multiple image of the top to edit by hand.

Here I made notes that I could shorten the sleeves, lengthen the top and change the neckline.

Frills

I felt like my collection needed something else, so I went back to my research and decided to look at adding Frills.

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Firstly I went to Pinterest to do some image research on frills, I looked at styles, patterns and how other designers used Frills.

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Inspired by what I seen, I sketched out some sample ideas to get me started!

I will create some basic samples which I can work with on the stand, and then some more complex samples to hopefully create some surface design and texture.

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I went through some of my old work, I remembered I had some samples that I created using elastic gathering, which created a frill effect. I then started doing some stand work with this sample to help drive some new bodice designs!

I LOVED how this sample worked on the stand, and I definitely want to bring this into my collection!

By working on the mannequin, even if it is just with fabric, you will be amazed at what ideas you can come up with!

Straight after the stand work, I went and drew up some of my favourites, these I will further later and possibly toile!

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It is amazing how you can start with something simple and end up with something so creative and unusual!

Although it wasn’t a huge productive week, I do feel like I got something done!

Now I have to go sample again and then start more design sketches!

If you would like to see some behind the scenes follow me on Instagram: this_is_tanya_ or add me on Snapchat: velvetvogue

Thank you so much for reading!

Love Tanya

xxx

 

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

 

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