Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!!

Although it is still summer I can’t help but find myself still wearing black! The weather here in Ireland isn’t what you would find in Spain, so I can pretty much get away with it!

When transitioning into the Fall season it is the perfect time to start lightly layering, here you will see I am wearing a long chiffon top with a Karki green Kimono over it. This layering is light and definitely suitable for the mild weather!

I paired the outfit with my Topshop amo boots and my beige Kurt Geiger bag.

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These items are not available anymore, but I will link similar versions!

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Thank you for reading!

Love, Tanya

xxx

Trend Spotting: Summer Sliders!

Lets be honest, sliders are ugly, but it is the kind of ugly that has made them popular and wanted by many fashion lovers!

Sliders were generally a plain strapped shoe, they were designed for comfort and not for style. Designers and celebrities such as Rihanna have taken the boring slider and given it a complete do over!

Now when you google sliders you will see many different styles, furry, jeweled and even metallic. These new styles have made the slider popular among fashion lovers as it allows them to be stylish but comfortable at the same time!!

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Above you can see celebrities Khloe Kardashian, the Olsen twins and Rihanna sporting their sliders! Khloe is wearing simple black furry slider, the Olsen twins are rocking the original Berkenstock sliders and Rihanna its showcasing her Fenty Bow Sliders.

Where To Buy

Zara

€39.95

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Topshop

€40.00

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Topshop

€52.00

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Forever 21

€20.00

Forever21

New Look

€27.99

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How To Style

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^^ All items are available from Newlook ^^

I personally love the new sliders and I have my eye on the Topshop buckle sliders! I’m already planning outfits in my head!

What do you think of the new fashion sliders? are you a fan or do you think they are too much? let me know 😁😘

Thank you for reading,

Love Tanya

xxx

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For The Love Of Lace!

This outfit has been one of my favourites for the past few weeks. I bought the jacket in Penny’s/Primark a few months ago and it is now one of my most worn pieces!

The top is a laced smock from River Island, which I picked up during their sale! I love that I can dress it up for a more formal look or dress it down for a causal day out.

For this post I styled it for a casual lunch date with my close friend!

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Where To Buy

River island

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*Unavailable items will have alternative links*

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 😂, 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 😀😘

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: 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.  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

 

 

Wardrobe Wish List

Just when I think I have all the clothes I need, I find something else I want to add to my wardrobe!!

I am currently trying to build a collection of statement and essential items, similar to a capsule wardrobe. My main goal at the moment is to find shoes and jackets!

Mules

 

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I’m not a huge fan of sandals, so mules are the next best thing for summer! There are so many choices this season, and I just can’t seem to choose one pair! I am torn between these pink embroidered mules from V by very and these simple black textured mules from Lost Ink!

Which would you choose?

Mom Jeans

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I’ve been living in skinny jeans for a while, and I just feel it’s time for a change! I was considering the boyfriend style jean, but because of my body shape they didn’t suit me at all! Mom jeans would definitely be a better fit! They would also be a better option for the summer!

Rain Coat

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When I was in Zara a little while back, I spotted this rain coat and straight away it reminded me of a coat I had as a kid, which in fact I hated, but clearly my taste has changed. I love the texture of the material! Funny enough I live in a country where it is raining all the time, and I don’t even own a proper rain coat!

Tulle Dress/Top

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I’ve been loving the new tulle tops and dresses, they are perfect for layering in the summer! I don’t feel comfortable wearing crop tops, but if I was wearing this over it I would feel a bit more comfortable! I like the embroidery on this top, but I would prefer a plain one, which I could add to.

Leather Ankle Boots

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I know we are going into Spring, but living in Ireland the weather is very unpredictable! I have plenty of boots, but they all have heels. What I need is a plain pair of leather boots that are low heeled and will go with pretty much everything! I wanted these boots from Topshop but they are currently sold out, so I need to find something similar!

This is all I have on my wish list so far, but I’m sure I will have more very soon!

What is on your wardrobe wish list??

Love Tanya

xxx