So I have been majorly absent from my newly started blog and terrible at keeping to my making resolution because UNI HAS TAKEN OVER MY LIFE.
Seriously, Im sure everyone knows someone who acts like they have no free time because of uni. And Im sure you find it really annoying. But seriously final year of an art degree is hard work.
Since my degree is costume making though I thought why not share the progress here. Above is a picture taken from my hand in in December. This was the toiles for toile hand in. I absolutley love how the toiles have turned out and this picture makes me so proud.
This is my favourite part of costume making- when you make up a toile from all the bespoke patterns and they look perfect. Since it is two weeks to hand in the actual costumes are now nearly finished. But i thought showing where they started was important.
I was keeping up with another blog (mostly images) detailing the design journey so if you want to see that please do check it out.
My next post I will be showing the male costume and talking about the design and making of it in a bit more detail!
Lots of love! Maria.
Sunday, 30 April 2017
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
|Stripe Bell Sleeve Blouse|
Make Number 3
This is just one of those things you don't want to blog about or share. Im really not the most pleased with this shirt for many reasons.
- Its probably the worst thing I have made in many years
- It could have been so great because the design is there
- I rushed into cutting and thats the one thing I have learned in all my experience NOT TO DO
Starting out with this journey to a self made, slow fashion wardrobe I wanted to start by focusing on easy makes. By that I mean simple pattern cutting- just cutting shapes and stitching. Thats why I started this in a new year because its much easier to make summer clothes like this.
With this top tho I got a bit ambitious, Ive been making for over five years now and I do a degree in costume, so I would say that I am quite an advanced seamstress and in no ways am I new to sewing. Thats why I dived into this. I blame it being terrible on a number of factors-
- Dont do sleeves without a pattern - just dont its a terrible idea
- I didnt work on the fit
- I got bored with it and just stitched it up with no finished edges- why WHY would anyone ever do that
So yea I have wore this quite a lot because it really is a cute top for everyday spring wear. But it is never going to last and the fit is just not that great. Anyway heres some more pics- and please do not judge me forever on this terrible top!
Monday, 27 February 2017
|Make Number 2|
The fabric I used is this beautiful linen I found in the off cut bit in Abakhans in Manchester. I love that section because you can get fabric at such a decent price.
I changed how I sewed up at the panels though! Inspired by the reformation dress above, I wanted to leave the sides open, just looks a bit younger and more girly i think! I also made my ties more like that.
The ties are two bagged out shapes, long enough to go around the waist and then be tied. Now normally you make the one that goes around the waist longer BUT I made mine both the same length because I wanted to have the option to tie them both around. I like this cause then I can wear it two ways. To make it wrap you have to leave an opening in the seam of the opposite side side to the tie to pull it through and around the back.
Anyway, Im so happy with how this turned out. It is the easiest thing ever to make! Beginners should definitely give it a go, such a good example of how sewing is literally just cuttting shapes and sewing it to fit your body.
Just need it to warm up now plzzzz, spring/summer where r u attttt 🙏🌞
Monday, 20 February 2017
Make Number 1
This weekend I am going to an engagement and wanted to make a nice outfit to wear. What better way to start my new years res of making two things a month than to make something for a huge event 😂
At least it gives me a deadline and forces me to actually finish making a garment!
My aim was to make something really simple but still 'on trend'. But something I can still keep forever as this is the aim of my sewing projects👍
My Pattern Inspiration
In this screen grab of my pintrest board (which you can browse here) you can see the overall look i was going for. My friend actually has the ASOS top from the third pin in and it looks amazing on her, plus I knew it would be suppppper easy to make considering it is literally to rectangles sewn together! So thats just what Ive went for!
I don't have an overlocker so I zig-zaged the edges and then hemed them all by turning them in once. (PS: I had the charts on I swear I didn't have that Katy Perry song on for long😂)
On to the gathers! I was originally planning on placing the gathers along the top, but I don't think it would be the most flattering on me. So i moved it to under the arm. I also really wanted the top edge of my frill to be on show because It just looks so nice and Boho but in this fabric its looked pretty crappy so I hid the seam, stitching the gather to the front rectangle with a normal seam.
This is it pretty much done now, yay! Im just going to put a horizontal strap along the back to make it sit in place nicer. I will be posting better photos of it this week when I can get Kurt to take some lol.
Just need to decide what skirt to put with it now!