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I’m hurtling towards the end of the second year of my degree and starting to finalise my collection… I have 13 garments to make (6 looks) which is a bit of a hefty task, but I enjoy the pattern cutting and construction tasks so it doesn’t feel too intimidating.

I do however struggle with drawing.  I’ve said it before and I have to admit that it’s not something I have put too much effort in to practising.

I love simple drawings that look hand drawn, but when I have drawn it they tend to look a little too simple and hand drawn for my liking!

I came across a really interesting article from the adobe blog (through twitter, obvs) about flat design on the web …. and I thought to myself – I really like that style, maybe i’ll be better at that than real-life pencil sketching…..?

So I had a go … inspired by Delpozo s/s 15 show teaser;

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this is my third -ish attempt:

final line up hanging illustration

I like it.

R x

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It’s February already?

I’m back…… I’ve been in essay land but its all done now, phew.

Remember my survey that so many of you lovely sewers helped me out with, well, I’ve been writing about that.

*** My survey is still open by the way, (as I plan to pursue this line of research, it’s really interesting) so if you are a home sewer that hasn’t filled it in, there’s still time! Its here :

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9LV9WJV

In the meantime I’m going to chuck in a pic of my new sewing space – I have moved out of my little studio at the back of the house (it was too small and a little bit damp which was making my fabric stash sad).

So, we now have a kitchen/diner and the dining room is all mine!!! All my husbands suggestion, what a star 🙂

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When I get my kit back I will start posting more information about my results so far…

Starting work on my final collection

This week I have started to draft the patterns for my final collection… The first look I am working on is the apron dress and rib knit dress:

Apron dress

ribbed knit dress with triangles

the apron dress with will be made from Furakawa denim (From Merchant and Mills here) they describe it as ‘a special Japanese 6oz denim. 57% cotton, 34% wool, 9% linen.’  As this collection is for Autumn Winter, the apron dress will be worn over the rib knit dress (fabric yet to be finalised!)

Here are the sketches of the garments:

blue apron

rib dress arrows+castle

I have lots of changes still to make but here is some snaps from this weeks toile:

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Still some tweaking to be done on the pocket placement and positioning but so far so good,

R x

Capsule Collection – Utility

So I promised this a while back but have only just completed my photoshoot with all the outfits from the collection I made last year!

In preparation for applying for my final year at MMU I am updating my portfolio and this will include my Capsule collection from the first year – Utility.  Based on work wear, paper and a working wardrobe that will go straight from day – night, this is what it looks like:

Alex denim back looking back-1 Alex denim front leg bent-1 Alex blue coat front with bag-1 Alex blue coat close up back detail-1 Alex denim front attitude-1 Alex skirt top front hand on hips-1 Alex skirt top back-1 Alex white dress front fingers together-1 Alex white dress side with bag-1-5 Alex white dress side with bag-1-9 Alex white dress side with bag-1-3

Outfit 1 – airtex boxy top, denim dungaree dress, grey jersey bomber jacket.

Outfit 2 – white airtex dress, navy paper silk duster coat.

Outfit 3 – orange paper silk boxy top with envelope window, layered paper silk skirt.

Outfit 4 – airtex dress, organdy pocket dress.

Photography by Ben Renshaw
Model: Alex Lyons
All images copyright Ruth Eaton

Pop Art and Gin

So, is there a better combination!?

Pop Art Design is the current exhibition at the Barbican, from Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany (which looks worth a visit, just for the architecture).

A great mix of art and design, including all sorts of iconic objects – from the poster dress to the The Studio 65 Bocca Lip Sofa, from 1972:

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It’s not my favourite era for design but was still a fascinating collection to browse. More than anything, it highlights the items that were absolutely cutting edge design at the time and how much things have changed!

This exhibition is cheerful and nostalgic, you’ll definitely come out smiling!

What might also make you smile is the new Gin Joint, also at the Barbican.  As its name suggests, a place where you can buy Gin, lots of it, in many different forms.

We indulged in a little gin cocktail each;

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A Bramble and a Peppercorn, delicious.