Monday, 8 February 2016

Milan: Armani/Silo museum (otherwise known as seventh heaven)...

A few weeks back I went to Milan as part of a university trip! I had a brilliant time and would highly recommended it especially if you love fashion, culture and food! Plus lake Como is only an hour or so away (unfortunately we didn't get to see George Clooney but the lake was beautiful!)

One of the highlights of the trip was the Armani/Silos Museum - if your in Milan, you must, must go and see this, I can't recommend it enough.


You want to see some pictures?....................... Oh go on then, ......











This museum was so much better than anticipated, surprisingly it wasn't on our itinerary and nor was it top of the things to do in our free time, but it was by far the most inspirational thing that I visited.
 The photo's really don't do it justice but I feel I have a better appreciation and admiration for Armani and I'm hoping it will be a contributing factor in my own work for uni from now on.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Monday, 18 January 2016

Sewing Fashion Trends: Parka Coats

I love a good parka, especially one with fur around the hood. (although the ones I feature here haven't got any but adding fur trim is always an option). I once got accused of being like that little boy out of east is east who refuses to take his parka off, then again I'm like that with any coat during the winter months, I guess I'm cold blooded! Aside from that lets look at some RTW inspiration and it's possible sewing counter part;

Inspiration......
Alexander McQueen parka


Sewing Pattern .....

Burda Parka Front


Burda parka 09/2012 #129


The shaping on the Alexander Mcqueen parka is really lovely along with the fitted waist.Although the pattern for burda version isn't to dissimilar in some ways and the angled pockets adds a more contemporary element. I think it could be made more suitable for colder winters if a lightly quilted fabric was used or you could attempt to quilt your own (I would probably opt for the pre quilted to cut down on time). 


Inspiration....

Canada goose Parka





Sewing Pattern .....



Sewaholic's Minoru coat.


How similar are both of theses coats. Perhaps more of traditional style of  parka coat, but I love how the Minoru by sewaholic has a hood that can also be tucked away. Whilst it doesn't have exterior pockets there is an interior one, and exterior ones would be too hard to apply although I would first pin them on to make sure they are the right size and in the right place. (This pattern is very much on my list, I think I would love to make it in a quirky colour something like a mustard, or a chartreuse green).


Inspiration & Sewing Pattern in one
Halava Parka by Named patterns.


I adore this pattern such a contemporary/formal spin on a parka, perfect if a parka is too casual or just as a night out coat. The down side is that it doesn't have a hood, but fur trim around the neck would give off a luxury effect. J'adore!!! Halava Parker.

 Inspiration images from Net-A-Porter.com 

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Inspiration Wednesday.....

To get your 2016 off to a creative start here's a few images to (hopefully) get your creative juices flowing.....







As always images are from pinterest and to seen more like this view my board here.

Friday, 1 January 2016

2016 & Uni Update.....

What a difference a year makes. This time last year I had just applied to go to uni and was anxiously waiting to hear back. Now I'm up to my eyeballs in course-work, getting ready for my first hand-in a week today!!!

On reflection from this time last year, I feel much more contented in myself, despite a few hesitant thoughts leading up to uni, I'm thoroughly enjoying it and feel I've made the right decision, whatever the future might hold.
2015 turned out to be a good year for me, so here's to 2016 and more of the same, with perhaps a bit more healthy eating, exercising and cocktails thrown in for good measure!!

A quick look at what I've been doing uni- wise. My first make is a denim top, I feel a bit disappointed with the design (although it's not fully made ) I feel I could have pushed myself to h create a more elaborate design, although we aren't being marked on design for this project but construction so there's hope yet.

Drawing wise I feel I'm improving and I've released that putting in that bit extra effort even when I think it looks ok does go a long way further......

final illustration in progress

Toile done in calico with stitching detail applied. 

collage using fabric.

muse done using pro-markers.

Have a great 2016 and  Happy New Year!!! 
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