Monday, 29 August 2016

Self Drafted Peacock Skirt .....

I finished this skirt back in June. It was a custom make for my mother, she'd fallen in love with the fabric, and luckily because the first lot of peacock fabric I'd bought for another project wasn't enough, it meant ordering more and so there was enough left over for a skirt....



The fabric is peacock brocade ordered on eBay from Hong Kong in a teal colour.
I used left over gold lining material - yay for stash busting and using up left overs. 
Pencil style skirt which sits just below the knee, center back invisible zip and vent.
I prefer to use a facing in a straight style skirt, I feel it helps the skirt to look more structured and lie smoother when its being worn.

I drafted the pattern to personal measurements using Winifred Aldrich's metric pattern cutting for women's wear, book. 
The fabric is peacock brocade ordered on eBay from Hong Kong in a teal colour. 


Monday, 27 June 2016

Sewing Fashion Trends - Cullotes

Culottes are perfect for the British summer with the  unpredictable nature of our weather and our temperatures, they provide a good basis for when you don't know what to wear and provide enough cover for that unexpected rain shower.

The only option is to figure out what style and what fabric to whip them up in......

Ready To Wear Inspiration:......

Tibi £490 

Adam Lippes £1,165

Micheal Kors £120 

 Sewing pattern inspiration.....

Burda pleated culottes 04/2016 #106B 

Inspiration images from

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Fashion Revolution: Who made my clothes/ I made my clothes

I hadn't heard about fashion revolution until April when I was asked to take part in fashion revolution week.
In a nutshell, it's about transparency within the fashion industry and asking companies and brands "Who made my clothes?".
 The reality of it is that very few brands really know who is making their clothes and the real people behind the manufacture process. Fashion revolution wants to change this and are encouraging everyone to turn their clothes inside out to show the garments label, take a photograph and then uploading it to Instagram and other social media sites, tagging the brand and asking them "who made my clothes?".

Asking H&M #whomademyclothes? for fashion revolution week

Marks and Spencer recently became transparent and amother company called Honest By also show where there clothes are made and breaks down the entire cost of each item - this company really is worth checking out- talk about eye opening!
But wait....
              ...... it isn't just about asking "who made my clothes?". It's also a chance for us who sew to say " I made my clothes" and for those who sew for others and their own bushiness to exclaim "I made your clothes"!!

Wearing my Me-made clothes stating #imademyclothes

The two images up above are what I posted on Instagram, The first was me showing my H&M top turn inside out and holding a sign asking "who made my clothes"? (this can be downloaded from the website- you have to keep scrolling down to find the link.) The other is myself wearing my me-made clothes proclaiming "I made my clothes". Don't forget you can tag this whenever your posting your own creations to Instagram/twitter/Facebook too.

Note worthy info:

-For more information check out the website: 
-Fashion revolution Instagram page:-   @fash_rev or search  #whomademyclothes
-The next fashion revultion week/date is:- 24th April 2017 (a long way off but don't let this stop you #whomademyclothes is still going strong )
-For fashion industry transparency and a complete breakdown of costs see Honest By
- and check out the M&S Interactive map of factory locations, how many workers and the male/female ratio.

Go on start a revolution!!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Second term in uni / Distortion dress

In a blink of an eye, my first year as a fashion design student is over. I'm feeling mixed emotions, in a good way. Relief that it's done, shock that it went so quickly and now a feeling of emptiness, or more like I'm not use to not having nothing to do. Such a different time and feeling to this time last year.

I've had a ball in my first year, I've loved it and exceeded myself with how well I have done. It's certainly cemented my love for fashion design even further.


My second term project in uni, was to design and make a dress on the theme of distortion, culminating in a 'innovative dress', Along with this, the module required illustration work, a short film of the design process, a digital portfolio, working portfolio, two sketchbooks, sample file, toile, pattern and specification drawing of dress. Along with the written modules that focus on fashion history (an illustrated essay- I did mine on fashion production in the Victorian period),  and an industry module 'contextualizing' myself, (talking about what I feel is important in the fashion industry, sustainability, ethics, authenticity and so on).


This is the result of my second term module: here I've shown pages from my digital portfolio, , mood-boards, toile development, finished garment and illustration of garment...


Diversity Project:
Along with distortion we did a 'live brief' about diversity in the fashion industry hosted by all walks beyond the catwalk and i-D magazine , where we had illustrate how we see diversity. This was a competition brief and I entered the below illustration. 

With this competition it was open world wide, and only three students from our year could be put forward, I un-expectantly was one of those students.   

More dress images....

This was my dress, using inspiration from ice and cut stonesto come up with this 3D design. The bodice is princess seamed with 3D triangles attached to the center with larger 3D triangles attached to the shoulders to create a spiked effect. 
The skirt is made using 3D squares that are sewing together in blocks and columns and attached to the bodice. It has a center back zip, and is fully lined with a bagged lining for the skirt so the inside of the squares are completely hidden. 
The 3D shapes were all made using the method outline in the pattern magic 3 book

Overall a crazy spiky design but one that I'm pleased with. 

Tuesday, 22 March 2016


I'm on Instagram - @sarah_fashionbrickroad

For the last few months I've struggled to keep this blog updated with the work load from university :( but I do find posting on Instagram a bit more manageable (only a bit) so if you fancy seeing a bit more frequently of what I'm up-to/sewing/designing and so on, give us a follow..... either click here  or click on the above image to be taken to my Instagram account or click the Instagram icon in side bar under social media.

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