Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Without the rain, there is no rainbow

Rainbow dresses: complete
Flower power dress: complete
White screen: complete

Finished :)

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Ship, ship ahoy, said me and the boys..

..sailing the Irish sea..

My brother demanded help with a sailor's jacket for a costume this weekend. After rooting around some charity shops he presented me with a pair of women's size 14 white yoga pants, an expensive looking Ciro Citterio, wool, navy blazer and a bag of gold buttons.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Texture me happy

The kids are putting on The Lion King where I'm working this week, and after commenting on one of the lion's capes that a teacher was cutting out the other day, she handed me the left over fabric and said "I'm sure you can put this to better use than we can!". So I ended up with a nice little collection of textured trims and cut-offs..

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Style notes: fringing

Topshop boots

Primark bag

The waistcoat I made my little brother for his costume for the school play

Saturday, 20 June 2009


Update on the saloon girl outfits..
The satin for the rainbow dresses I've picked up is so slippery to sew! But it looks great for the style of the outfits and fits the girls' characters perfectly. The flower power number is coming along nicely too.

And is if I didn't have enough to be doing, I've now been commissioned to do even more jobs to include a sailor outfit, a fringed waistcoat and a white screen for projecting films onto..I should seriously start charging.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Back to school

Working in two different schools since I got back from uni has made me think about uniforms, stereotypes and detention all over again. I'd forgotten how awesome regulation socks were at school too, you know the ankle style with lace trim round the edge that rolls down over your ankles to a cut just above those hideous white sandals everyone seems to opt for in the summer months...

Street style by Craig Arend for Style

Karl Lagerfeld S/S09

BHS socks, Primark shoes

Gossip Girl!

Belle's of St Trinians (courtesy of the Guardian)

Updated St Trinian's, typical stereotypes (courtesy of Fanpop)

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

The calm before the storm

Commissioned to: Make 7 rainbow coloured 'saloon girl' dresses & 1 flowerpower number as costumes for a play taking place at the end of June.
Progress: Pattern made up, fabrics & components sorted, machine threaded...

Sunday, 14 June 2009


You know you have too many clothes when you have to FORCE the hangers to the back to shove more in!

Friday, 12 June 2009


I found these whilst unpacking some of my stuff from uni. It's that Balenciaga picture again.

It's from one of my inspiration scrap books. It needs some serious updating though, this is from ages ago, I made it just before the Versace lecture in October 2007 for my portfolio!

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Primary Image


Friday, 5 June 2009

Locked inside your heart shaped box

Graduate Fashion Student's piece for River Island's GFW collection. Photo taken by the boyf.

Union jack heart clutch from Topshop.

Clutch from
Dorothy Perkins.

Faith's clutch for Valentine's Day 2009 as seen on
The Bag Lady.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Summer starts here

Year one = more work to hand in for a few months!

box pleated skirt (+ my take on a photo printed top)

wearing men's trousers with a dress?

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Hammer Time?

Having read a wide range of reviews about S/S 09 trends the last few months, I couldn't help but notice the slating of Harem pants. It's so easy to look ridiculous in them that everyone's scared of trying them out. But I'm sick of reading reviews that suggest they shouldn't be allowed/tried/tested out, and that they make every person under the sun look like MC Hammer. So I've found a few snaps of people that have really made them work (that are not necessarily 5'11 catwalk models as well)! Inspiring? I think so.

This image is courtesy of Hanh from her Life In Travel blog. She is wearing Forever 21 harem pants with cropped Comme Des Garçons cardigan, and looks amazing! You can read all about her travel adventures and check out her amazing wardrobe here.

Image courtesy of the Daily Express, Harem pants from Mango.

Also check out The Style Scout's blog and check back to 15th May for an amazing take on Harem pants on the high street. 

And here's a catwalk version I absolutely love:

Image from doo.ri's S/S 09 collection.

Worn with the right things (mainly a huge pair of heels, cropped jacket and a single statement piece of jewellery) they can look oh-so S/S 09. 

Worn with the wrong thing...
 you can end up looking like J.Lo...
Oh dear.

Monday, 1 June 2009


I can't wait for Graduate Fashion Week! I picked up my free pass from uni today and checked out the website and some of the collection pieces for River Island.

Image courtesy of River Island's GFW Blog

I absolutely love the oversized Union Jack tshirt and the UJ leggings! I can't wait for next week to see the actual collections from the different universities.
Check out the official Graduate Fashion Website here.