Laine de la Mer: Wool of the Sea

After experimenting with faster/more effective/mroe accurate methods of pintucking and pleating, I decided to just do it all by hand. So what I am spending the next few days diong is pintucking all the fabric needed to fit the pattern pieces onto, and this will take up about 1m 10 if I sew the tucks down the selvedge.
It isn’t too bad 2nd time round.

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This is how I have rendered the illustration of my final swimsuit. I wanted to maintain the simplistic, abstract form but introduce subtle colour for a softer edge. It was a bit of a happy accident, playig around on Photoshop and Illustrator and experimenting with cut outs and ccolour intensity. But I like how it turned out.

I thought I would be able to sneaky sew at Fashion Week and then I got my timetable. No chance!

I may have lost my cool a bit. I’m not going to lie, I came into studio very hungover with prevailing issues.
I went home, planned out alternatives which included:
1)  recreating the linework through stitch lines – but I was aware that using straight stitch would affect the stretch of the wool
2) altering the panel sizes – although when experimenting this, I found that it affected the design proportions
3) using a twin needling technique

I did experiment the twin needle technique, which when altering the needle tension, created a ripply effect across the fabric. I thought it would be a nice contrast if I twin needled the vertical pleats against the horizontal pleats along the bust. Twin needling, however, affects the stretch and is more suited to a woven fabric.

I ended up acquiring an extra 30cm of wool to work with which solved everything.

I need a chill pill.

This doesn’t really have ANY relevance to my designs or concept at all…but….how cool was this song.
I once played a lobster on stage in primary school when we did The Little Mermaid as a stage production.
Too obsolete to play Ariel!

Post Easter break, which was consumed entirely of procrastination and generally avoiding work until the last minute…I have to start my patterning this week. I missed the last studio session to attend a forum with Stephen Jones…and since avoiding studio all week, I feel super guilty now!
Thank goodness I have my 5th edition of HJA’s Patternmaking for Fashion Design (if there was such thing as worshipping an object, it would be that book).


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  • Em: ahaha chelsea, I love this video, it's so emotional and good. I hope it's working out you silly solly.
  • Em: I have that book. Don't be fooled, its' not easy to follow! See you tomorrow fairyface