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an i hate my life moment

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As you probably know from the title I’m gong to tell you about an I hate my life moment. I think I was being modest when I typed ‘moment’, because it’s more like moments.


What happened? I went to Tessuti to buy my fabric for my collection and IT WASN’T THERE!!! WAHHHHH :((((((((((((((((

It was meant to be just like the one in the photo (which is the one I had to buy) except instead of the beige-y/creamy colour, it was black.

I am so mad at myself for not going to buy it earlier. But it’s too late. It’s gone. I just didn’t think anyone would buy it all. I just needed three metres to make my menswear jacket. The problem is that the outfits I had planned and the colours i had planned will not match with these colours. I had already bought the jersey knit fabric for the tunic that’s meant to go under this jacket and it’s like a taupe colour, and was meant to have black leggings with it. Those items in those colours will look like crap with this colour for the jacket. The black would have worked perfectly.


Now I have 4 metres of black jersey that I might have no purpose for. I thought of choosing other fabrics for my collection, but it’s too late, there is no time for that. I am so worried that it’s all going to look like crap. I am so worried that I just thought maybe I should just drop out. But I can’t do that. I have already invested so much time and money in this. I have sacrificed so much to be doing what I am doing and to be where I am. The pressure is totally killing me right now. And it is all because I didn’t go and buy my fabric when I should have.


Moral of the story guys, don’t wait until the last minute to buy your fabric.

Lesson learned too late by me. Wish me luck.






raincoats range

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Imagine stress levels scaled from one to ten. One being no stress, and ten being super stressed. I think i’m at twenty-five. Haha. I’m not panicked or freaking out. I just have this running list of things I need to do going in my head. My main problem is that I am running out of time, I don’t have any days off and I basically have one thing due everyday.

At the moment I am working on a group project which is due on Tuesday. The project is to make a business plan on a hypothetical business. We need to also write a report and present our business plan to a panel. Our business is a company that sells cool raincoats, we called it Solstice Co. The image above is the range board I am making right now. When it’s done I will print it on A3 paper and put it onto foam board, which will be standing alongside some other boards and will be on display at our presentation.

One more week and then holidays.



Mood Board

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I mentioned mood boards in my last post, so here’s the mood board for my collection. This is version 8 out of maybe 12. It’s still not 100% complete. I still need to think of a name for the collection, so that will need to go on the board along with the season. So, like, AW 15.

What’s on my mood board? What is a mood board? Why are those images on my mood board? I’m a mind reader, aren’t I.

Mood board aka Inspiration board. Basically I have a brief that’s given to me by my lecturer, this one was something like, create a uniform for a bar in Melbourne, create a minimum of two pieces. You must reference an historical precedent, include surface disruption and something else but i’m not sure what it was.  So then I do research using the brief as a guide. I looked at a million things. I started with researching William Shakesepeare and the 15th and 16th century, and then after some fun bar hopping I chose Bar Americano as my client. This research led me to the idea of deception. Why deception? Long story, but quickly, there has been speculation that the portraits of William Shakespeare are not of him and are in fact of an imposter. Also I looked at a phrase Shakespeare coined; “All that glitters isn’t gold”. Things aren’t as they seem, equals, deception. And then Bar Americano, the idea of the bar comes from the 1920’s when there was alcohol prohibition in America and all the bartenders moved to Paris from New York and were making American cocktails using European ingredients, deception! So that’s just very brief.

And then in terms of surface disruption I looked at things such as, applique, embroidery, pleating, and then started playing with ripping, shredding, grating fabric, basically distressing the fabric like they do with denim jeans.

So to explain my mood board the image is of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. He was born in the same year as Shakespeare, I think he could’ve attended Shakespeare’s plays, or Shakespeare could have even written about him, I just liked his clothing better than Shakespeare’s so I drew inspiration from him. A lot of my designs have been influenced by the fashion of that particular time. The black/navy/white, swirly image is a photo of my denim ripping experiment. And the dark part on the left is a photo I took of the wall outside Bar Americano.

So that’s my mood board. Let me know what you think and also if you can suggest a name for my collections so I can have a starting point. One more week and then holidays and normal sleeping patterns can resume, and I get to see my friends again.



Technical Sketches

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As well as developing our hand drawing skills, we, fashion students, also need to be pretty savvy with using Illustrator a.k.a. CAD; Computer Aided Design. When I started my course last year I had never used Illustrator and had no idea how to even draw a line with it. It is really interesting to me to see how far I’ve come with it, and it is really amazing, all the different things you can do with Illustrator.

The image above is something I was working on as part of a group class project. We had to work as a team to complete a skirt catalogue. We each had a few images of skirts and had to re-create them as technical sketches with front and back views. So these are the ones that I did. I’m quite pleased with them.

In my degree we use Illustrator a lot. Our end of semester collections are accompanied by three boards; A mood board (usually created on Photoshop and Illustrator), A range board ( usually a combination of hand sketches, scanned images into illustrator, possibly Photoshop for backgrounds) and a Technical Board ( definitely using illustrator). The Technical Board is usually very detailed and includes all important information, such as front and back views. Seams, stitching, pockets, zips, basically every detail that is on the garment needs to be illustrated on this board. I feel like I’m missing a board, but maybe not.

I have been using Illustrator only while at Uni, but I just purchased it the other day, so hopefully I can start using it more to create different types of illustrations.



collar me pretty

First day back at uni and we looked at Flat Collars. Like the Peter Pan collar.

A flat collar is flat, it has no stand and lies flat on the garment. We made a pattern for one and tested it onto the mannequin. Below is a photo of my first attempt. For homework I need to design another flat collar, which I will end up actually making in fabric.

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I also researched flat collars and other collars, and found some really cool ones and also a wordpress blog dedicated to collars and neck lines, it is actually pretty cool.

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Here’s the link to the blog: HERE

end of year party














one: celebratory glass of champagne

two: the rack holding our final collection dresses

three: lovely girls waiting for the awards presentation to begin

four: max and her friend looking through the great book she received for being awarded the class ambassador.

five: people looking through the gallery of folios

six: me and my uni friends and some of our teachers.


eek! one year down and two more to go until I graduate. Time sure flies when you’re having fun, or in the case, working super hard.