Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Just When I thought I'd Finished

All my technical notes are filed, all my research is collated, my journal is written up, my sketchbook is finished and having finally got all five of my designs drawn up and presented on boards with my samples I thought I was finished and ready for degree moderation day on Saturday. But no... I couldn't leave it alone.

It is not a requirement that any of the designs are made up into actual garments, but I kept wondering what if...

And this is the result...

It has been no mean feat stitching cotton jersey without an overlocker and I wasn't sure it would ever get finished.
In true window dressing fashion I've got the back held together with a peg as it is too big for me, so I'll probably never wear it but I'm pleased I've made it as it is one thing to have a design on paper but quite another to actually see it made up. I think it would work in the hands of a more experienced dressmaker (who measures rather than guesses sizes) with an overlocker!

I'm pleased with the detail though...

especially the buttons

and the cuffs.

The question now is... was this a purely an academic exercise to satisfy my own curiosity or am I brave enough to take it along to moderation day? I'll probably change my mind ten times between now and Saturday!

41 comments:

  1. wow - take it along, it's great. I think it's amazing when an idea becomes a reality like this, very satisfying.

    Amelia.x

    ps. good luck!

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  2. Love the fashion sketch!

    My fave bit is the cuff with the buttons. I think it shows a lot of initiative to actually make up the garment. I know you'll make the right decision when the time comes.

    Celia
    x

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  3. Oooh yes, take it along - proof that it works! Love the details especially using the jersey. I think it looks better on the model than the hanger!!!

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  4. It's amazing, I love it, wear it (make some fancy pegs?), take it along just to show, it's wonderful!
    xxx

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  5. You must take it, even if you bottle out at the last minute! But you should show it, maybe find someone it will fit to model it? Denise

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  6. It's fabulous Gina - especially the sleeves/cuffs! Could you find a way of wearing it on Saturday (without having huge pegs sticking out of your back??)

    Lucy x

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  7. Please take it along, if you dont you will never know ....but you can see how you feel when you get there if its to come out for show ,it is lovely I really like all the detail ,proves it works in the flesh ...love Jan xx

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  8. Be brave, take it along, especially after all that work to make it! I too love the details on the cuffs.
    PS Good luck!!

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  9. WOW! The detail is amazing Gina and it looks great too. Definitely take it or wear it either way it is a winner.

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  10. I love the colours and the print on the fabric and all the little details. Good luck. Mx

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  11. Take it, take it! It's fabulous. I love the button-y cuff.

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  12. Gina - I think it is fantastic and you should definitely make one the right size for you and get wearing it. I am surprised you haven't got some fashion houses knocking on your door for the design. I think it would be a big seller!!! Well done!

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  13. definitely take it - it looks fab and i love the cuffs!

    x

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  14. Take it along - it's wonderful! There is so much about it that's exciting.

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  15. Oh Gina, it's simply beautiful. Let me know when you're going into production because I NEED ONE!!!

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  16. You should wear it, on the moderation day, to show off your design. Good luck! You deserve to pass with flying colours.

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  17. It's fabulous! I'd show it to everyone!

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  18. Take it, take it!! It's great and I just love the button decorated cuff.

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  19. Take it. Take it. Take it.
    It just goes to show how your designs are more than just great designs, they make up into really fab garments.

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  20. Wow Gina -- it's amazing! Surely you could alter it to fit? And I agree with the group -- you must take it to class!

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  21. I'm glad to see someone else working till the very last minute. Don't you find that all the thinking and exercises come to a huge rush right at the end, and there is just so much in you that needs to come out. I think that you should indeed take your worked up design.

    I had to have my work shipped - to be in the office TODAY. Didn't make that deadline - but tried to.

    Thanks for sharing your JC work Gina, it's great.

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  22. Just casually wear it. And keep facing forward so the pegs are hidden!

    Top stuff - those button cuffs are divine.

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  23. Oh do take it along! Your made up piece looks divine and will bring the whole moderation experience to life. That buttoned cuff is just so pretty. Good luck! x

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  24. Wow Gina that is superb you must take it along and good luck for Saturday. I loved the buttoned cuffs they were gorgeous.

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  25. It's fantastic, you HAVE to show it!

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  26. Just a thimbleful.....


    Brilliant Gina, brilliant. I came to fancy textiles via dressmaking and there is nothing like the joy of wearing something unique! By the way, I have an overlocker if you ever want to use one again....

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  27. It's utterly gorgeous Gina ... I hope you do decide to take it along. Good luck! x

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  28. Yes you are brave enough to take it along on moderation day, it's beautiful.

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  29. It would be great if you could wear it, but if not then you must certainly take it along just to show how committed you are to your design work.
    Great stuff. :)

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  30. I have questions: creating clothes in stretchy jersey sans overlocker and (not) made to measure - what's going on there then? Will you be going off the peg (I have some shaped like blackbirds if you require quirky and wish to remain on said peg)? And are you taking orders as I can relate to clothes that are too big these days as it would go nicely with my desigual skirt?
    Good stuff, girl, love it!!

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  31. Got to take it! It's such an eye-catcher and full of fun and quirky details.

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  32. Brilliant!! It's wonderful to see your vision taken through all the required processes to the end result.

    Do take it!

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  33. Just popping in for a catch up Gina and wanted to say well done for finishing all that work. Brilliant! x

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  34. Stunning! My favourite detail is the cuff with the buttons.

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  35. It's fantastic! No question whether you take it along or not. It can only get you "extra marks". Well done!

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  36. what an absolutely beautiful design, and the proof that it works is that you actually made it! Gorgeous job.

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  37. Oh! I HAVE looked at this several times -you know the little mischievious cheeky reasons why I haven't commented.

    Gina it's stunning - I rather thought you couldn't resist. As many of the previous commenters have said I think the little buttons and the cuffs are wonderful touches.

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  38. it's wonderful Gina and yes you should take it along x

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  39. Love love love this! Glad to read you took it along. You are one talented woman!

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