Spring/Summer Favourite Trends and Inspiration: Bustiers!

One of my absolute favourite trends that has been popping up lately is bustiers. It reminds me of pin up beauties and glamourous theatre costumes. It is also very reminiscent of evening wear. They’re fun to style as they can be dressed up for an evening out or paired with a blazer and Marilyn-esque pants for day wear.

It is such a cute look that is extremely versatile and able to change with your mood. With the right accessories it can be played with in so many different ways.

It can be done under lace:

You can do floral for a flirty, more casual look:

My favourite look, though, is the one brought to us by D&G; the amazing and gorgeous jewel-encrusted bustiers!

Gorgeous or what!?

SO there you have it. One of my favourite trends for this summer. You can find some of these lovely tops at places like topshop.com, forever21, urbanog.com and specialty stores on etsy sell them as well! How will you style your bustier?

 

Learning Curve: Pastel Dreams S/S 2012

So today marked the last day of my first year in fashion school!! Only two more to go. I thought as a good reflection, I’d do a post about my biggest headache this term as it took up most of my time and despite some mistakes, I’m quite proud of what I accomplished in just one semester. If you’re interested in taking fashion design in college, I promise you; IT IS NOT A WALK IN THE PARK. I think a lot of people make that mistake…but I’ll post about that another time.

Our biggest project this semester consisted of getting into groups of four or five people and creating a collection for the S/S 2012 season for a retail store of our choosing. The store had to be a little more expensive (eg. Zara, BCBG, Club Monaco, etc.), compared to last semester we did stores that were quite cheap (eg. Forever 21, H&M, Ricki’s, etc.). My group chose Zara and we settled on the pastels colour palette as it’s quite a hit for this season. We found that Zara really seems to enjoy florals and very classic trends. So naturally, we followed suit.

This was our colour story. Our macro trend we chose was “cinematic” and it was inspired by old movies from the fifties and sixties.

After choosing which direction we were going into, Zara became a big inspiration for our designs. We chose to do a collection that was more streamline. Come time to choose a fabric, we were extremely inspired by a floral print that we found in the fabric district of Toronto. We also chose a pink micro fibre, a mint microfibre, a green/blue poly/cotton and a beige khaki.

The blue floral we had to drop after the loss of a group member but this is pretty much what the fabric story looked like! So from here we had to design based on our inspirations and edit and then drape our chosen fabrics and edit and then change and edit some more!

Here is what the final collection drawing looked like:

And finally after about three weeks of hard labour, we finally finished sewing these garments (after many pattern making woes). Here are the final pieces in the form of photo shoot!

This design is my personal project. The floral really inspired me and it so reminded me of spring and Zara. It has a cute little underskirt in the green/blue polycotton and the shirt is a microfibre. If I could do anything differently, I might not have done a hidden button placket as it was not completely necessary. However, the final look was exactly what I wanted it to be so I was very proud!

Here is the second design complete with pants and floral blouse. Doesn’t it just remind you of spring?

And finally, the jumpsuit! I love the peter pan collar! All of these designs were done by each member of the group. I’m so proud of us and what we accomplished in the end!

Here is the final collection all together!

All in all this semester has been an amazing learning experience! I hope this has been an interesting post for any aspiring fashion designers to see what goes on in the world of design school! I can not wait for next year!

A Dress For A Wedding: Preliminary Sketches and Inspiration

So it’s that time of year again. As the flowers bloom, so do romances! This means that MANY (and I mean MANY) people are either getting together or getting engaged. Something in the air I guess! For me, it means a friend that is very near and dear to me is getting married very soon. As school is finally coming to a close, I decided I would have time to actually make myself a dress (rather than go through the hassle of actually finding something that I like and that fits…).

Recently, I signed up for a course online that actually teaches you (through video) how to make a special bombshell dress that can actually be changed for what ever occasion you desire. I had been wanting to check out this course as I had seen numerous 50% off e-mails from the Craftsy community about it. I am absolutely in LOVE with the bodice of this dress. Its perfectly form fitting and has a sweetheart neckline which I think is so flattering on many body types. The skirt is so customizable. You can basically use any skirt you like for your body type or for a different occasion. The dress is actually based on a burdastyle pattern that can be bought and downloaded online here if you aren’t interested in taking the class. There is also a plus sized version here. Here’s what it looks like!

Cute, right?! If you’d like to learn more about this course click here. Craftsy is a fantastic community for sewers and crafters alike! There is absolutely so much to learn and they are planning on adding more which I find so exciting. You can never have too many opportunities to learn!

Now on to the dress!

I absolutely LOVE bustier dresses. Seeing dresses like these really gets me excited…

My favourite place to find dresses like this is Modcloth. Their dresses are so inspiring! I’m not learning about evening wear until my last year of school but I just love it so much, I can’t help wanting to learn more before I start!

The fabrics I have chosen for this project are left over from a school project (will post on a later date!) which were actually inspired by Zara. The fabric for the top is a poly/cotton blend that has a tiny bit of stretch in it. I actually didn’t even notice it has stretch until I took it home. For the skirt I’m hoping to do a base skirt in self fabric and then an over skirt in a sheer floral (that I am absolutely in LOVE with). Here are some of my prelim sketches to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

And here is my colour palette inspired by the pastels of spring!

I just can’t wait to be finished school and get started! I hope you found this inspiring as well as motivational for your own personal projects!

Next step: The Muslin Fitting! What are you planning on making this summer?

Spring/Summer Favourite Trends and Inspiration: Floral

Here in Northern America, we experience the warming of air that one might like to call spring around this time of year. In Canada, we have experienced the weirdest weather possible for a winter in this area. Christmas was completely green! When we did get snow, it melted almost immediately (for the most part). With warmer weather comes fresh new clothing! This excites me because the new collections and trends express a new beginning. One of my favourites of the many trends is floral. Floral is just SO great because prints are REALLY big right now and how better to express the new season than with GORGEOUS florals?!  So let’s begin the eye candy. Am I right?

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The great thing about this dress is the colours of the fabric. Gorgeous, right? I am a big fan of pinks, purples and yellows together.

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Floral pants?! Who knew? They’re super cute and bring an awesome touch to an outfit. I am also in love with that gorgeous envelope clutch…do I smell a DIY? Hmm…

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Bright punches of colour are so much fun.

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Last but not least…my new favourite designer (and collection), Ulyana Sergeenko, S/S 2012. She keeps classic silhouettes and pairs them with gorgeous floral and sheer fabrics. The clothes are fantastic!

What would you make out of floral?

A Prologue

And so I begin a fresh. It has been a desire of mine to finally begin a blog on the things I love so much, however, life has gotten in the way. I plan to begin with many inspiration topics before I dive right into the sewing and the techniques used. I just love collaborating with other sewers on the web! So stay tuned! There is much more to come. 🙂

If you are just too impatient to wait for my next post, here are some other places you can find me!

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