Collections: Summer 2012, An Evolution

I’ve been terrible because I didn’t stick to my word and update often like I said I would. I do have a good reason, though. On June 9th, my best friends and I debuted our summer 2012 collections! The collections have been covered on a couple of blogs already like this one¬†and this one. Also there are two videos that document the entire show (plus one that has 3 outfits of the night featuring me, my photographer and my amazing friend Becca.)

The official Lavish Nightclub Video:

If that’s not enough, here’s two pictures of the designers with their creations. The first being Sebastian’s amazing collection (did I mention he also designed the performer, Cassandra Moore’s, outfit? Brilliant or what?):

Great summer brights! Photo by Whitney Heard

The second collection being the one I mentioned in my last post! Kali and I worked together on the colour scheme and design and each did our own three pieces. The girls on the right would be my design and the ones of the left would be hers!

Pastels and “kitchy” prints! ūüėČ Photo by Sylvia Zińôtek

With each look staggered rather than separated I think it looks a lot more congruent.

Photo by Sylvia Zińôtek

So instead of simply covering the event, I thought I’d spend some time on the “making of” side of things since that is exactly what I created this blog for! To start off, I’ll share a little bit of what went into the design for this collection. Kali and I decided that we wanted a collection that was fun and flirty with all the lovely colours that brought to mind spring/summer 2012. We chose pink and blue because, well, that’s our favourite! The colour scheme was a little something like this:

After we chose our colours the next thing to do was to find inspiration which we found in various photos. Here’s a look at our inspiration board!

After inspiration comes sketching, sketching and more sketching! This was my final sketch after all was said and done:

From here came colour options, here’s Kali’s final decision:

From this comes hours of pattern-making and problem solving on how to make the patterns so that the clothing fits just right. Sometimes, this can be a very tedious task. Once this has been accomplished to a point where the designer is confident enough to test the fit, the first fitting is cut from the pattern pieces on to muslin! Here’s a photo of what my first fitting looked like:

Once that is done for all the pieces and the fit has been evaluated and the proper changes have been made to the pattern pieces, it’s on to fashion fabric and beyond!

To start off I would like to first show the pieces that Kali made as they are beyond amazing. She is incredibly talented! And while I’m gushing, I’ll just say that you should seriously check out her blog.

Photo by Jason Oncz. Modelled by Anna Kroczek.

Photo by Jason Oncz. Modelled by Sherri Liska.

Photo by Sylvia Zińôtek. Modelled by¬†Marissa Elyse.

Each look moving towards the blue! For information on how you can purchase any of these looks post a comment on her blog!

For my half of the collection, I thought I’d share a little more detail in the process. You might notice there were a couple of changes made from the sketch I made. The biggest changes happened to the first outfit. It was made into a dress instead of two pieces because I felt it would work better for the design. It also fit well into the collection to have three dresses instead of two. For fabric I ended up choosing almost all 100% cotton except for the skirt on the blue outfit which was wool crepe (I think!).

All of this is from Fabricland.

From picking out fabric comes the best part (in my opinion!)- watching it all come together as you sew!

The final looks on the dress form:

From here comes the scariest and the most rewarding part…seeing it on the runway!

Photo by Jason Oncz. Modelled by Caitlin Smith

Photo by Sylvia Zińôtek. Modelled by Aleksandra Biesek.

Photo by Sylvia Zińôtek. Modelled by Faith Chakraburtty.

Hair and Make-Up by:

Sherri Liska

Mel Archambault

Brit Anderson

Sebastian Taborda Guarin

If you’re interested in any of the photos taken stop by:

Sydney McArthur Photography

Whitney Heard

Jason Oncz Photography

Sylvia¬†Zińôtek

To find out where to get your hands on any of my custom made designs, like the Kaydance Kloth Facebook Page to get updates on when my designs will be available to purchase on Etsy (you can also check out more pictures from the show!)! ‚̧

Thanks for watching, reading and loving!

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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?