Winter has arrived & Christmas is coming! get out your woolly hats, soft scarves and cosy hats for the winter! Even though its cold, and we have to say goodbye to the pretty floral prints of summer i do enjoy the winterwear months of the year because of the oversized coats, and chunky knitwear paired up with the classic boot.

‘Wool Rules’ Vogue Trend A/W2012-13

I love the idea of using ‘winter’ as a theme/focus or inspiration espescially with fashion photography, such as using the cold creams and whites colour palette against the soft and exaggerated fur coats, knitwear. Below are some of my favourite ‘winter touched’ photography:

FQ magazine by Geoff Barrenger


Below are some of my own images i’ve decided to include, from my A level Art work. I created a bodice from Felting fabrics with a barbed needle machine and created a very textured art piece. I used the snowy weather as a photoshoot background idea to show off the bodice colour and practise/experiment with fashion photography! Wanted to include these images as i feel they work well and show photographic and stying skills as well as design. Even though winter wasn’t an focus for this project its good to refer back to at a later date perhaps!

Favourite Christmas jumpers out on the highstreet at the moment! Topshop, Miss Selfridge & River Island!



All Shirts – Topshop
So the time has come for us to create our shirts on our own! Can’t believe how quickly this pattern cutting term has gone but have really enjoyed learning the basics! So far i have created my pattern pieces for the shirt ready to cut out onto fabric. Changing the dart was the most difficult and time consuming because of getting use to the idea of a contour dart but made it in the end! I’ve done a bit of research and found some shirts i like from the popular highstreet store Topshop.

Sleeveless Stripe Shirt £32 – Above i like the bold red and white stripes making the top really stand out and the sleevless style.

Orchid Pyjama Style Shirt £40 – This is a unusual style of shirt ‘pyjama’ style, with the extended curve collar and long sleeves.

Premium Piped Geo Shirt £45 – Simular shape to a peter pan collar with the curved shape but situated on a shirt.

Embellished Scatter Bead £40 – This is more of a ‘blouse’ style as it doesn’t have buttons or seam at front/back. The unusual use of beaded embellishment on the contrasts well with the thin fabric.

Long Sleeve Collar Tip Shirt £36 – Long sleeved chiffon shirt, with two pockets! i like the added decorative touch to the collar corners. Not overly detailed but makes the shirt more interesting.

Porcelain Scarf Print Shirt £38.00 – This shirt has a querky touch witht the two tones of fabric. The Bold black collar stands out against the floral pattern. I like the way the cuffs have been done in the same fabric, and matching the buttons to balance the overall look.

Floral Pintuck Collar Blouse £35 – This is a very feminine blouse/shirt due to the floral patterned fabric and colour scheme. I like the different collar shape though, more square in shape rather than the popular pointed or curved look. The decorative tucks add another unique feature to the garment instead of the typical fastening – buttons.


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I have now finished my first uni project – the melting pot! images above are my final illustration board & moodboard handed in with my sketchbook & fabric swatch book. I’m pleased with the final outcome and ‘look’ as i think it brings all my experimental and investigative work together from my sketchbook into one strong idea that links to the the orginal culture and theme i developed – the Aztec handcrafted element.


Love the expressive texture of the feather like head-dress!

One of my favourite illustrators is David Downton – I’m inpsired by his expressive yet realistic style of fashion illustrations. I love the bold lines that outline the facial features and outfit choices. He has a very distinctive style that represents him as a illustrator in the industry and being well known in Vogue and other brands such as having Chanel, M&S, Harrods, Tiffany Co and many more for clients!

‘the effort is making it look effortless’

Two really interesting clips of Downton – and how he goes about his illustrations!


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Here are a few images from my fabric swatch book! I have gathered a collection of fabrics from different shops from London as well as Bournemouth, Paris and ‘found’ fabrics i’ve collected over the years!
I’ve tried to pick fabrics to relate to my ‘handcrafted’ project as well as fabrics i like to identify my own style as a designer. My favourite swatches and stand out the most are the one-off ‘luxurious’ samples for example the shredded, layered fabric, and scattered sequined netting. These were both from London Broadwick Silks – so the expensive end of the market!. I like the textures they have as well as the neutral colour scheme evokes an expensive touch.