Saturday, 28 January 2012

Moustache Nails!

Sorry it's been a while without any posts other than college, I've been really busy lately tyring to get all of my work done for our deadline but now that thats over I can relax for a couple of days so I decided to paint my nails.

I first saw these on a youtube thumblenail and thought they were pretty cool so I finally decided to try them out for my self.

I only took pictures of my left hand as my right hand looks kind of naff. 
I did these using a Rio nail art pen and it was very tricky to paint my right hand! 

Thanks for reading, I hope you liked this post.
What do you think of my nails??

Jenny xxx

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Shirt patterns

For my latest project in college I am making a shirt, the shirt includes a yoke, cuffs, a collar and bishop sleeves. Heres how I drafted the patterns:

First I began by drawing around shirt blocks, the block include the front shirt piece, back shirt piece, the sleeve and the cuff. The picture above is my first draft which wont be cut into or adapted.  

Next I traced over the yoke on its own first then the back shirt piece without the yoke and then the front shirt piece and then the cuff I also added a 1.5cm seam allowance to all of these.

I then traced over the sleeve and devided it into six sections and I drew a line from the top to the bottom of the pattern.

After this I cut the pattern piece out and I slashed and spread the sleeve, the middle pieces I spread by 8 cm. I then spread the other two pieces on the right by 8cm and 4cm on the other side. After this I traced over the adapted pattern. To create the bishop sleeve we didnt cut any of the length off, as normally to create a sleeve you cut some of the length on the bottom to leave space for the cuff.
This is what the bishop sleeve will look like when finished.

After this I created a pocket pattern by placing my hand on the paper and marking off the corners of my hand and then I matched the lined, I also used dashed lined to mark the curve.

Finally I made the collar and the collar stand, to do this I measured the neckline on my first draft to see how long the collar will be, I then decided on a depth for my collar stand which was 4cm. I also lifted the top right point higher up for the front of the collar and for the collar stand i lifted the bottom line at the front by 0.5cm and curved it to match the top line of the collar stand.

I then devided the collar into four equal sections and traced around the collar and the collar stand, I slashed and overlapped the collar stand by 0.5cm, then I slashed and spread the collar by 0.5cm so that it will fit over the neck. The last step was to trace over these and add a 1.5cm seam allowance.
Thanks for reading,I hope this post was usefull.

Jenny xxx

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

'Val Destroy No.1'

For the final task in my latest brief in college I had to recreate the painting below to look as close as possible.
The painting below is called Val Destroy No.1 by Jo Brocklehurst and would have origionally been painted in a dark club in the 80's.
The origional model in this picture was called Val and the hair and make up was very extreem and the hair was very difficult to recreate, fortunately my model had recently died her hair blue but we had to use alot of hairstpray to make it stand up so much.

The image above shows the jumper that I painted onto for the picture, I used a stencil and sprayed over it for the Swastika. I also had to cut off the neckline so that the jumper was off the shoulder. I tried to make this as close to the painting as I could but some of the details were hard to make out.

Here is the final image that was also edited by the photographer, I think that we recreated the image as close as we could however if I could improve this I would have had the image taken at a slightly higher angle and maybe I would have painted the Swastika a bit smaller.

Overall I am happy with the final piece and I think that the photographer did a great job.
Heres the link to her website:

What do you think of this recreation??

Jenny xxx

Friday, 6 January 2012

The Black Maxi Skirt

For our second project in college we created a pattern and manufactured maxi skirts. To start this I used my skirt block and adapted it to create extra flare, invisible zip on one side and a waist band. This skirt was also cut on the bias which made it stretch and flute out at the hem.

The photo on the left are the adapted skirt pattern pieces I used to create flare. These were quite fiddly because they were long but they were easy to adapt. To create the flare I traced around my skirt block and divided it into three sections coming from the darts. I then slashed up the lines and closed the darts. This automatically spread out the pattern as seen in the picture. I then added an extra 2.5cm flare to the hem line at the side and joined that line to the hip. Below shows the final skirt pattern with a 1.5cm seam allowance and the waist band pattern which was very simple. To create the waist band I took a measurement from the waist of the skirt pattern and doubled this. I then added 4cm for the button stand and a seam allowance of 1.5cm all the way around. For the depth I decided on 4cm and doubled that hight wise so it was folded at the top. 

This shows the two back pieces sewed together
This shows topstitching

Unfortunately my fabric wasn't wide enough. To problem solve this I had to add a front seam and a back seam, so I had four pieces instead of two and I had to sew a topstitch on the front and back seam to finish the seam. Next time I will definately double check the width of my fabric.

Also because my fabric wasn't widenough the last pattern piece wouldnt fit on the fabric so I had to sew an extra triangular piece on to the bottom of the skirt pattern as shown in the image above. Once I had my whole front and back piece I inserted a concealed zip into the left side seam. I then closed up the right seam with a 1.5cm seam allowance.

The last step was to sew a button hole and button on to the waist band, I had some trouble with the machine but after a fiew practices it worked fine.

The last step was to hem which I found difficult due to the fabric slipping and being cut on the bias. I ironed up the hem 0.5cm, I then repeated this to conceal any overlocking/raw edges. I finished this by topstitching down. I learnt that its difficult to hem on a circular skirt compared to a straight skirt.  

This is the finished skirt in the photo on the left, I think that this skirt was alot easier and simple to make compared to the military skirt in the previous blog as there are no pleats. I also perfer this skirt to the previous one as it's a lot less structured and it drapes really nicely.

I really enjoyed making this skirt and I hope you like it, Thanks for reading.

Jenny xxx

The Military skirt

These are images of the finished skirt, I think that I did a pretty good job for my first project in college. I found the actual pattern cutting alot more difficult than actually making it, I think that this because pattern cutting is quite technical and you have to be very precise and I much perfer making and being on the sewing machines.

The most difficult part of this was sewing the facing to the zip as it didnt quite fit, and making all the seams match.

All in all i'm quite proud of this skirt and in the future I will deffinately work harder and concentrate more on my pattern cutting.

Thanks for reading, what do you thing of this skirt??

Jenny xxx

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

OOTD : The Red Maxi

Here's the DIY maxi skirt from a previous post, I thought that I would do an outfit of the day for a change. I kept this quite simple as close up theres alot of detail in the skirt, I paired it with a peter pan collar blouse (which seem to be pretty popular now) a midlength necklace and some black heels for height. I also wore some red lipstick for an extra pop of colour.

Thanks for reading! what do you think of the skirt??

Jenny xxx
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