Saturday, 25 July 2009

iPod Shuffle.

I've wanted an iPod Shuffle for a very long time now but didn't want to pay the retail price for it (if you've been reading my blog, you will realise that I rarely ever want to pay the retail price for anything!)... so, I then of course went and had a look on eBay! I finally won the bidding on one which was about £15/$24 short off the retail price, so it wasn't too bad. I received it pretty quickly and was so impressed at the packaging which was clean and minimal...in other words, super slick!It was so small and delicate, which was what I liked so much about it. My older brother and younger sister tried convincing me to spend a little more money on the normal sized iPods that had a screen, but I wanted something easy and compact... I'm glad I went with my own desires because it was perfect! Anyway, I always seem to have a tendency to personalise pretty much everything I own, and this was no exception. I have often mentioned MOO which are a London-based company that prints business cards, postcards and so many more exciting things for you! One of these exciting things are stickers which I had made with my own fashion illustration way back in August 08. Can you see where I'm going with this? I decided to use my own sticker to embellish my iPod Shuffle!
It wasn't as easy as just sticking it on as I had to cut around the shape of the control buttons, although the size of my MOO sticker was almost perfect for it. I love how it looks and it doesn't leave any residue behind if you decide to take it off. I will be giving a step-by-step tutorial for this at a later date.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Film Review: Waitress.

I have often mentioned that I am subscribed to LOVEFiLM, therefore I am constantly watching films and have about 10 reviews currently in draft format!
This entry is about an independent film called 'Waitress' which was made in 2007 and with Keri Russell as the leading lady. I've always thought that Keri Russell was a brilliant actress and this was further emphasized when I watched 'August Rush' back in October 08.
Keri Russell plays Jenna, who works in a pie diner and invents pies that reflect situations in her life. I find these parts of the film most exciting and it makes you want to start making pies! Her husband is abusive and controlling so she secretly saves money so she can travel to and enter a pie making contest that could win her lots of money and enable her to start a new life. So, she is devastated when she finds out that she is pregnant. However, she then meets Jim, who is her new physician and they begin an affair which is extremely humorous to watch because they are both very awkward characters, in awkward positions - he is also married.Her two best friends who work with her in the pie diner give her a journal to write about the baby... which I think is such a brilliant idea as it helped me to understand her thoughts and to connect with her situation. It instantly made me think of 'Twilight', where the book was so much better than the film because the book is written from Bella's point of view therefore you are reading her thoughts rather than her speech and there wasn't much speech in the film, therefore failing to show her character.
Anyway, back to the film! I honestly hadn't expected it to be so good... Keri Russell was a dream to watch and the ending was satisfying, which is quite rare for me. Check out the trailer here.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Dylon.

Dylon have always been the first brand I think of when it comes to fabric dyes. I often used them as a student doing Fashion Design at University and other projects. I even managed to find some that I had bought many years ago!...this leads me onto the main part of my entry. I recently got some new dyes and was shocked at how much the Dylon brand image has changed! They have gone from old fashioned to extremely slick! I don't know when exactly this happened because I still see the old-fashioned packaging on sale in craft stores, but I assume that they are just left overs... and think that they should be removed as it looks confusing on the shelf next to the new ones!
The website is even more of a surprise. It's so modern and user-friendly, even though I hate black backgrounds, but it works well here... I love looking at all the colours and the images and names used to describe each one. I have a few projects in mind for these dyes and will hope to execute them sometime soon with step-by-step photos!

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Customising my loopy cardigan.

A few months ago, I published an entry about some of my Cardigans and how much I just generally love them! I also mentioned in my last paragraph how I planned to customise the loopy taupe one.I had some antique bronze studs and thought they would be the perfect embellishment... and the cardigan had the perfect space for me to fill in! It took about 15 minutes to embellish both sides and I'm so pleased with the result. I was a little concerned about it being too heavy, but I actually found that because the cardigan doesn't have any fastenings, the studs helped to hold the front down instead of it flapping around!You may notice that the studding doesn't go all the way around the neckline, I quite liked it like that but I may finish it off if it starts to bother me. As you can see, it is so quick and easy to customise a garment... you'll be seeing many many more from me!

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Dr Martens.

A few years ago, I would never have thought I would wear Dr Martens, they just looked so heavy and too chunky to look in proportion to the rest of my body...but then I saw the ad campaign with Daisy Lowe, and thought how they didn't look so heavy and chunky after all!After that, I kept seeing them in different colours, different prints and different washes. I could actually wear them and they would go with so many of my outfits! Next step was to see how they felt on, so I took myself to the Covent Garden/London store and tried some on. They were not as heavy as they felt and I was set on getting a pair - but a little cheaper. I searched eBay every couple of days until I finally found a pair that I had to have! Luckily, it didn't seem like many other people wanted them, so I found myself winning them for under £3/$5! They're a black fabric base with gold diamonds printed all over. I love them as I'd never seen them before and I was sure I would not see anyone else wearing them! They're super comfortable and this won't be the last pair of Dr Martens I'll be buying.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Most exciting website this month.

I have been a fan of Irregular Choice shoes for about 5 years now, and if you check out some of my Shoe Collection, you can see that Irregular Choice does tend to crop up a lot!
Several months ago, the Irregular Choice website had shut down for maintenance, so I signed up to their special newsletter to be alerted for when they re-launched.I received that much anticipated newsletter today and was so excited to have a browse! They have clearly spent a lot of time and money refurbishing the site which now looks so fresh and amazing!
Have a peek HERE.
Admittedly, I have never bought via the site, as the shoes are currently too expensive for me to pay the retail price (thank you eBay!), but not expensive in regards to uniqueness. So, I tend to use the site to keep updated with news about the brand etc. If you have a moment and even if you don't like shoes, do have a look at the site which will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy!

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Studded Gladiators.

In May, I published an entry on a pair of Gladiators I purchased from Select. My very last comment was the introduction of some future Jellies that I planned to get. However, this never happened due to being unable to find my size. I assume this happened as they are so cheap and commercial (every single High Street store had them) that even children were buying them - therefore the smallest adult size were most likely snapped up by them! Anyway, I decided to just forget them for this year and then accidentally came across a pair of beautiful strappy, studded ones! So, I went from yearning to own just one pair of Gladiators, to now owning two pairs! These are from Red Herring @ Debenhams for £32/$52. They are a bit more expensive than what I would normally spend on sandals, but I have worn these to death!

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Draping.

Draping is a term in Fashion Design when you literally drape, pin and cut a large piece of fabric around a dummy to create your garment. This method is predominantly used in Couture. Sometimes, the Designer will hand stitch the garment as it is on the dummy, therefore making it a complete one-off piece of Fashion. Or, you can mark on the fabric where the seams will be, a zip, pockets, etc... all information will be marked onto the draped garment. I will show you how to do this in the future! Once that is done, the fabric can then come off, laid flat on paper, traced around and all information is to be transferred. You will then have a pattern piece for your garment and can repeat it as many times as you wish. The most well known seamstress who created by this method is Madeleine Vionnet who was at her peak in the 1920s. She created all her garments by draping on a miniature dummy, and then making them full scale once she was satisfied with it.I came to realise that this was also my favourite method during my last year at University when I draped my entire Graduate Collection! However, I must admit that it can be difficult translating it into a pattern piece, as they can sometimes be very complicated - just think of all the folds, nips, tucks, gathering and pleating that may go into a draped design, and then illustrated into the pattern. Anyway, the point of this blog entry, is to show you a quick way of changing a bought garment using the draping technique. This beautiful pink summer dress is from H&M and I purchased it from the Sale rack for only £15/$25.I knew I'd look frumpy in it because when you're petite, you should only really wear a mini or a maxi when it is full skirted, and this dress hit me right at the shin!... so I knew I'd be changing it when I got it home. At first, I was just going to simply shorten it, but decided to make more of an effort and began draping. I cheated and actually draped it while I had it on, but I found that was the best way to see how it would look on me, and also my dummy is a bit bigger so it would not have been accurate.I hitched sections of the skirt up and pinned it into place, which was very hard (especially the back!) and I did not go unscathed...I then took it off, placed it on my dummy and hand sewed all the anchor points securely, which you can see a bit clearer on the photo below. I think this is a much more interesting way of shortening a dress and just makes it a lot more special! You could even embellish the parts you sew to conceal it (if you're a messy hand sewer!). Anyway, if you attempt anything like this, I'd love to see it!