For this project we had total free reign and could pick what ever concept we wanted. I chose to look at female artists with a surrealist bent and Dia de Los Muertos stuff. The practical element was to make an 'outfit' so I ended up making a skirt and top (as usual it was STRESSFUL)
So the image I ended up concentrating on was The Spotted Ousel by Grace Pailthorpe
I'm not entirely sure why I gravitated towards this image, I am quite simple so it was probably just 'oooooh colours' or something like that. I also like the expressions on the creatures faces. Purple Spotty looks like he has an immense hangover and Red looks absolutely horrified at this. An Ousel is an old English word for Blackbird by the way (the more you know!)
Because this was my final project I wanted to demonstrate some interesting drafting skills (my downfall, as always) I turned to the Pattern Magic Books - Kakurenbo
This is a research page from my sketchbook, demonstrating how I got from my inspiration image, through digital draping to pattern cutting method and design. I made a minuscule sample to test out the idea prove to myself i could sew it.
|Initial designs with length variations|
I put the grey top on the illustrations so they wasn't naked but I really liked the boxy shape combined with the full skirt and used the shape for some top/jacket designs.
As always with me, nothing goes smoothly. I had developed several fabric designs to use and ordered some fabric from Woven Monkey thinking I would have plenty of time for them to arrive (last time I ordered it took less than a week) it took the full 10 days for my fabric to arrive and then when it did turn up I was pretty disappointed as one of my fabrics had black areas which came out as a murky brown/grey. I ended up having to fabric paint those areas in (I thought I had a photo of this but I can't seem to find it)
Because my specially printed fabric took so long to turn up I ended up panic buying the rest of the fabric that I needed and I made some really questionable choices. I also rushed through the sewing as I was panicking that I would run out of time so I am not particularly happy with the final outcome
Anyway, here are my garments as modelled by a stumpy mannequin
|see all those black diamonds on the top? that's what I had to paint|
|those wavy raglan seams were a bitch to sew|
And here are my final boards (the outfit looks much better modelled on my illustration)
So whilst I wasn't happy with my interpretation of my designs (I'm blaming my choice of fabrics - both type and print) I feel like my sketchbook work in this project was really cohesive and I got a good grade for it, so I can't really argue.
I am now looking forward to doing some selfish sewing over the summer :)