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City and Guilds Fashion Level 1 – Weeks 18, 19 & 20

March 30, 2011

Sooo…I managed to complete my second ‘finished design sheet’.  This one is not based on my actual design, but on an alternative design.  As our readers know, I was struggling to know what to do with it, but I kept on coming up with small ideas which eventually led to the finished sheet.  I decided that Liz was too pale; her hair needed to be darker, and her top needed to be blue instead of white.  I then blanket stitched around the edge of the striped fabric, added notes to the bottom right-hand corner, and a sample of the star made out the fabric in the top left corner:

My second 'Finished Design Sheet'

Notes on the main features of the skirt

I still have to do my third ‘finished design sheet’, which I haven’t started at all, but I think it’s going to feature beach huts, as I never want to see another nautical star ever again.  I think I’m going to use paint, so that the sheet is different again to the other two.

I have now completely finished my style file (the one where I collected images of different trends from AW10 right through to SS11).  Here are some photos of the pages and the cover:

The Front Cover

AW10 - Camel

AW10 - Faux Fur

SS11 - Reds and Oranges

SS11 - Stripes

I’ve also finished making the skirt.  I hand sewed the lining to the zipper tape and hemmed the bottom of the skirt, which didn’t take as long as I thought it would.  I hemmed the lining by machine.  Here it is:

From the front, using the hanging loops

From the back, on my dressmaker's dummy (who is called Delilah)

And yes, Delilah is stretched out to the max.  Perhaps a sign that I need to lose some weight.  Meh.

Our final session was spent frantically doing waist-band samples of ¼ skirts (which initially seemed like a waste of fabric to me, but in the end it was a good way to use up scraps): one with casing for elastic, one with a tie, and one with casing for a drawstring – all pretty boring stuff to be honest.  Thankfully I have three weeks before hand-in date to get all my files sorted.  I can’t believe this is nearly over!

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