Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sunday summary #7 - A bit about being a fashion design student and my final collection :)

I thought I should probably do a blog post at some point about my final year at university so far and my final collection, seen as it's the only thing I seem to be doing nowadays! If you didn't already know, I study Fashion Design at university and I'm in my final year. From now until May, I shall be finishing my six outfit final collection, which is both super fun and super scary at the same time! Some outfits will only contain one or two garments, but some will contain three or four plus accessories so there is a lot to think about


Sketchbook work has been the bane of my life for the past three years. I have a totally love/hate relationship with sketchbooks though, I find them tedious to do but once I look back at them I actually love them! They're good for working through your projects from start to end and developing ideas though :)

I really need to invest in a proper mannequin after uni, these ones are so good as they have lines already on them for bust point, centre front etc. I'm literally working on a mannequin 24/7 nowadays too, which is really fun but stressful when the mannequins are slightly bigger than the actual model so you need to change all the sizes again!

This was an initial line-up idea for my final collection. It has been a lot more refined now and has changed loads, but I still like to look back to this and see what some of my original designs were.  My initial ideas came from India and jellyfish, not that you can see that much in these designs either, but everything moves and develops so quickly!

Pinterest quotes have been keeping me going! I go through stages of using Pinterest and at the moment I like to go on once a day for some daily pinning and lots of inspirational quotes! You can follow me here if you also have a Pinterest, but be warned I post alot ;)


I've had fun this term experimenting with textiles and other ways to design which I hadn't done before. Even just setting up an overhead projector and projecting your chosen image onto a mannequin can inspire some new ideas!

Here are some of my initial print ideas, some are more literal and some have been kaleidoscoped (if that's a word) to make them a repeat pattern and a bit more interesting. I'm still not 100% which style I like the best yet, but I do think I should only have one or the other, as the non-repeat one looks a lot more organic.

I spent a good few days creating this curved collar but I'm really happy with how it has turned out. I'm going to have a printed version of this shirt somewhere in my collection for definite as I love it, and I need to have some simplistic garments in my collection to balance out the smocking and embroidery.

Lastly, I have been experimenting with smocking different materials and draping it onto the stand. I love how this experiment has turned out, and it would look great as a top on it's own, or simply as a neck-piece. I've always loved the look of smocking techniques and the ruffles goes back to my initial research when I was looking at jellyfish tentacles.


I've literally been backwards and forwards to London sourcing fabric so many times in recent times, which is rather annoying when my hometown is 30 minutes from London and my uni town is over two hours away! But I've been enjoying choosing my final fabrics and experimenting in them, even if it is burning a hole in my pocket! I've also come across so many gorgeous fabrics that I want to make clothes in for myself when I finish uni - How gorgeous are these tartans?!

Pattern cutting day in and day out has also become a part of my daily routine. I recently invested in a pair of fabric scissors which nearly cost me £100... but they're so worth it as they feel like I'm cutting through air, and they'll last me a lifetime! My little floral apple pin holder is from my boyfriend's nanny and I love it!

I love treating myself to a fashion magazine or two at the weekend while I do some sketchbook and watch some Breaking Bad! You definitely have to chill out a bit at the weekends otherwise you'll literally go crazy.

Here is a preview of my first outfit in final fabrics. I'm sure everything will change loads as I go on, but I'm loving the high-waisted trousers so far and just need to decide on my final print :)


And last but not least, here is my favourite image to describe the past few months of my life. It literally is all fun and games until the bobbin runs out haha! There is nothing worse than sewing a garment and the bobbin running out halfway through, athough I've had it before where it ran out before I even started, and I didn't realise until I'd finished that seam... that was very annoying!



Thanks for reading :)
I hope you enjoyed a little insight into my life and a slightly different Sunday summary!
I will be updating my blog with more final collection posts as I continue my journey :)
And you can follow my instagram @floraldanielle for daily updates!
Love Dani :)
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15 comments:

  1. Your designs are amazing! I hope all goes well and they turn out how you want them too! x

    victoria x
    docsanddaisies.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aww thank you Victoria! :)
      I'm not too keen on any of these anymore haha so will definitely post the updated versions in the next blog post!
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  2. I was literally sewing a sleeve into a bodice the other day when my bobbin ran out! I was so frustrated! I have a hand-in pretty soon so I'm stressing out.. I really liked reading this post, I don't feel so alone as a fashion student! Looking forward to seeing how your collection turns out!

    A Fickle Fox | Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle

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    1. Ahh it's so, so frustrating isn't it?!
      Good luck with your hand-in! My final two terms are merged together so we don't actually have a hand-in until the final one in May, which is kinda more stressful haha!
      Thank you :) we need a society for fellow fashion students to stress together!
      x

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  3. I would have loved to have learned how to design and make dresses, I'm so jealous. I'm sure you work very hard but the rewards of satisfaction and achievement must be massive. You are incredibly talented and I can't believe you still have time to write a blog.

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    1. Aww thank you Lorna! :)
      Yes that's definitely it, it's alot of hard stressful work but it's worth it when you make nice things!
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  4. Ooh I am jealous. I have always wished I had the creative skills to be a fashion student! All your hard work will pay though :)

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Aww thank you Belle :)
      Yes it is really hard work but it'll be worth it! Anyone can learn to sew though so you should definitely do it!
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  5. This was so interesting to read babe! Its like a flash of what my life coulda been! I chose to study science instead of design (my 2 great loves) but I have been attending a dress-making /designing class for a month now and I love it! If you have any tips swing them my way haha xox

    www.tartanbones.com

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    1. Ooh wow Kirsty that's so interesting! :)
      I can't think of any in particular but I'll be updating my blog with more fashion student posts so keep an eye out for them!
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  6. Your designs are amazing! I know you said that you've moved away from them, but they really are beautiful. I particularly love the two on the far right. You're very talented and I'd love to see your final projects once they're finished. xxx
    Chloe @ The Little Plum UK Fashion Blog

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    1. Aww thank you so much Chloe! :)
      I will definitely post an updated version of my work as it gets going, thank you again for the lovely comments!
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  7. wow you're really talented! That collar is a really good design, I could never think of anything like that! xx

    xbeccabe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aww thank you so much Becca! :)
      It's lovely to hear such nice comments on my work!
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  8. I love reading posts like this because I'd love to study fashion design at uni after my foundation, it all sounds really interesting! I love the top you made with the draped fabric!

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