New Blog


I have decided to continue writing my uni blog, however I am going to adapt it to what I am doing after my degree.

Here I am going to write about any crafty bits I am doing, including sewing and papercraft. I have also been running some craft workshops at Tindalls (where I work) so I will also be writing a bit about them. I want to write up about my hobbies and what I like to do some I thought it would be a good idea to continue on a blog I already started!

Thanks for reading and I hope you stick around to see what I get up to!

Fashion Show

This Thursday was the fashion show! The event we have been working towards this whole time!

On Wednesday we had a dress fitting. All the models came in and each one was chosen to wear each collection. I was quite worried about that because I know that some of my dresses are a small fit so I just hoped that they would fit someone. We had a few switch arounds of dresses, but they all fit and they looked really good!

On Thursday, the fashion show day, we had to meet at Firstsite at 1, making sure we had everything we need for the fashion show. We had to bring the asos shoes that we bought a couple of days ago, and any accesories that we bought for the models to wear. I bought some summer hats from primark because I thought that would give the dresses a summer feel.

We each had a model that we had to dress for the show. We had to make sure we get them in the right outfits at the right time and help them in and out of them. I was really worried about this because I had to be the one in charge of the model and make sure everything goes perfect. We had a rehearsal dress early in the day and it didn’t go that well. I went too fast and that meant that a lot of the dressers stuggled to get the model ready in time. It did help to realise that we needed to slow down the actual show, but it also got us really stressed for the real show.

But there was actually nothing to worry about! The real show went really well! The show slowed down a little bit, so instead of the models rushing to get out in time, they were lining up waiting to go.

All my dresses look amazing when they were out and I was really proud of them. My collection also has another student, Olivia’s, clutch bags walk out with them. They looked really good and went well with my collection too.

Final Dresses

Now all my dresses are finished! I was originally going to have 4 dresses but then I designed a 5th dress, but I prefered that one to my original so it made the lineup instead. I think I would have made 5 dresses if I had the chance, but I’m happy with my 4 dresses and I think they make a strong collection. I also didn’t like the idea that I might make 4 dresses, then make a 5th one after the fashion show because then I wouldn’t have any photos of that one. I made them all with a week before the fashion show so I am really happy and I don’t have to stress too much before the show.


Outit 4 – Stripes

This is my 4th and final dress design. This dress I designed and made within a week when some of my friends thought that I should have a 5th dress design, however I prefered this design to my original design so I decided to make this one instead.

This is the technical drawings and the colour combination of outfit 4.

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I started with the bodice. I decided to make the halterneck bodice, also from the 1950s pattern book that the off-the-shoulder top was from. I made a toile first because  wanted to make sure the top was a nice fit, and hopefully won’t turn out like the toile of the off-the-shoulder top that I made. Surprisingly, it went well! Although I did ajust a few things, I lowered the neckline and took in the back because it was quite big. I also wanted to see what length the bow at the back should be.

I then made it up in the proper fabric. I wanted the fringing to be in all the seams so I had to buy some more and dye it. I also thought of the idea of dipdying the end of my straps so that it ties in the yellow. I did mess up the dipdying as I accidentally got dye on the white end, but i gave it a thorough wash when it had dried to hopefully get it out, and it pretty much did. The fringing in the seams were pretty tricky, but once I got the hang of it, it wasn’t too bad.

For the skirt I made yellow and white stripes. I sewed the front and back panels together so that it would be easier to sew the fringing in one section and to match up the side seams. I like the stripes of the skirt because it reminds me of a beach dress.


This is the final outcome of my final dress. I love this one and it is my new favourite. This one doesn’t have any grey in it like the other dresses but I think it makes a nice accompliment to the collection.


Outfit 3 – Pinafore

This is my 3rd dress. The inspiration for this one has come from the rug maker in the memory box, however it does have a pinafore feel about it.

This is the technical drawing and the colour combination of outfit 3.

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I started with the bodice of this outfit. I was told to use the lingerie block because it already gave me the shape that I wanted, the only problem was that it wasn’t fitted enough. I made quite a few samples and adapted them to try and get the shape I want, it’s also strapless so I didn’t want it to fall down. Val then said that I should turn the darts into panels instead and this made it much easier to adapt it, it also meant that I could have the yellow panels on the outside like in my original idea.

This is the top without the lining, and with the topstitched chevron straps.

This is the finished top, with the lining and the fringing. I had an issue with the zip in the back, I needed a 6 inch open ended zip so the top could be taken on and off, but as I later found out they do not exist. I found one on a obscure ebay shop and the only colour it came in was black so it had to do, even if black isn’t in my colour palette. Once I out it in I really liked it though.

The skirt was easy to make. It was made of 6 panels, 2 quilted and the rest left plain. There are also 2 yellow panels at the waist and hem to frame the skirt. I wanted the skirt to be fitted on the hips, like a pencil skirt, so I had to adjust the skirt and take it in a little more after it was all sewn together.

This is the final outcome. I am really happy with this outfit and is probably one of my favourites. It was the first one that I designed so I have a strong love for it.

PDP Presentation

For the end of my third year, I have to do a presentation on my final collection. The presention is about the FMP, the inspiration and the final outcomes. But I also have to discuss designers, social media, and future plans.

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This is the front page, introducing myself and my collection

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This is the page about my collection. The collection vintage inspired, but has been moderized to be something that any girl now could wear. I wanted it to have a feel of homeliness and handmade with the quilting and topstitched patterns. The idea was that it was going to be a white collection because I didn’t want to dip into the textiles side at all. However, my ideas did change slightly and I dyed some of my trims because I wanted the yellow involved more that stitching and zips. The colour yellow came from my favourite page in a magazine that was in the memory box.

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This is the page about the inspiration. I tried to include most of the objects, or the ones that are mostly used in my collection.

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This is my first dress. I included the inspiration from my sketchbook, the mannequin design I started with, and the final technical drawing. I also labeled up the drawing so that the viewers could see the didn’t elements in my design.

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I included some photos of the processes and the toile to show the making of my dress and what I had to do. Some of these are the photos from my instagram too.

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I included a page on the issues that I had with this dress because there were quite a few. The bodice was a massive issue. As the pattern was from a 1950s pattern book, when I followed it exacly it came out very small and no one could get in it. So after a made a toile I had to adapt it so someone would be able to wear. There was an issue with the skirt later on because I ran out of fringing so I had to shorten it and didn’t have time to buy more and dye it. I then had to shorten it even more when my pleated section shrunk and and I had to take up the hem to make it fit.

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I included photos of the final outcome, aswell as the actual dress in the presentation. And the professional David Lam photo that was done in the photoshoot.

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I did the same with my second outfit. I included some scans from my sketchbook, my mannequin design and my technical drawing. I also labeled up this one so you could tell what details were put into this dress too.

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These are the progress photos of my second dress.

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I had a few issues with this dress, much like the one before. The main issue was the star cutout that I had at the back. It was originally a cutout, but then I thought it might be easier to make it a yellow panel. But when it came to doing that I found it really hard to sew in and got fed up with it. In the end I ended up going back to the cut out idea and just sewing in some facing into the back of it.

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This is the final outcome of my second dress.

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I included my other 2 designs so they what else I had to some in my collection. I had nealy finished design 3 at this time, but it was on a mannequin in the sewing room so I couldn’t take it with me. My design 4 had actually changed since then, I designed a 5th dress, but I actually prefered it to my original so I swapped it out.

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I looked at 2 designers for this collection. It was suggested to look at Delpozo for construction ideas. I thought they would help me thing outfit the box a little bit and bring some interesting construction ideas into it. I also looked at moschino because they had some dresses that were inspired by objects, much like my entire collection.

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I had to talk out any social networking that have done. I had recently opened up a fashion instagram account so I included some photos of that and my handle @shazziiee_fashion. I also included my blog, which I have been keeping up to date over the last 3 years. I know that the younger years have to keep one so I thought if I included it then they could look at it for inspiration. My Blog

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I had to look at exhibitions and places that I could independently showcase my skills. That weekend had been the Secret Vintage Fair and I went to have a look. I thought that if I went into my little fashion collection then I thought this would be an ideal place because it is vintage based, the inspiration of fashion style, and it’s local, so I would be easy for me to get to.

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The final thing I had to include was future plan. My dream has always been to have my own little shop and sell my own creations. I did start this just before my started my degree. I used to make my own jewellery and hair clips, and I opened up my own etsy store to sell them. I have had it open this whole time, but I have been working more on my degree than my shop. I have had experience with etsy so if I wanted to start a bigger store then I would know what to do.


Outfit 2 – Star Dress

This is my second outfit finished. I thought this would be my secong longest one to make so I decided to make this one second.

This is the  technical drawing of the dress, and the colour layout.

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I jumped right into make the dress this time rather than making a toile first.

The top of this dress has 3 darts instead of 1. I didn’t know how to do this so I asked Val for some help. It was easier to do than I originally thought so that was good. Val also suggested that I do some topstitching along the darts and I really liked the idea because I thought it would tie in with all the topstitching used in my dresses. This dress also has a zigzag neckline with facing on the inside that I made to measure out when do the pattern to make it even.


I then had to do the topstitching on the straps. The takey forever to do but I think they look really nice. The idea was that I was going to but the straps between the front and the facing, except that didn’t really work because I couldn’t turn it out in the end because of the way it was sewed. So in the end I had to pin them to the inside and topstitch along the zipzags to keep them in place. It doesn’t look the best but it does the job.

I then moved onto the skirt. This is my first bit of quilting so I was quite excited to try it out and so how it would end up. I started by make a stencil of the stars so that they would all look even and the same throughout the dress. I places pins at all the points rather than drawing it on so that it wouldn’t leave a mark. I wanted the side seams to continue onto the back panels so I used up the side seams then traced the stars so that they continued perfectly. I am really happy with how they turned out.

I then quilted the rest of the skirt and sewed up the back seam so that I could see if it looked good and would be able to see what it would look like on someone. My mum modelled it because she the models we use are the same size as her. The only problem is she is a lot shorted so it is harder to work out the length.

The bottom of the dress was meant to have a pleated panel, but I changed it when I realised that I didn’t have enough fabric for the pleating, and I had enough trouble with the pleating on the last dress. I then thought it would be a good idea to change it into just panel, but then Val suggested I used the fringing and I thought it was a good idea.


I then went back to star at the back. The originally idea was a cutout, but I then changed it to a yellow star. But then I found it really difficult to sew it in. I tried both machine sewing and hand sewing. I finally got fed up with it so I reverted back to the cutout idea because I though it would be easier. I cut out a new facing for the inside and sewing and turned out the stars.


After sewing all the section together I then got my mum to try it on again. Again, it didn’t really fit as she is too small but I could work out any bits that didn’t look right. I realised they the star at the back looks really bad so I know that I had to sort that out.

Once at uni I could put it on a mannequin and check out the fit properly. I also sorted out the stars at the back so that they were more even.