I Made my own #GIRLBOSS Tailored Jacket

It’s been a busy time, but it’s finally the time of the year where my coursework is nearing the end.

One of my classes this year was Tailored Jacket and this is my very first attempt at making a tailored jacket, so I’m pretty happy with the final thing. We were given 3 designs to choose from and I chose this one because I thought it looked the least boring, I tried to spice things up with the fabric which I lovee.

Here in the borders there are so many great places for photoshoots! We travelled to ‘Smailholm Tower’ 20 mins drive from Galashiels. Props to S-Dog for the photos.

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Trying to match the pieces took A WHILE

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Jacket That Turns into a Bag

Yes, a jacket that turns into a bag, Very Confusing.

This course was Design for Function. I’ve only ever made dresses, so this was really out my comfort zone; first jacket, first bag, first jacketbag.

How? Well, the bag was sewn separately to jacket and then sewn open along the back seam on the jacket, so that the jacket can fold into a section in the bag. Then the second section with a zip in the bag could be used functionally. (Apologies if that made absolutely no sense)

My target market was The U.S Coast Guards, thinking about shelter from the water especially (since they’re next to the see). Shout out to W.L GORE that sponsored the class with amazing Goretex material. (http://www.gore.com/en_gb/index.html)

 

This project took me a solid month and a half to properly get started and there were definitely a lot of late nights sewing and mental breakdowns (that’s University for you).

But 3 months later I have a jacket that actually somehow successfully turns into a bag, and I’m pretty happy with it!

 

 

Pattern Experimentation

This project was all about not using typical paper patterns and using different creative techniques to make a garment.

The first garment was made using Subtraction Pattern Cutting… What is this you ask? Well I’m bad at trying to explain things, but long story short tube technique invented by Julian Robert, which reduces time and fabric waste. Julian Roberts has made a free pdf file explaining his study into this online- http://thecuttingclass.com/post/65052582315/subtraction-pattern-cutting-with-julian-roberts

The technique creates very organic and weird shapes and after many trials on mini mannequin, I made my final dress which I was pretty happy with….(except for the back, which is too short because mannequins don’t have legs, so forward thinking next time hannah)

 

The next garment was created by taking 4 jersey t-shirts (American Apparel) and draping the fabric directly onto the mannequin. I created a cardigan/tied dress which I was really happy with and totally would wear…

 

Canada- Small Bird Big City 2016

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Summer 2016 was a great one,

Spent 3 weeks in Toronto, Canada visiting family there.

I saw some of the most beautiful sunsets when we spent a week at Sauble Beach.

I hadn’t visited since I was 9 (ish) , so I didn’t remember that much of Toronto but the city has really livened up and is a very modern city.

We visited Flowerpot Island, Toronto islands, The Aquarium and just general sight seeing. I got alot of nice photos from this trip, so I thought I should share!

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View from Toronto Island
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Small Bird Big City

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Flowerpot Island Ship Wrecks

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Aquarium

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City at Night
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Sunset at Airport
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Sunset collage At Sauble Beach

Foxy Facts

Random

When looking through my old photographs, I found a bunch of photos I took of this fox that I found just chilling in my back garden…

So I’ve decided to post these with Fox Facts:

  1. Foxes are part of the dog family- which makes sense since this fox would repeatedly visit the garden and play with my dogs squeaky toys.
  2. Sad- Because of their beautiful fur, they are bred and kept in captivity, similar to chickens until they are slaughtered in fur factory farms(the side of Fashion I hate)
  3. Although they are part of the dog family, they can retract claws similar to cats.
  4. Similar to sharks, turtles and birds, they have a cool ‘magnetic sense’ making them superior hunters
  5. Foxes are very playful.
  6. We should leave them and their fur alone. (Learn more: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/animals-used-clothing-factsheets/inside-fur-industry-factory-farms/)

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