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Here is what I’ve been busy with!

line inspiration (blog)

My year at fashion design school is quickly coming to an end – our runway show will take place on June 22nd!  It has been a whirl-wind of a school year.  With only three weeks left my classmates and I are all rushing to complete our runway lines.

My line will include six looks for women and one menswear look (which includes the Newcastle Cardigan and the Jedediah Pants!).  The inspiration is British 1940s wartime sensibilities of “Make Do and Mend” and non-disposable fashion paired with natural fibers and the earthy tones of the B.C. coastline.

I’ve named each garment after a different city or town near the area of England that my family comes from.  I love L.S. Lowry’s paintings of Manchester and have used his common colourway for my line – it is interesting that when the colours have been removed from the context of his grubby cityscapes they perfectly echo the tones one would expect to see on a west coast beach – periwinkle blue, chestnut brown, camel tones, and clay colours.

(c) Ms Carol Ann Lowry/DACS; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

colourway correct

I’ve currently finished several of the outfits but still feel like there is so much to do!  Here is the result of a practice photoshoot taken on a fitting evening with my models (my sister and her field-hockey team mates – aren’t they beautiful?):


As you can see, from the picture above, the fitting night was lots of fun!  We were told to try to find professional models for our show (I will be using three amazing professionals who are volunteering their time) but I am really glad that I have also included my sister and her friends because, not only are they stunning, they are lots of fun!  The ‘fitting session’ consisted of mojitos, snacks, the goofiest photo shoot ever, and lots of hilarious walks down an imaginary runway.  Much more fun than your standard fitting session!

Here are the technical drawings of my designs – some shown in various stages of completion in the photos and some yet to be made:

finished outfits flats (blog)

Salford: An easy-fitting shirt-dress with contrast shoulder details, flattering princess seams, slim fitting 3/4 length sleeves with a knit sleeve band for comfort, and a flirty flared skirt.
Bolton Shirt and Manchester Pants: A comfortable and elegant pant outfit featuring a linen knit button up with shoulder details and feminine gathering along with high-waisted tencel pants that display the ankle and emphasize the waist.

blog flats castletown blackpool

Castletown: A draped silk cocktail dress with vintage details such as a keyhole back opening with a row of covered buttons, fluttering kimono sleeves, and sprinkled glass and brass beading.
Blackpool, Eccles and Manchester: A relaxed blazer and pant outfit featuring a soft blazer with curved style lines and elegant wool and leather shoulder and back details. Accompanied by a gauzy tank top and a variation on the high-waisted Manchester pants sewn up in hard-wearing bamboo with ankle zippers.

blog flats chester eccles

Chester: Not yet photographed – a camel coloured wool coat with leather shoulder details, pleated and gathered front and feathered embroidery along the main pleat. Features interchangeable wool and vintage fur collars for versatility.
Eccles Tank and Appley Skirt: Not yet photographed. A simple knit tank with nettle and bamboo neckline paired with a glamorous asymmettrical peblum skirt sewn in periwinkle raw silk. Boned waist and flared peblum features the waistline.


This outfit looked really pretty on the model with the shirt untucked for the photoshoot but I think I will be tucking it in for the fashion show to display the waistband on the pants.



Doesn’t this model’s gorgeous dark curls look stunning against the pale pink silk?  I had always drawn and imagined the dress on a blond model (the model who will be wearing this on the runway has blond curls) but I do love how it shows off her pretty dark hair!Edited-24Edited-21

This blazer has already been featured on a previous blog post and I am really glad I had it finished so early in the year so I don’t have to worry about such a complicated pattern at this point in the sewing process.  I have yet to hem the shirt (made out of cheesecloth!!) or to make the pants for this outfit…that is next week’s challenge!


Thank you to everyone who replied last week with suggestions and comments about PDF patterns!  We have sent out the single sheet version to those of you who have already purchased the pattern and preferred to have it printed on a plotter and we are currently working on making this version available along with the multi-page format on our website.  For anyone who purchases the pattern in the meantime and would prefer the single page format, just send us an email at and we will send you the single page file directly!