Category Archives: Fashion

Dress Making Workshop 1: 28th February

Inspiration Board from previous Workshop

Inspiration Board from previous Workshop

This initial workshop will work towards developing an individual design brief for your ‘dress’ based on our unique pattern block; we will cover  developing a personal look, an introduction to fabrics, texture and colour palettes and sizing.  If you can bring along a sketch or notebook and five favourite objects – these can be garments, images, objects, technology or media – old or new – whatever you love! and magazines you don’t mind ripping up (we will also provide magazines/imagery) …

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The Grace Of Lace

Image Credit: Chanel

Image Credit: Chanel

Here is an example of ‘Layered Lace’; an elegant fabric that can be worn in a variety of ways.

Che Camille

Image Credit: Che Camille

Image Credit: Che Camille

 

A Vintage Corner at Che Camille

Che Camille

Image Credit: Che Camille

Image Credit: Che Camille

 

GSA Recent Graduate Collection at Che Camille

Ideas & Inspiration

Image Credit: Style.com

Image Credit: Style.com

Louise Goldin is an exciting young British designer; primarily a knitwear designer her work is innovative and intricate. Her Fall 2009/10 collection was inspired by zoomorphic architecture; ShowStudio recorded a series of interviews unveiling her design process. The Spring 2010 RTW collection was inspired by Gianni Versace’s mid-nineties advertising campaigns.

A cautionary note you can lose hours on these sites! We’ll be posting further ideas and inspiration during the course of the week – so keep checking the blog.

Liberty: Fabric Resource

Image Credit: Liberty

Image Credit: Liberty

Liberty offer an online selection of new and iconic print fabrics in cotton jersey, cotton lawn and silk. The cotton lawn is very light weight and would be difficult to use in terms of drape; however both the jersey and silk qualities will drape well. You can order samples directly with the London store on 0207 734 1234.

Instructions for Sewing Block

© Luxury of Labour 2009: Not for Commercial Use

© Luxury of Labour 2009: Not for Commercial Use

Stage 1: Cut out fabric by first cutting one side (if you are joining at center back  seam) from card block, flip block on fold line to cut out other side

Stage 2: Overlock if required, decide at this stage whether to line and then french seam centre back

Stage 3: Pin & chalk stitch line (apart from if you are making cape)

Stage 4: Decide on sleeve pattern and cut out; overlocking shoulder and cuff

Stage 5: Insert sleeve

Stage 6: Double turn edge of hem or bag out lining

Stage 7: Sew in stitch line on right side of fabric i.e. wrong sides together

Notes:

  • Press between all stages to ensure a neat finish
  • If you require a longer dress i.e. below the knee add 3″ to the length (medium block)
  • The belt will require fusible for rigidity for obi style sash belt. The majority of dresses will need to be lined or half lined to give a neater finish at the armholes.