Shape Shifters â€“ Rachel Ward Materials: Dark grey fabric, cherry, wine and heather colored felt, light grey fabric, buttons. Techniques: I had to create 3D funnels out of felt but when I experimented with it, the funnels didnâ€™t stay in place so I used rigilene to make the funnels more stiffer are 3D like. For the flowers, I simply cut out flower shapes from felt and sewed them onto the bottom of the dress by only using a single button in the center. The flower in the center of the three funnels was made by sewing two pieces of felt together, leaving a space, and then stuffing them. I then sealed the stuffed flower and attached it to the dress with a button. Processes: 1. Create the dress. 2. Cut out funnel shapes with wine and cherry colored felt. 3. Add rigilene to the funnels to stiffen. Sew the seam for each funnel. 4. Insert wine coloured funnel into the cherry colored funnel and sew around the top to secure. 5. Sew the funnels into place on the dress with a small stitch. 6. Cut out flower shapes out of the heather colored felt and attach to the bottom of the dress with a button in the center. 7. Cut out 2 larger flower shapes from the heather colored felt and sew them together, leaving a gap to allow stuffing. 8. Stuff the flower shape and then seal together. 9. Attach the stuffed flower to the center with a button. 10. Cut out flowers and attach them to the back of the dress, at the bottom, with a button in the centre, the same as the front of the dress.
Little Britain â€“ Rachel Ward Materials: Kaliko, black cord, flowered patten fabric, interfacing, cream and white cotton. Techniques: I used the couching technique to add the trail of black cording onto the front of the top. I also used the applique technique to attach the flower. They both were very effective. Processes: 1. Create front part of top using the sewing machine, kaliko and attach the facing. 2. Lightly sketch onto the front part of the top, the placing of the cord and flower. 3. Sew on the black cord neatly with black cotton by using the couching technique following the markings. 4. Cut out the flower and applique it onto the front part of the top with white cotton. 5. Cut off any pieces of cotton to neaten.
Materials: Kaliko, black cord, interfacing, cream and black cotton. Techniques: I used the same technique (couching) as I did on the front of the garment. Processes: 1. Create back part of the top using the sewing machine, kaliko and attach the facing. 2. Lightly sketch on the back part of the top, the placing of the cord. 3. Sew on the black cord neatly with black cotton by using the couching technique following the markings. 4. Cut off any pieces of dangling cotton to neaten. 5. When the couching and applique on the front part and back part of the garment are finished, continue to piece together the rest of the top.
Materials: Kaliko, black felt, flower pattern fabric, white and cream cotton. Techniques: I used the applique technique on the front and back part of the garment to attach the flowers. I also created peplums to make the skirt have more dimension instead of just being a plane pencil skirt. Processes: 1. Create front part of skirt and back part of skirt. 2. Cut out 2 flowers from the flower pattern fabric and then cut each flower in half. 3. Applique the flowers onto the front and back of the skirt, making sure the halves match up. 4. Create the peplums and leave the one side. 5. Finish of making the skirt. 6. Once the skirt is finished, add the peplums. 7. Trim off any excess cotton to neaten.
Miss Liverpool – Rachel Ward Materials: Buttons and black cotton, thick black cotton. Techniques: I pinned all the buttons onto the jumpsuit before sewing them on to see what the pattern would look like. After I was happy with the pattern I started to sew the buttons on, however some of the buttons started to fall off so I had to go back and sew them on again. I used thicker cotton and sewed the buttons on more tightly so they where secure. Processes: 1. Sort buttons out into colors so it is easy to find the right button. 2. Pin the buttons on to create a pattern that I and the client are happy with. 3. Sew the buttons on. 4. Go back and re-sew any buttons that have fell off or that are loose and make sure that all the buttons are secure.
Materials: Jumpsuit, black sequins, black cotton. Techniques: We sewed a line of black sequins down the seam on each leg of the jumpsuit so that the bottom half of the jumpsuit wasn’t as plain but also didn’t draw to much attention from the top of the jumpsuit. Processes: 1. Sew a line of black sequins down the seam of each jumpsuit leg. 2. Make sure that the line of sequins is neat and that all sequins are sewn on securely.
Materials: Jumpsuit, lace, trim, gold spray paint, black cotton. Techniques: The client wanted the lace to be gold so I spray painted a section of the lace before I created a pattern piece to fit the back of the jumpsuit. I used a sewing machine to replace the back of the jumpsuit with the lace. I then spray painted the trim with gold spray paint and attached it on by hand sewing it. The gold spray paint didnâ€™t work well on the lace as it started to rub off but it left a gradient effect and still matched well with the jumpsuit. Processes: 1. Spray paint the lace and trim with the gold spray paint and leave to dry for 12 hours. 2. Create a pattern piece for the back of the jumpsuit. 3. Cut away the original part of the jumpsuit and replace it with the gold lace via sewing machine. 4. Pin the gold trim onto the back of the jumpsuit and hand sew it on securely.
Materials: Chains, buttons, lace, cotton, fishing wire, beads and gold fabric, glue gun. Techniques: We cut fishing wire and threaded buttons through to create loops that we could attach to the shoulder and form a shoulder piece. When we finished making the loops we glued them together and also glued chains so it was secure. We created a puff out of lace and glued the loops and chains onto the puff then attached it all securely onto the shoulder. It gave off an unusual effect and looked really good. We decided to add a piece of gold material so the shoulder piece had more dimension. Processes: 1. Cut fishing wire to desired length. 2. Thread buttons onto the fishing wire and glue to ensure that no buttons fall off. 3. Attach chains and gold fabric to all the button loops and glue securely. 4. Create puff out of lace and glue on top of the loops, chains and fabric then attach to the jumpsuit shoulder.