Blue Pleats

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Sorry for my 3 week absence as I have been enjoying some summer time off.

However, I will make sure not to completely neglect blogging and will keep myself busy with some sewing, drawing and doing research for my major final year project. During my first week back in my hometown to visit friends and family, I decided to stop by at a local fabric shop to gain some inspiration on how I would design/create future garments. I ended up buying some fabric and a magazine with design ideas and traceable pattern pieces.

My first garment I sewed up so far is a sleeveless top with pleats on the front and a longer back. Below are step by step images on how I sewed up the garment together:

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1. Cut out front and back pattern pieces.

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2. Front pattern piece.

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3. Back pattern piece.

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4. Sew the two halves of the back together.

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5. Fold 3cm wide pleats 5cm apart from each other on the front pattern.

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6. In order for the pleats to stay stiff, stitch the edges of the folded pleats on the wrong side of the pattern.

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7. Then on the right side, cross-stitch the center front of the pleats.

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8. Add another cross-stitch between the center front and the side seam. (Do on both left/right side)

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9. Sew shoulder and side seams together. Back is now longer than front.

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10. Close up of side seam.

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11. Finished garment.

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12. Close up of design detail.

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13. Garment side view.

Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates

So on Friday I finished up my 5th and final week as a Pattern Room Intern. Whilst wrapping up my final days at the company, attending exclusive fittings along with salmon bagels and a very exciting sample sale were my personal highlights.

During the first half of the week, I got to attend fitting sessions for the upcoming S/S 15 collection. Ive talked about fittings in previous posts that took place in the Pattern Room. However, those fittings were just for toiles, while the most recent ones took place in a meeting room fitting final made samples on a model. At these sessions, head roles from Pattern Cutting, Design, Merchandising, Production and QA discuss the garments  in terms of approving the finishing, fabric, alterations, embellishment, fit, and whether or not a sample gets rejected. If the sample is rejected, it means that it won’t go into mass production. If a garment gets approved (sealed), they  discuss how they can reduce mass manufacturing costs.

In addition to attending and taking personal notes at fit sessions, I continued with my usual intern tasks. During some filing, I was looking through the dresses archive and noticed how contemporary and on trend designs have developed over the years. For example, 4 years ago dresses where heavily inspired by drape grecian styles, along with frills and ruffles. These days, popular design features include structured silhouettes, geometric, color/fabric blocking and vibrant print designs. It made me wonder what features will dominate fashion trends in 4 years time…

My last day at work was on the 4th of July, which was a very special day for me and fellow americans! So therefore I was already in good spirits when I entered the office. Once I found out that we were all gonna have bagels for brunch, l was even in a better mood and enjoyed my last day even more so (happy days!). The afternoon consisted of preparing for the sample sale (this time exclusively to staff), by helping out with carrying boxes of clothes and setting up. Soon enough, we all got to indulge in some shopping madness! It reminded me of that one scene from the movie Confessions of a Shoppaholic, when the main character is shopping at a designer sale.

After weeks of getting used to my new environment, I couldn’t believe how fast it all went by. Admittedly, I was a little sad when it all came to an end but thankfully it was a very rewarding and insightful experience that made me more sure that would like to pursue a career in Fashion. To my surprise, I was rewarded with a box of chocolates and a ”Thank You” card signed from the Pattern Room people! Getting to know some really nice people and learning about the industry was an opportunity I am certainly very grateful for.

confessions-of-a-shopaholicWhat the sale reminded me of… (Confessions of a Shopaholic)

I still cannot get over how I ended up interning at French Connection. When I look back at the “Sorry but no” e-mails from other places, I wasn’t feeling very hopeful about getting any type internship, yet alone a job in the future…

However sometimes the best things in life happen when you least expect them. As I sit here in my room typing away while eating out of the box of chocolates given to me, I look back at my summer in London thinking about a famous Forest Gump movie quote: Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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Thank you card and chocolates from Pattern Room team!