Friday, 1 February 2013

One dress - 9 accessories

It has been a while since I have last blogged, I have been so busy the past month! Here are all of the accessories I made based on my initial sketchbook, using found fabrics and adornments and up-cycling them into interchangeable accessories. These were all designed and made in one week, so the designs are quite basic but the original concept of the interchangeable accessories has been brought forward in these pieces. These are not professional photographs (photography is not my strongest point) but the images demonstrate how the pieces can be modeled and how simply a plain garment can be transformed by wearing one. Once I have the accessories have been professionally photographed for my portfolio, I will be selling them on 'Etsy' and in 'Made in Jesmond', and bringing them to Newcastle's 'vintage and fashion' Make and Mend market in March, so it's exciting to finally start the ball rolling!

The bird head motif has worked particularly well, and I have translated this through embroidery and applique on two of my detached collars. Both of these collars have been made up from vintage skirts and second-hand fabrics, and I think the weight of the fabrics make the collars appear more formal, so they work well in smartening up garments with a quirky twist!

Here are some more collars which I made, if I had to choose a favorite it would have to be the mint collar with a striped stand and perspex tips, simply because it stands out from the rest. It would be an easy one to wear, and it reminds me of the design group Memphis because of the balance of shape and color. All of the fabrics and adornments used are 100% up-cycled, including the Swarovski crystal and laser-cut collar tips which have been saved from past projects.

A new idea for some accessories which I have tried out is these sleeve accessories. Like collars, they are a great way of accessorizing plain clothing, but have the benefit of acting as an arm cover and transforming garments even further. Both of these were second-hand shirts which have been given a new lease of life, and they can be worn to many different effects depending on the garments they are worn with and the necklines of those garments.

Another unique accessory which I tried out was a peplum belt. The colors and fabrics work well with each other but without any sampling, the final piece could have been massively improved by using a more delicate belt or a more rigid fabric, as the weight of the silk and the belt are too different from one another to work well. I feel confident that with further sampling of this type of accessory, it will be much more wearable.