Alterations to dress 

So I fit the dress to my model, I did add an extra row of squares down either side just in case it didn’t fit … well it was too big so I’m having to take those rows back off 😂 of course.. but at least I know now that if I do that that’s that garment done! Well the toile 🙂

Back of dress .. disaster! 

So this didn’t work 😒 

Tried to cut it out in patches and sew together .. to save time. Spent the whole college day making the patterns cutting the patterns out in calico and figuring out how to sew it then sewing it .. just for it to look absolutely awful -.- so I’m going to cut them out again and put them together with the eyelets and cord.. let’s see how this turns out 😣

Leather Armour Dress

This is the start of the toile for my armour dress. The 4 pieces with the eyelets in are interfaced to make them a bit stiffer as the fabric I will be using will be in leather. 

I got called insane for attempting this and was told I probably won’t be able to get it done so I should change it, the ideas were to do the front like this and to do the back in bigger random patchwork patches. I do like this idea but I am a bit bummed about the whole thing I thought maybe I could do it but really need to be realistic 😦 I don’t think I’ll get this done as well as everything else I’m wanting to do. 


Trying to get my research done and start my designing is so hard! I feel like I haven’t had enough time :/ it is partly my own fault I’ve been doing a lot this holiday and working as well, they’ve been long hours and more than normal because it’s the holiday :/ I have started doing work and I have made a list of things that I need to do just didn’t know I had so much! I will get it done though!!

I just need to finish putting my research in my sketchbook.


10th March 2017

Me and three friends from college decided to go to London and get primary research. We left at 7 in the morning and got into London at around 10.30 am. We first went to The Imperial War Museum, I expected this to be a lot smaller than it was. I found this so interesting, I didn’t think it would go with my research exactly but I did find some really cool things in there that I am wanting to use. We next went to Savile Row, I expected this to be smaller and neater tbh, well it only looked untidy because of the road works 😛 it was cool though walking down there :). We didn’t really want to go in anywhere because it was so high end, we just didn’t think they would let us in tbh. We did go around a couple of other shops around Lecister Square, we went to the Nickolodeon store and the M&M store, we also went and had a little look around China Town, this was so cool. I got a picture of the archway when you enter. There was also this small ice cream/waffle place that had the biggest queue, which my friend later found a video about it saying if you’re ever in London to go there, maybe next time 😂. We then went to the V&A we were going to go to the Natural History Museum but because that closed pretty soon and we were all really tired we decided to just stay at the V&A. We first went and relaxed a bit in the cafe with a nice cuppa then spent quite a lot of time having a wonder through the museum. I think we all got quite a lot from there, I know I did. We had to then catch the 9.30pm coach back home :). I think this was a very useful and eventful trip and hopefully we will be able to do it again soon xD . 

How it all started.

So I’m kind of scared but very excited to write this! I’m very bad at thinking about stuff and writing so I just write and read it through later so that’s what I’m going to do with this! I ramble so … sorry about that, I may just leave it in though, you never know.

So I have always wanted to write a blog or start a YouTube channel but never knew where to start so hopefully this will help me out xD. I’ve been excited about doing my FNP for a long time, nearly a year now, ever since I heard second years last year going on about it and them telling us you can basically do what you want. I knew straight away what I wanted to do. It has adapted since then but I knew I wanted to do armour. I thought at first about doing soldiers to the Queen or King, but like Roman Soldiers. But then I thought no because they would all be the same the only thing I would do different was the Queen/King’s outfit. I thought for a while and thought about doing different ranks of soldiers because they would be in different uniforms, I also thought about doing a Game of Thrones styled outfits but because they are already done and on screen I didn’t want to.

I have thought about ideas and I have a Pinterest board with loads of different things on, so I have ideas for helmets and body armour and leather crafting/stamping etc. One other thing I thought about was when a University came to talk to us about different courses they do, this one was an Accessories course, they talked about their first project which was making a bag from wood, and I had this thought pop into my head “what about a wooden corset?” I would make it out of bendable, mouldable wood that I would laser cut patterns out of, layer them up and hinge them together to make the corset! I would still love to do this idea but we will see how this all pans out.

So my final idea and the one I’m going to do is Gladiator Armour, because this armour is all different, they all wore different things. They wore a lot of leather so I’m hoping to be able to work with that and I would still love to make a helmet, I have a specific one in mind but I’ll write about that in a different post.