Revamping Blog and Website

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There is going to be fabulous and wonderful things which will be happening here at HGDrake HQ!

There shall be a schedule of blog posts starting soon, posts will be (well) posted every Tuesday and Thursday with a delightful range of hot topics from How I Style my DIY all the way to pattern cutting book reviews, something for everyone.

Plus tones of new things to look forward to, which I cannot yet share with you all.

For now above please have a gander at some photographs from my graduating portfolio and final collection!


Hannah x


Long time no type…

It has been a while since I have posted on here due to the amount of crazy stress throughout the 3 year so far!
It’s just getting started!
As a result of this I thought I would update you on my progress so far for my Pre-FMP Collection.

Sneak Peek

Digital PrintI do not want to give too much away as currently still working my behind off to finish what I need to achieve before heading back after Christmas. I hope you like what you see so far, let me know in the comments below.

Lingerie Experiments…

I have dabbled in corsetry and now that I have finished university for this year, over the summer I wanted to experiment with a different field of design, so I chose lingerie! It’s mainly thanks to my friend Camille really… She loves lingerie. She got me thinking that I would like to try to have ago.

Firstly, I looked on Amazon to try to find a pattern cutting book and maybe a book which helps with construction, I stumbled across this book below. ( And yes another one added to my library! ) I briefly read some reviews and brought it!

Lingerie Trail 6 Lingerie Trail 5The instructions seamed rather simple and they were but the measurements are a lot more precise than some garment pattern cutting which is understandable and great practice!

Lingerie Trail 1 Lingerie Trail 4To draft the pattern it took me no time at all, the instructions were very easy to follow and clear I didn’t have to read the information over and over again to understand unlike some other pattern drafting books. Alongside the instructions were computer illustrated illustrations which were a live saver; in some areas due to some terminology used, nothing complicated but just areas which I wasn’t sure on. However, when it can to construction I solely relied on what I have learnt from university but in doing this some areas are not as they should be, combined with not the correct materials as well but the purpose of this it gain an understanding to then take it further if I wished.

Lingerie Trail 3This is the bra at the current stage. I shall be posting more photographs as I come to finishing it so please stay tuned!

Any lingerie makers and designers please comment with your tips. I would be very greatful.


Great British Sewing Bee Review…

Great British Bake Off has taken a more of a fabric twist with a new programme called Great British Sewing Bee it aired yesterday on BBC. The concept is simple, 8 contestants are given 3 challenges in which test them on a variety of skills shape, size and fit, also fabric handle, sewing techniques and finishing. Each round gets more intense and at the end 2 people leave each week.

I found the concept of the programme intriguing and hopefully insightful. I knew the style of the show was going to be more towards the style of 30s-50s which is lovely as I love this style.

Bare in mind I have only watched the first episode and this is my personal opinion I’ll start with the positive. I hope the show bring backs the want and willingness to make our clothes and the want to customise our clothes instead of confiding the mass market. Also, as I am relatively new sewing I found it interesting how people can interpret a pattern so differently and how differently the contestants custom fit a garment to a models body.

For the first round the contestants are given a shop brought pattern for an a line skirt and 3 hours to make it, if they had the time they can customise it. I feel that this is good and bad because as the first round it was to gauge people’s skills as well as to show the public what can be adapted a simple pattern. However, I was little disappointed that the contestants don’t create their own pattern to fully engage creativity. Also there isn’t much a diversity of style for example, there is a contestant which creates steam punk outfits and yet he is making a princess seamed dress? Maybe there is more to come?

Final rating: 3/5 hoping the creativity gets better!

Slow Fashion the New Black…?

Our high streets are unfortunately dying due to the increasingly longing of the recession with on average more than 30 shops have closed everyday between July and August 2012. The recession is set to increase but on a much slower pace the government recently announced. What is fashion the future for fashion? Some say, is there a future? Due to the amount of ever growing online retailers.

Thankfully there is light at the end of the tunnel. Us. With the airing of the Dispatches investigation, in November 2010, into the treatment, working conditions and poor pay of many overseas manufacturing companies in order for retailers to produce ‘fast fashion’. As a result of mass production the quality of the garments can get lost resulting in more items to be returned or into our landfills. This created a chain effect to the consumers making them more aware of how the fashion industry.

Due to that China is ever developing and demanding the cost of manufacturing is increasingly more expensive retailers are having to seek in different countries for example Turkey and Bangladesh. Therefore now is a perfect time to change in the way we manufacture our garments.

‘Slow fashion’ is being referred to as more than just a craze but more of a movement; to counter balance our busy lives. ‘Slow fashion’ is joining forces of ‘Eco’, ‘ethical’, and ‘green’ in one movement, originally founded by Kate Fletcher from Centre for Sustainable Fashion, it is to encourage to slow down the process and production to refine the finer details and to ensure quality is far better than quantity.

If you are inspired by this article and need to find out more details please head over to this website. It has a lot more in depth knowledge of ‘slow fashion’ and the origins of the movement.

Yellowism, just a likeness for yellow..?

Video HERE

The defacing of Mark Rothko’s Black on Maroon 1969, at the Tate Modern, earlier on this week left me thinking, why? What is the point of it? What are they trying to say?

In further research I found that the writing, marked in black paint, said ‘Vladimir Umanets ’12, A Potential Piece of Yellowism’. Not understanding the meaning of Yellowism I discovered THIS website and it states, ‘Yellowism is not art, it is not anti-art’. Vladimir Umanets is the co-founder of the Yellowism movement within fine art.

My interpretation of Yellowism is you believe it is ‘worthy’ of the title of yellowism then it is yellowism, it is up to you to determine the point of yellowism. Also I found that as they believe that there is an internal link between the colour yellow that to display their work they paint the gallery walls purple. (complementary colours)