I plan to do a photoshoot on the 24th May at 10am. I will shoot my model in the pink crop top, the white pleated skirt and the skirt made with printed fabric.  I plan to style the white pleated skirt with the pink crop top and white converse. I will style the other skirt with a white vest top. I chose a white vest top as I think it would work well with the skirt colour wise but also because it is supposed to represent a hot country and warm weather. I will also have her wear white converse with this outfit. I want her to have her hair down and straight and natural makeup. I decided on natural makeup as the garments are casual everyday outfits and they are bright. If she was to have bright makeup it wouldn’t work. I have decided to use gels to add extra colour in the background. I am thinking about using yellow/orange ones so that it doesn’t end up too dark.

I did this photoshoot. There was a few problems at the beginning with the flash. It wasn’t working so left me with less than an hour to get some good photographs. I tried out different coloured gels to see what would work well and what wouldn’t. I started with green over a honeycomb modifier and a beauty dish on the other side. I used green as I wanted to try having a cooler colour to contrast the bright warmer colours in the clothing. I think the colour worked well but wanted to try other cool colours so I also tried blue with a red gel as I thought about mixing warm colours with a cool colour. I ended up having the cool colour in the background and the warm colour on my model. I changed my modifiers to a snoot and an open light.

I don’t think the blue and red/yellow gels worked well together in this way. I thought that the blue was too cool for my work and decided to switch the gels over so that the warm colour was in the background and blue was just on my model.


I liked it a lot more this way and think the warmer colours work best with my garments.

I tried using the warm colours together without cool colours. I tried this with the other skirt that I made.

I am happy with the way these photos came out. I think the red and yellow gels worked well together. They helped bring the bright colours out of the skirt. As these were the only 5 photos I got that I was happy with, I am hoping to use 2 of these in my exhibition. I would like to use the warmer photos. If I was to shoot again, I would use a different modifier to the snoot. Even though the snoot helps to draw attention to the garments, I would have gone back to the honeycomb or beauty dish as these would have given a brighter overall look.


Review of week 10 8/5/17

This week I planned to do a photo shoot. The photo shoot didn’t go ahead as my model got the dates mixed up. I tried to rearrange to a day she could do but she couldn’t do a different day. This was okay as I decided that I wasn’t happy with my work and needed to change it. Because of this my workplan has changed for this week. I needed to remake my garment which I have done. I am now happy with my work.

New design ideas

As my digital printing didn’t go so well, I needed to make new designs to work around what I already had. The fabric I printed didn’t go with the top I made. I still want to use the top as well as the fabric I printed. I have come up with two different designs that I can do where I can use both things.

The first design is using the fabric I digitally printed. I could use the fabric to create a short sleeveless dress with white pockets. I would use the white fabric for pockets as it would make a nice contrast to the outer fabric. I would use the digitally printed fabric for the skirt part of the dress. For the top part, I would use white fabric to make a small v neck and in the back it would be a low v. I would attach a white zip in the back of the skirt.

The second design is using the top. I would keep the original design of the top the same. I would make a pleated skirt using white fabric. I would make a waistband using pink fabric to match the top and a zip in the back. In the pleats would be pink fabric just to add a bit of extra colour. This design would be more simple than the first one.


When I started making the first garment, I changed the design. I kept the printed fabric for the skirt part but I didn’t add pockets. I didn’t add the pockets as I couldn’t work out how to make them. I think adding the pockets would have been good but I struggled doing that. I kept the white fabric for the top part but instead of having a small v in the front and a low v at the back. I did a low v in the front and a full back with a zip down the middle. I think there is something missing from the top part of this dress. Because of this I want to add something onto it. I want to add some flowers as I remember my grandad doing the gardening in the summer and I think this would be a nice way to show what he loved. I have looked at different flowers that relate to Jamaica that I could recreate using fabric and sew on to the top part. The flowers that I have looked at are Lignum Vitae, Orchids, Hibiscus.


I tried making flowers with the fabric but it didn’t stay so well and looked a bit messy. I already did some floral embroidery and thought I could use that but I couldn’t cut it out neatly. I then decided to embroider the outlines of flowers in black. I chose black as I didn’t want to have loads of colour all over it. After adding the flowers I decided that the top part didn’t work well and have taken it off. I now just have a skirt which I don’t plan to take further as it is too small. I plan to go back to my original idea as this is what I am most happy with and also what I imagined my final piece to be.


I put my original top on the mannequin and have altered the design slightly. I have a halterneck style strap and a zip in the back. I have also made a plain white box pleated skirt with a zip in the back. I am now happy with my final piece as my skirt works well with my top but also the pleating went well. There are things on them both that needs to be improved. These things are the hem on the skirt and also the top needs to match up at the back.


I plan to do a photoshoot with my garments on Tuesday 9th May in the morning. I want to have a dark background as my garments are bright and I think they would look better and stand out more on a dark background. I want my model to wear heels as I think my garments are less casual and are more smart. I think heel would work better with them than casual shoes. As my model is a makeup artist, she has asked me what I would like the makeup to be like. I asked her if she could create something bright as my work is based of Jamaica. She said she’d work on some designs for me and show me what she comes up with.

Review of week 8 24/4/17

I planned to make my designs on illustrator so that I can print my fabric ready to construct my garment. I managed to create 8 designs that I could use. I got these designs printed as small samples. I did this so that I could see how these designs would turn out after being printed and also because I could then see what the designs looked like with my top. I decided on a design and plan to print it for my final piece. I also planned to digital print my final piece and also construct my skirt. I didn’t manage to do this as I couldn’t use the digital printer and I also had to tweak my designs slightly. I plan to do this next week. 

Review of week 6 10/4/17

This week I planned to do my research. I did my research so that I could carry on with my final piece. From doing this research, I am now able to carry on and also improve my final piece and design ideas. I tried out different designs designs to use for my final piece and am now closer to a final design. I have also decided to digital print my fabric instead of painting it on freehand. I made his decision as I can’t be sure painting would be neat whereas digital printing would turn out a lot better than the paint.