As someone who has personally always struggled with body image and always shopping for clothes only to realise they don't cater for my size I thought it was really important to make sure that anything I designed was made for everyone which is where the idea behind my final collection came from.
My collection is all adjustable to fit every size through use of gathering drawstrings, and this is definitely something I look to carry on with in the future. My style of design is big bold and bright! I love to use lots of colour and exaggerated silhouettes and like to add texture with materials such as tulle. I don't believe in labels so my work is all genderless and because my garments alter and have very little waste when pattern cutting they're pretty sustainable too!
For my collection a main inspiration was feeling positive in your own skin so I looked at close up images of skin texture and skin abnormalities and from this designed a pattern I then created from tulle ruffles. I was also really inspired by the texture of wrinkles and stretch marks which reminded me of the look of gathers which was a big method used for my collection.
Another big factor was colour, as I wanted this collection to radiate positivity! I looked into colour theory and made a survey asking what words people related to different colours and I then chose the colours which people described with happy and positive connotations.
As my collection is adjustable, I used different methods to enable me to do this. I firstly would make sure to cut the pattern pieces large enough to fit the biggest size in the uk which is a 44. I then would create tunnels in places I wanted the fabric to be synched to create shape! elastic was added into the tunnels with a toggle for easy adjusting. For the main fabric I used a beautiful pink taffeta kindly donated by McQueen! For the bottom of the dress, I made a ruffle from an orange fabric and then used this for the bow around the neck also, which acted the same as the elastic to alter the size. One feature I love about the dress is the pockets in the side seams which allow for a bit more practicality.