Sunday, 8 February 2015

Cherry Blossom Tree Chardon

A couple of weeks ago, I had another interview. My last interview. It quite frankly needed to go well because after getting 2 rejections from other uni's I was running out of options! My interview dress obviously wasn't cutting it so I came up with this outfit instead. I felt happy wearing it and hopefully that came across in the interview. Ironically this was the only place that didn't ask whether I was wearing something that I've made and I made all 3 pieces in this outfit! (Under the pink jumper I'm wearing a white archer)
I asked for the Chardon pattern for my birthday because I've been eyeing it up for some time. I've tried many an improvised pleated skirt in the past, which haven't been so successful so I saved the tears and frustration and just used the pattern instead!
After wearing it that day, I made 2 little pleats at the side seam because it was a bit big at the waist but it's fine now. The fabric was given to me by some friends for my birthday and the print is gorgeous. I managed to squeeze it out of the 1 metre but had to sacrifice any print matching. However, as I can't see the skirt from the back and the front is cut on the fold everything is fine!
The skirt is fastened with an invisible zip at the centre back and the hem was finished with bias binding because I didn't want to sacrifice any of the length. I had to sacrifice a fair bit of the length fitting it on the fabric already. Okay, the pockets. This is the second time I've put inseam pockets into a garment (the first was my pajama bottoms) and I love them! They are just so useful. I must admit, I keep trying to put my hands in the non-existant pockets of my other skirts so I need to put more pockets in skirts, stat!
This outfit must have done the trick, because the interview was successful and I'm going to uni next year to do a degree in costume production! Woo! Thanks to Dad for accompanying (chauffeuring) me and taking pictures in the convenient park next to the uni, and for the post-interview fabric shopping. That was also very good.
Thanks for reading!
Lauren xx


27 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Where will you be going? I'm sure you'll love every minute of it. The skirt is amazing, by the way :-)

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    1. Thank you! I'm going to Rose Bruford College which is just on the outskirts of London, so I'm looking forward to lots of theatre trips!

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  2. Congratulations! What a talent - looking forward to following your progress

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait to start the course.

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  3. well done you! costume production sounds fantastic. i'm welsh history which is a little less creative...sewing for a degree would be awesome! you'll have an amazing time

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    1. Thanks Beth! I know next to nothing about welsh history! Do you know what you want to do after your degree?

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  4. YES! Your outfit definitely helped you get in. And now the rest of your life begins... Exciting times.Thanks for sharing a momentous occasion, and looking fabulous.

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    1. Thank you Karen! It's all very exciting, and also pretty scary. I'm extremely apprehensive about life without a dishwasher.

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  5. No wonder you got in, that skirt is great!

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  6. Congratulations on the successful interview, looking forward to seeing what you make along the way! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait to get into the nitty gritty of costume making!

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  7. Congratulations! The outfit is lovely, they would have been idiots not to accept you.

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  8. Oh wow! That's wonderful news! Huge congratulations! you have so much talent, and they are lucky to have you. Can't wait to see all your makes throughout the course :)

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    1. Thanks Alice! I can't wait to get making!

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  9. Brilliant very well done. A dream of a degree!

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  10. Great skirt, the fabric is lovely. And congrats on getting into the course!

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  11. Excellent news! Congratulations, I hope you have a fantastic time!! Nice outfit too!

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  12. Congratulations! And that's a fantastic outfit!

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  13. Wow congratulations, I've been following your blog since I came across it on DidYouMakeThat and I love what you do. I can't believe you were rejected by two unis - their loss and your gain. I have loved seeing how your skills have developed, I think your sewing is brilliant. Sorry to be anonymous but I don't have a Google account.

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    1. Thank you so much! I can't wait to develop my skills even more throughout the next couple of years!

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  14. I'm so SO excited for you! (Also I'm really behind in blog reading!) I knew you'd get in to a good university doing what you want to do - you just had to find the right place, and obviously, the first two places weren't right for you. =)

    When I got my first job after college, I showed up for the interview and was interviewed by someone in a different department than the costume shop where I would be working. The only question he asked was "can you sew?" I said yes and asked if he'd like to see my portfolio and he said "no" and hired me! lol! Sometimes you know you're on the right path just because no one asks questions.

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