Convertible Collar Blouse

I am currently working on my Master of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion Merchandising at the Academy of Arts University. I love it! This semester I have been working on my garment constructing skills.

My favorite garment that I have constructed so far is the Convertible Collar blouse. I love the puff sleeves! They look cute and add versatility to the shirt. I also love the yoke and the convertible collar. I like the collar because it adds versatility to the shirt and the yoke adds a classy clean look to the shirt. Its just my favorite!

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The convertible collar can be worn buttoned up all the way to the top and it changes the whole look and feel of the shirt. 

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Have you constructed any garments this year?

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The American Dream

The concept behind the American dream, is that every US citizen has and opportunity to succeed. By being determined and working hard.

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In this piece Hollywood (night) by Mac George Prints, we have the world famous Hollywood sign. Many people believed that if they wanted to be taken seriously as an actor they had to move to California and go to Hollywood. The “town of the stars” is where actors fled to, in order to become world famous movie stars. In this image, the sky is full of twinkling stars. The bright lights from the city buildings illuminate the sky. The Modern house on the left signifies the fortune in Hollywood. The palm trees and the mountains give this image a since of relaxed and good living. The airplane in the sky gives the viewers a glimpse of the good life by signifying travel and prosperity.

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In this piece we see the “dream” family. A happily married couple with one daughter and one son. They seem to be having so much fun while barbecuing huge steaks and tons of hot dogs. The abundance of wealth and materialism are shown here in this image. This family has it all, happiness, tons of brand name equipment and they are prospering. This is the kind of image the media published to the world to promote the American Dream. The easy of having it all, happiness, wealth and an abundance of positions all available to Americans.

If I saw this image and I was living in another country, I too would strive and work as hard as I could to get here. Images like this were used to show people of what could be accomplished. These were used as inspiration to the audience. One thing they failed to mention was, if you work for it you will earn it. Many people expect to get here without any hard work or effort. Then they just complain about it being all lies.

What does the American Dream mean to you?

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Unusual Pants

This week I am working on creating straight leg pants. I am currently sewing it right now out of muslin fabric. As soon as I am done, I will be posting pictures! I notice that pants can be really fun and creative.698640b7b4d3c26961beafc4fefa8fd8

I have gathered three examples of unusual pant closures, other than the fly front zipper. The following images that I chose are some of the most different front closures I have seen. They definitely stray from the usual fly front Zipper.

 

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Increased Reliance on Technology

Is the increased reliance upon technology a positive or negative trend?

In my opinion there is both.

The positive side of this increased reliance upon technology is that we are now free to search for our own questions. All at the power of our finger tips. This helps us get to the root of answers instead of waiting around for someone else to answer our questions. We are now reliable on our selves. The Negative side affect of this reliance of technology is that the internet is full of false information. There is tons of content that are just like this, opinions. Some opinions are formed very well that they sound like facts! It is up to the reader to decide weather it is true or false.

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This image is of a factual website. This is where people gather their opinions of others and display them for their readers, for entertainment purposes only.

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Too Much Media Coverage

“The first group of Special Operations forces headed into northern Syria will come from the United States and could be on the ground within the month, according to a senior defense official.”

 

The United States is set to deploy troops on the ground in Syria for the first time to advise and assist rebel forces combating ISIS, multiple officials said Friday, October 30, 2015. A senior administration official said that the U.S. would be deploying "fewer than 50" U.S. Special Operations forces to Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria. The American troops will help local Kurdish and Arab forces fighting ISIS with logistics and are planning to bolster their efforts.
“The United States is set to deploy troops on the ground in Syria for the first time to advise and assist rebel forces combating ISIS, multiple officials said Friday, October 30, 2015. A senior administration official said that the U.S. would be deploying “fewer than 50″ U.S. Special Operations forces to Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria. The American troops will help local Kurdish and Arab forces fighting ISIS with logistics and are planning to bolster their efforts.”

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Do you think that it is possible to have too much media coverage?

YES!

I remember, when this news broke out. It was on the television for about 3 days straight. All the different news channels where reporting different

aria_c13645420151103120100Breaking news. Some news channels said that the president had confirmed war with Syria. Others said that it was official, we had boots on ground in Syria. It was blown out of proportion. I stopped watching the news after this. In the series of 3 days my emotions kept fluctuating from over whelming to not knowing what was actually happening. The media had way to much coverage on this topic, that they began given educated opinions to what was going. They made these seem as if they were facts and then bloggers, news paper writers and other political enthusiast began inputting their opinions and it was a huge story. Eventually this hot story died down. The media was just gobbling everything up.

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Source for quotes and images :

Syria: Obama authorizes boots on ground to fight ISIS
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By Barbara Starr and Jeremy Diamond, CNN
Updated 7:16 PM ET, Fri October 30, 2015

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Yoke, Functional or Decoration?

The Purpose of the yoke is versatile. It is used for design detail, function and decorative. In the images gathered, I can see that the yoke is in pants to make them closer to the body at the waist. They are used in this skirt to make it closer to the body at the waist as well as to add design detail in form of a V shape in the back. This is both flattering to the back side and adds a fullness to the skirt.

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The yoke is used as a decorative design in the gray shirt, since the shirt is already tight fitting, the lace yoke is merely a decoration. In the dress however, it is used with two functions. A decorative design to accent the dress and a form fitting design to fit closer to the chest.

I love the yoke as a design detail, decorative and for its functionality! It is a fun way to accent any piece.

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Latest Blouse Styles

I have collected various blouse styles from the latest designer collections. Looking over these we can see the various blouse styles showing a variety of closures, sleeves, collars, and fabrics.

Ralph Lauren Cape top:

This is one of my favorite designs. The Cape top works well with the body. The round neck and long cape sleeves, gives it a nice clean look.

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Roundneck
Long cape sleeves
Polyester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ralph Lauren Short Sleeve top:

The banded crewneck works well in making this piece, a clean everyday shirt. The short sleeves give it a casual feel.

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Viscose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander McQueen Ruffled Lace Blouse:

I love this blouse! The round neck, long sleeves and lace gives this top the freedom to be worn for almost every occasion.

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Round neck
Long sleeves
Back yoke with box pleat
Polyamide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander McQueen Ruffled Blouse:

This semi-sheer blouse looks refreshing and free, just in time for spring! I love the colors and the varies ruffle panels added through the shirt.
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Stand collar
Sleeveless
Ruffled panels
Silk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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