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About maggi toner-edgar

Creative Style Consultancy Fashion and Textile Practitioner Art/Education Writer/Research

Drawing classes for would be artists


051 Go to this link to see an advert at the Gallery Artemis for my next drawing course.

http://www.galleryartemis.co.uk/art-workshops/

It is called drawing for doubters – we run a very personal session for small numbers learning some amazing drawing techniques which could transform how you feel about your creative skills.

Please ring Yvette at the gallery to book your place as there are still a few spaces left.

Hope to see you then.


Pattern Cutting Sunday 20th September: create paper pattern for a dress


If you fancy an idyllic Sunday 20th September creating a perfect paper pattern for a dress to fit and suit your figure type. We work in a magnificent location with lovely homemade lunch, ring Annie and book onto a course at the Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Cycle Cafe, Cumbria.   http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/textiles.htm…

There are spaces available so book early. Looking forward to seeing you there – you get a free copy of my E-book, ‘Be Remarkable’.

Lovely colourful shift dress

Lovely colourful shift dress

Straight fitted sleeveless dress

Straight fitted sleeveless dres

Hermes style dress with a lovely pink band at the hem

Add sleeves or jacket to make it more formal.

Add sleeves or jacket to make it more formal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you did one last year then come along and build your sleeve and collar patterns.  You can easily alter neckline, shape of dress, fabric weight and pattern hem length and width to create a multitude of styles.  Just change the fabric and change the look and season – so easy – make more roomy and add a turle neck for autumn.Hope to see some of you there.


Capsule Wardrobe


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Twiggy – the simple clean 60s look great for androgynous figure types who love to show their legs.

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Jeans the staple…

General tips

Capsule Wardrobe

If you think about the job of a fashion designer, part of it is to devise a collection that works together for the brand.  Therefore, all dresses, tops, skirts and trousers are usually interchangeable within each range to encourage the client to stay shopping with the same company showing devoted loyalty.  This is the type of collection that would be produced and this can form your capsule wardrobe if you are clever in your colour and fabric choices.

Given these 12 items you would be able to create 40 outfits with them.  What more does a woman need?

  1. One good quality woollen coat, classic in style but perhaps a strong colour, one trenchcoat short or long, classic usually works the best, to use anywhere (or a padded outdoor jacket for more casual wear).
  2. Two well fitted superb good quality suits, (or more commonly these days two sets of separates) which work well together jackets trousers/skirts.
  3. Two pieces of good quality knitwear a bold coloured cardigan and preferably a loose V-necked merino or cashmere sweater in a simple neutral colour eg: taupe, black, navy or grey.
  4. One day dress in black/navy – corporate coloured jersey with sleeves, which can be worn from day through to evening, with flats or heels, not too revealing or covered up or can be worn with your cardigan.
  5. One stunning but simple evening dress in a bold colour of your choice if you suit black this is the easiest to wear, if not go for a colour that you suit red, pink, emerald, purple, blue or cream are good bold choices depending upon your colour type. This should fit well and be of sumptuous cloth, preferably lined and working well with one of your coats/jackets.
  6. A pair of simple good fitting jeans, which feel ultra comfy and look good with everything else in your wardrobe, pick a good make but ensure comfort and fit comes before brand.
  7. One pair of sandals/loafers or ballet pump flats, a pair of heeled leather court shoe/boots a stylish and elegant pair of evening shoes and a pair of boots/hightops.
  8. Finally at least 4 tops or shirts in a variety of styles and colours and fabrics to dress up your suits, preferably interchangeable with both suits and jeans. This is where you can add to the selection and ring the changes.

If you start to imagine all of these together in different combinations, I am sure you too could create at least 40 outfits.  I managed 57 varieties with all the different accessories, tops and permutations bearing in mind that all the colours should work together.

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Boned- bodice evening wear – Singer Sargent 1884 (Classic chic )


Shopping Mantra


 Remember the ‘Shopping Mantra’ – 6 C’s CHARACTER,  CLOTH,  COLOUR,  CUT,  COST and  CORRECT FIT don’t buy if you have to lie  – to yourself about any one of these. My Shopping Mantra, which has been very useful and saved women lots of money. See the Capsule Wardrobe tip sheet which goes alongside this. Plan your wardrobe, after a wardrobe session keep the list in your purse of what would actually extend the pieces you already have. Don’t go shopping when trying to cheer yourself up. Don’t buy too many disparate prints in clashing colours that need careful matching. Don’t buy too long, big and baggy unless you are very tall. Don’t buy unless it matches your capsule wardrobe basics (personalise this to your colourways). Don’t buy if the cost, cloth, character, colour, cut and size are incorrect for you – it has to be right in every way or it is a waste of money. Don’t buy on a whim, go think about it and then return, you may realise you have a top exactly like it or that you need another colour – or may need something else. DO: Use special events to purchase something you have always wanted and make sure it becomes your beloved well worn staple, rather than just adding to a diverse difficult to match collection. Decide what other hobby/interest makes you feel good as opposed to shopping to cheer yourself up, trying a new hair style or make-up look, hair accessories or a lovely magazine to give you ideas for revamping or reusing or to help you update your look with a few accessories. Write a list of things that make you feel happy and use them as a means of focusing your shopping trips or afternoons off. Eg:- spend some of your usual shopping time meeting for coffee with friends you rarely see. Try to be more creative with the clothes you already have.  Find a good dressmaker to alter previous expensive purchases and update them. DO BUY THOUGHTFULLY AND NOT TOO OFTEN SO THAT YOU DON’T FEEL GUILTY AS THESE ARE THE PURCHASES THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD.  Remember the ‘Shopping Mantra’ CHARACTER,  CLOTH,  COLOUR,  CUT,  COST and  CORRECT FIT don’t buy if you have to lie  – to yourself about any one of these.    


Lanvin: Master of Bias


An old favourite of mine – would simply love to see this exhibition, I love the way it is described in this little vid.

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http://www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr/en/exhibitions/jeanne-lanvin

Jeanne Lanvin, evening dress, 1935-1936. Collection of the Palais Galliera. Photo : © R. Briant et L. Degrâces / Galliera / Roger-Viollet

Alber Elbaz is very emotional, but whilst describing the dresses the white satin one for me could be worn today totally timeless, classic and elegant chic.

Today the first Paris exhibition devoted to Jeanne Lanvin, founder of the oldest French fashion house still in business, opens at the Palais Galliera. Curated by Olivier Saillard in collaboration with Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz, the show explores the breadth of Jeanne Lanvin’s artistry as a designer. Style.com’s Tim Blanks had the opportunity to preview the show with Elbaz to discuss the importance of her work, from the house’s iconic mother/daughter logo to Jeanne Lanvin’s final piece—a simple dress with “wings.” Elbaz explains that for years Jeanne Lanvin didn’t get the recognition she deserved because her pieces whispered, they didn’t shout. “But when you go deeper…,” he says. Take a deeper look with Elbaz and Blanks here.

Jeanne Lanvin is on display at the Palais Galliera through August 23.​


Flying with the flag of no colour : sorry meant white


After going on about flying colours = look at all this lovely whitestuff!  I am just addicted to anything lacey, holey, semi-transparent, diaphonous, delicate, feminine and girly without looking too frilly.  This has got to be it, pity that my weather and pocket might forbit it this Spring.  Go see more of what Christian Siriano is doing for SS 2015.  Number three is a good one for me – giving me inspiration already can feel some stitching coming on…

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Great style blogger


Go see the last straggler – she has a lovely blog which involves a lot of time and effort with stunning examples of unique style, music and art.

I just love her choices       https://thelaststraggler.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/bag-lust-nathalie-trad/

See below Erykah Badu: Queen of style:  Just so unique so colourful so true to her own feelings and ideas, just love when all the character oozes out of the person through their sense of individuality. Also some great blog posts on Nathalie Trad bags – lovely ….  or if she isn’t your cup of tea ( as it were) go more https://mybubblegumblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/key-trends-at-new-york-fashion-week/  bubblegum a totally different approach and a great update on New York Fashion Week.

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