Design Layout #2

Salut les chéries!  How are you all tonight?  I am currently cramming for midterms as I have my pattern drafting test tomorrow and a fashion midterm on Tuesday.  You could say I’m pretty swamped at the moment, especially since I also have a ton of projects due this week!  But then it’s homeward bound on Thursday for Thanksgiving!  Yay!  Anyway, I was very productive today and I finished my design layout for this week.  This week’s theme was Hierarchy, Balance & Proportion.  I must say, I’m pretty proud of this layout in particular because I did it on Photoshop!  Go me!

Here it is:



Design Layout 2.2

It definitely turned out nicer than I thought it would, but I have to say I prefer collaging over Photoshopping.  We have to do a layout every two weeks, so I’ll be starting the next one pretty soon and I’ll show you all when it’s done!

Anyway, I really must get back to manipulating pattern pieces and memorizing measurements!

Goodnight lovelies!






Design Layout #1

Good evening darlings,

As I sit here in the sewing lab, I’ve decided I have the time to show you all my first design layout I created for my Fundamentals of Colour and Design class.  We had to create a design layout either on Photoshop or collaging using magazine images.  I decided to do collage style, because I personally love that kind of thing, it’s so soothing.  Yes, a bit weird, I know.  Anyway, the layout had to convey space, point, shape and line; and it had to include a paragraph about those elements.  I know the picture quality is terrible, and I apologize.  I hope you still get the idea of what the layout is showing.

Eryn Lalonde Design Layout #1

Yes, so I meant to post this for y’all ages ago but I just haven’t found the time.  Between getting projects finished, writing papers, doing readings and studying for midterms, I am completely swamped.  It is crazy work hours and even more hours of procrastination.  But I think in the end, all of this will be worth it, because next year I’ll be doing more of what I want to be doing, like the business aspect of fashion and less of the artsy side.

Anyway dollies, have a good night and I hope to show more of my work soon!  I’m almost finished my Big Shirt so I’ll be able to show you pictures of that soon!



Ryerson Grad to Successful Entrepreneur

Upon first meeting Tammy Yiu in her studio on King Street West I was immediately struck by her cheerful manner and welcoming attitude. The small group of fashion students that arrived to interview her was not an imposition but something she was happy to do. The creative director of OSC Cross and principal graphic designer of SQUAB Creative Studio is a graduate of the Ryerson University Fashion Communications program. Since graduating she has established a name for herself in the busy industry.

An Oakville native, Tammy applied to several universities for journalism and to Ryerson University for Fashion Communications. Growing up around the business side of fashion, she believed that fashion was not something for her. It was not until visiting the Ryerson campus that she realized where she needed to be and that communications was something that was of interested to her. Now she is a successful graphic designer with her own company, SQUAB. Tammy was motivated to found SQUAB in 2009 because she didn’t want to do anything related to fashion after graduating. She started interning at TBWA and was later hired as a graphic designer doing advertisements. After leaving TBWA she became an in-house designer for a small gourmet bakery, giving her more time to do freelance work on the side. She explains how she was motivated to found SQUAB, “I took a chance, and decided to try and maybe do this full time on my own and see how it goes”. The first year was “brutal” and really all about getting her foot in the door. In 2011, she became the creative director for OSC Cross. “When the opportunity arose, I volunteered”. The opportunity presented itself when her family’s manufacturing company decided to start a new brand of outerwear made in Toronto. “I could see the window of opportunity in my mind and I decided to take it”. What started off as a simple idea, has now grown and expanded internationally. When asked about her plans for the future and where she sees her career being in the next five years, she laughs and says it’s difficult to plan five years ahead. So much has changed for her in the past year that she has found it’s almost impossible to predict what will happen within five. She has learned to stop planning as much and just “roll with the punches”. However, Tammy does say that she wants to see OSC Cross grow and maintain itself, because she would like to keep putting equal amounts of time into OSC Cross and SQUAB, which she would prefer to keep small and simple.

Tammy explains that over the years she has learned many important lessons about life and the industry. She says the biggest lesson she has recently learned is to try and be as organized as possible. She began using a calendar and forcing herself to meet personal deadlines. Having coworkers in the studio helps to keep her in check, she tells us. Her advice to fashion students was “go to as many events as possible”. Some of the better partnerships they have at SQUAB are due to word of mouth, and connections from Ryerson.


Tammy Yiu in front of OSC Cross outerwear


SQUAB and OSC Cross Studio


SQUAB and OSC Cross Studio

University Life

Well hello dolls,

I’ve finally started the university life at my dream school, Ryerson University! It’s definitely more than I expected in every way possible. I’m loving every second of it. My new roomies are absolutely fantastic and even better, we are four fashion girls living together. Definitely the place I want to be! Classes started last week and I have to say that I am going to be learning A LOT this year. It’s definitely not going to be easy, but I mean, what better way to prep us for the fashion industry? Obviously that won’t be easy either. I really haven’t had time to make anything since I got here since I’ve just been so crazy busy with everything going on, and I had to leave my trusty sewing machine back home. Sad face. Yes, I definitely miss being able to just sew all day on my back porch in the sunlight. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in the big city, but there are definitely some things I miss about back home. Number one, my sewing machine!
But not to worry, I’ll be starting the Big Shirt project for my Fashion Design class soon and I’m sure that will give me quite enough sewing time.
I’m thinking I’ll most likely be posting a lot about my classes and Ryerson life, so for all you ladies and gentlemen out there thinking of applying to Fashion at Ryerson, stay tuned because this will definitely give you a look into what the program is like!
But not to worry, my darlings, I will still find time to post my own sewing projects when I can!



De retour..

Hello all!
Well I’ve been gone for about a year now. I unexpectedly decided to take the time away from my new blog because I felt I just wasn’t able to continue regularly posting new things. Alas, I am often uninspired! However, I’ve come back with a new credo: Post when I have something worth posting. This blog isn’t my life, and so I’ve decided I’m going to try and post something at least once a week, just to keep this thing going. I wish I was as dedicated to make this blog a daily kind of thing, but unfortunately I have other things to do in my life. For example, I’m going to be starting university in a couple weeks! Yes, darlings, I got into Ryerson! I even finished that coat that I designed! I’ll have to upload a picture sometime soon when I get the chance! I’m getting a new dress form soon so maybe that will be the first garment I put on it!

I hope there’s still some lovely people out there who like to look at what I post, and if there are then you’re in luck because I’ve been busy as a bee lately. While I’ve been procrastinating my packing for university, I’ve been sewing quite a bit as well as a lot over the past year! I have several new garments to show you and tell you how I did them!

Stay tuned.


DIY Gathered Skirt

Hello dearies!  I found this lovely lavender jersey a while back but I hadn’t found the time to do anything with it until this week.  Since I’m on spring break, I’ve had plenty of time to work a bunch of little projects I’ve wanted to do.  I decided to make an adorable high waisted ruched skirt out of this fabric, and it turned out absolutely lovely!Image

This is the light jersey fabric I got.  I bought about a metre.


So I started out by making a pattern for the skirt part.  I just used a bristol board, and then traced it onto some tissue paper, which I pinned to the fabric when I cut.  It was easy enough.  So first I had to take my measurements, which I’ve displayed on the picture below.  (It’s length is 25″.)ImageSo after I cut two of this piece, I basted the edges together.  I did it by hand, but it’s definitely possible to do it using the machine as well.  In fact, it’s probably easier to baste on the machine, but mine doesn’t do it very well, so I just chose to save myself the hassle and do it by hand.  After I basted the edges, I pulled the ends of the threads to create the ruched effect.  I kept going until my skirt was about half the length it originally was.  After this came the tricky part.  I had to sew the edges and keep the ruffles in place.  I’ll admit it took me a couple tries and a LOT of tweaking before it finally looked right.  So my suggestion to you is really push those folds together and push them right into the needle.  I found that if I didn’t keep holding the folds together until they were literally right under the needle, they flattened out and then I had to go over them again.  ImageThis is what the skirt looked like after I pulled the threads to create the gathers.

So, see where the fabric folds and gathers along the edges?  Just hold those together and push them right through the machine to keep them from flattening out when sewing the edges together.

Anyway, after sewing the two sides, I turned the skirt right side out and it was time to sew the waistband in place.  For the waist band, I cut a long rectangle that was the width of my waist and 6″ in length.  I then folded it in half so it was 3″ x 27″ and then I folded it again so it was half the width and I had a big circle.  I sewed the two 3″ sides together so I had my waistband.  I then sewed the bottom of the waist band to the top of my skirt.Image

Sewing the waistband on.

This way when I flip up the waist band, everything is the right side out and it all looks nice and neat.

ImageI really like this skirt, because it’s going to be perfect for springtime.  The colour is absolutely lovely, and it’s one of those skirts that hides all those unwanted bumps and lumps thanks to the gathers in the fabric.  It really smooths everything out, but defines all the right places, due to the stretchy fabric.  And it’s great because I can adjust the gathers make it longer or shorter depending on where I’m going.  I’m very happy with my little project.

Hope this inspires more fashionistas out there to start sewing and be creative!