Laser cutting - The first picture in the slideshow above shows three different techniques that I used to experiment with different outcomes in the production of my zip toggles.
-- Hollow toggle - This toggle was my favourite, however the smaller the toggle became the weaker the structure became as well.
-- Duo level toggle - The design I created was burnt away leaving the outline at the original height. This technique is very effective but not what I wanted in the end.
-- Engraved toggle - This toggle was the most durable as there was not many places where the structure could be weakened. I cut 8 of these toggles and 6 of them were used for Look 5.
Felt rose - I learnt how to make these from watching youtube videos. They are super quick and easy to make. They would have been perfect if I was using them on the garment exteriors or for other uses, but they were not right for their intended purpose as they are quite heavy and bulky when used in clusters.
Fabric rose - This was experimented with as an alternative to the felt roses as they were much lighter due to fabric choice. They were constructed in a similar way but different widths of fabric were used and layered on top of each other to create depth and a truer likeness to real flowers.
Wood print on fabric - I created a print with the wooden shapes left from my laser cut sessions. These would work well on loose garments but on garments that are form fitting they wouldn't have the right aesthetic.
Felt on felt repeat print - This arrangement inspired me to use the same layout for the dress in Look 2 and the skirt in Look 3. Although I used different materials the placement came from this experimentation. I played around with scale as well before finding the right fit for each garment.
Layered rose - Rather than layering the rose petal cut outs on top of each other, I placed the top layer slightly off centre so the bottom layer acted as a shadow. Although I liked this technique adding it into the collection wouldn't have been the right decision as it would have been loose where it wasn't sewn or tacked in place.
Pinched felt rose - I thought of this idea by accident. The original experimentation was to layer two rose felt cut outs on top of each other and machine sew straight through the middle to hold it on. When I began to pinch the edges to reveal the layer underneath I new technique came to mind. This is quite time consuming and I feel it only works well with bigger shapes.