Yup I started at the end of August and am about halfway through my semester! I have to hand in my major assignments for this block on thursday so at the moment its all a bit stressful!
The course is quite a bit different to my one at home, at home we focus a lot more on the technical side of things like pattern making and construction of garments and also do quite a lot of CAD work on the computers, where as here its a lot more about design and forecasting and trend research, which is good because its teaching me a lot!
Amsterdam itself is really awesome, its a lot different from home in some ways, like the fact that its so flat, and it has a lot more history than anywhere in NZ, and everyone rides bikes and stuff, but its good because its also quite similar in some ways, like the canals remind me of the beaches at home, and the people here seem to be fairly similar to kiwis! The thing at the moment that im finding hardest is the weather, its SO cold already, the temperature is about what it would be in the very coldest bit of winter in new zealand, and its only half way thru autumn so i dont know how im going to deal with the middle of winter!
It hasnt been that hard, but we have a guy here at uni whose entire job is to organise all the outbound and inbound exchanges so he's kind of organised a lot of it. We got the application form for housing emailled to us so if you want to PM me with your email address (or actually you can probably email me, i think my email address is in my profile) then i can forward it to you. The course thing, that really confused me too, but i basically in the end didnt have much choice cos i had to choose the one that would credit back to my course here in nz the best.
Yup, I'm going for the 1st semester, so I leave here in August and am in the Netherlands until January sometime...I'm super excited! I'm going to be studying fashion and design i think its called? It used to be design and styling I think.
Omg both those costumes are so cool! If she knows its me ringing, my friend Kate answers the phone saying "Buddy the Elf, whats youe favourite colour?"...only once it wasn't me and was infact her boss. I LOVE Will Ferrel (even tho I cant spell his name right!), maybe next year you should go as Ron Burgandy, cos Anchorman is my other favourite movie of his, hahaha!
Thats pretty much the simplest style of dress you can make. Its just a plain a-line shift, it doesnt even look like it has any darts which is a plus. The first one has an empire line though but that doesnt make any difference, its basically just an extra seam to sew. I probably wouldnt makie it out of a long-sleeved t-shirt pattern because thats going to be smaller because you make it with knit fabric, and that dress looks like its made from a woven fabric.
I don't think it's a rolled hem. I think it's actually serged.
A rolled hem is actually done on an overlocker/serger, you just flick this little switch thing forward and voila, rolled hem! (and if you have a 4-thread overlocker, you have to take one of the needles and the needle thread out)
Wow thats such an incredibly awesome bag. I've never worked with vinyl (does anyone else always get the urge to write vinyl like vynil?) but I have a walking foot which came with my machine and is supposed to make it easier to sew thick layers and the like, but I dont know how to use it!!
I think its the campus in Rochester? In Kent somewhere anyway I think. Or I think we can go to Leeds too, but that might just be the Graphic Design students, I'm not sure.
I can't decide if I wanna go or not though, I was dead keen on applying but then I realised that the semester I'm gone is the semester that we learn to use the huge knitwear machines and stuff here, and thats something I really want to know, so I have to think about it all and weigh up my options haha!
That fabric is great. I had a zen micro (in purple) and it was fantastic for pretty much a year. But then the week the warrenty ran out, the headphone jack, where you plug the headphones in, crapped out and you could only hear anything if you pushed the headphones over to one side the whole time you were listening - which made it pretty useless if you wanted to do anything more than sit still on the bus (I couldnt use it for running, or when I was in the library or anything, it was so annoying.) And my sister had a green one and the on-off button stopped working, so the only way she could turn it on or off was to take the battery out. But that did something to the battery so it wouldnt charge anymore. But my other sister still had hers and it works fine, and she got hers at a different time, so maybe it was a weird bacth or something, i dunno. And i did thrash mine, i used it like 3 hours a day (i know, i know, my poor ears! hahah) So...we both ended up buying ipods through the duty free bit when we went on holiday, haha.