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Long Time No Post

August 10, 2007

Hello All,

I realize it’s been quite a while since I last updated… I will try to stay on top of things a little more. Due to my insane schedule this month, my normal state of dis-organization has gotten even worse. I have tons of school papers and projects floating around in my car just begging to be put in binders.

Because of the fact that I will be in classes right up until the runway show, I am voluntarily taking some classes a few quarters early in order to lighten my load down the line. However, this means that I am in class (this month) 5 to 6 days a week… no, I don’t know how I do it either! This month my line up for classes is: History of Fashion II, Computer Aided Design II, Grading III (grading my black dress pattern), Technical Flat Sketch, and Design: Line and Proportion.

Let’s talk for a minute about Flat Sketch… which I must say is a total pain in the ass. In the course of one hour I not only developed turrets but also an extreme hatred for pants. The process of producing a flat sketch is basically this:

Lay the item out on a table. Take dozens of measurements of said item. Use these measurements to create an accurate to scale (and detailed) drawing of the item.

It isn’t exactly hard, but can get confusing (aka: frustrating as hell). I don’t think anybody really enjoys doing this, but it’s one of those skills that will be useful in finding a job in the industry.

Also, in September I begin work on my storyboards for my line. So I’ve been spending my downtime working on designing my line. I’m not going to give it away to you guys (you’ll have to wait and see) but it’s a fall collection, and I’m playing with a 20’s drop-waist sort of silhouette. I have a few solid pieces designed, but the rest I’m still working on. There’s also the possibility that I’ll completely change my mind a dozen more time too… I’m a gemini, it’s what we do.

Pack Like a Pro

June 18, 2007

I’m leaving on Wednesday for a short trip back home to visit friends and family (yay!). I travel semi frequently, so I thought I’d share my packing tips.

Since I rarely take a trip longer than a week (and I suspect the airlines don’t give a crap about my stuff) I’m a carry-on only kinda gal. The key to this is to maximize space, and minimize wrinkling. You will need 1 carry-on bag/suitcase, and 1 totebag (or a Murse if you’re a dude).

Suitcase: 1) Lay any nice pants, jackets or dresses flat along the bottom, leaving extra length hanging out of the suitcase. (you will later fold that extra up over your other packed items) 

2) Any jeans or non-wrinkle pron items can be folded as usual and set on top of the first layer.

3) Fold tops lengthwise in half (hotdog style), stack on top of each other, and roll ’em like sushi. Rolling = less folding = less wrinkling. The one verticle fold in the shirt will come out easily when you wear it. It also helps if you separate your rolls by sleve length, so you know whats in what bundle (ie: tanks, long sleve, etc.)

4) Now flip the excess lenth of the first layer (step 1) up over the rest of your clothing. These clothes are now basically wrapped around all of your other clothes and are sitting in a soft U shape. No folds, no wrinkles!

5) Put shoes in along the side walls of the bag, sole facing away from your nice clean clothes.

6) Now get out that 1 liter zip-lock baggie and fill it with your liquid toiletries (3oz. or less). If your salon will give you little sample packets of shampoo and such, this is even better since they are flat. Also take your regular toiletry pouch with your brushes and other non liquids, you can transfer from your zip-lock after the flight. Luckily I use mineral makeup (powder), so this creates some much needed room in my zip lock.

7) Toiletries should go in your tote so that you can pull the zip-lock out easily for security checks. Your tote will be most accessable during the trip, so pack your purse essentials, passport, magazines, ipod, etc. in the tote.

Thats about it; I’d love to hear your tips for packing as well!

First Post!

June 15, 2007

Hello Reader!

Welcome to my blog. Though this is more of a belated welcome, as I dont have any readers right now… you probably found this in the archives 🙂

A little bit about myself, and the future of this blog:

As of right now, I have about 9 months to go until I graduate from fashion design school. I love clothes (and  purses, and shoes, duh!), and I love the fact that these things (if done correctly) are functional art. I realize that the fashion industry is mysterious to outsiders. Part of the reason I’m creating this blog is to share my thoughts and experiences as I become part of this world. I am still in the process of becoming a fashion “insider” and learning new things everyday.

I hope to include:

School projects/experiences, fashion related tidbits and gossip, biased runway coverage, random thoughts/subjects as I see fit, book reviews, and I’m happy to take reader requests/suggestions when I get some readers 🙂