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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.

Let the Stress Begin!

July 10, 2007

Hi All,

 I’m officially back from vacation, and yesterday marked the start of a new quarter at school. This is quarter 3 of 5, I’m almost at the halfway point and this is where it gets serious!

We are at the beginning stages of planning the fashion show, and I got a handout of the deadlines this weekend. Somehow I didn’t realize that I would be THIS crunched for time. The initial sketches of my line are due at the end of September, this gives me less than 3 months! All of this of course has to be done outside of my regular 40 hour workweek + 18 hour school week. Needless to say I’m a bit overwhelmed, but I’m fully prepared to get down to business… caffine here I come!

Also, I went to the high end fabric store on my lunch break today (after exhausting all of my other, cheaper alternatives) and only found one fabric to my liking. I’ll take it as a compliment to my good taste that it’ll be setting me back $45/yard. Ouch. Tonight I’ll be finishing up the pattern (just a tweak to the hem) and trying to figure out how to squish all the pieces into as few yards as possible. (I decided to scrap the pleats around the pockets too, I just couldn’t get them to hang correctly.)

On a positive note I started my history of fashion class series yesterday, which proved to be very interesting and inspiring.