Thursday, February 25, 2010

pattern drafting

Update on the contour pattern I was developing on Sunday afternoon: I got a chance to fit the empire waist top on the dress form today. It seemed to fit everywhere except at the bust...I tried! Well, after inquiring my instructor for some direction I was informed that I tried to put too much fit into the bust dart. I have several options to fix this but I'll have to revise my design for the front bodice.

good to know!

Remember to save your pennies! One of my biggest fears is, one day, being ready to put my collection into production and not have the funds to do so. Although I get the occasional words of encouragement, that money should not keep you from designing, I can't help but worry. Not only is production costly, I imagine marketing can be as well. Trade shows, which I have mixed feelings about, would fall under this expense. Here's an interesting article I read on about the Oak buyers.

Any experienced fashion designers out there who have an opinion on this?

Oak’s Buyers Talk Trade Shows and Trends at Capsule’s Latest Salon

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010


If there was one word I had to describe Rodarte's 2010/2011 A/W's fashion show it would be ethereal. It was refreshingly exquisite! I believe one day, people will learn the art of mixing and matching textures, prints and monochromatic colors. Untill that day, here is some inspiration to get us there...

Here's the rest of it...

Monday, February 22, 2010

new look

Woke up this beautiful day feeling torn about what to wear. Despite the gleaming sunshine I figured it had to be freezing outside. Here's my lookbook post for what I wore today.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

proenza schouler was born to be fly

Just came across the A/W 2010/2011 Proenza Schouler fashion show. Love the lines, textures, rich pleats, palette, prints and patterns, and the beautifully tailored outerwear. My only gripe were the last two dresses which resembled the occasional tacky draping you might see from a project runway challenge.

pattern drafting

Working on some homework for pattern drafting on this rainy Sunday...contouring to be specific. I came up with a simple design with a low asymmetrical neckline and empire waist. I figured this practice will help me in other designs since I seem to be obsessed with this particular neckline and I haven't quite figured out how to create a nicely fitted empire waist.

The design at the bottom of the page is what I'm aiming for. Pictures of the fit to come later!

project: sweater

The other day I was flipping through what few channels I have on the telly. I came across The Matrix Revolutions (that was the third sequel, in case you were wondering). Immediately engaged, I took notice of the costuming from this 2003 flick. By the way, was anyone actually influenced by the Matrix look back when the movie was hot? Its okay, I won't judge ;) Well what caught my eye were the distressed, almost unraveled, quality of the sweaters Neo and Trinity were wearing in one scene. Along with a combination of this, I was inspired to knit my own sweater with an exaggerated ladder stitch down the front center. I've reached the neck line of the front and back pieces...still trying to figure out how I should piece this together. Sigh...there's just no rest for the weary!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

vintage mixed with new

This is my own look mixed with new and vintage pieces. The skirt is a modern take on vintage from French Connection. My vintage finds, such as the platform heels and the whimsy print button-up shirt, originate from various places (lapin and the good shop sf, respectively). The clutch is a random find from Crossroads. As you can see I don't believe in staying faithful to any one shopping destination. Not a new concept, I know! I actually just have insecurities about wearing longer skirts but I felt this outfit worked out quite nice and wanted to share. By the way, click on the image to give me a hype!

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