Giovanni Meschini, Sera di Natale I, 1930
Is it me or did 2013 completely fly by way too quickly?
Looking back, the highlights of the year were finishing up my certification of Fashion Design at LA Trade Tech, going on a cruise with my family to the western Caribbean and climbing Aztec pyramids, celebrating my birthday in San Fran with close friends, attending my brother’s wedding, completing my last internship, and being fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful people. I truly am blessed with the people who are in my life, my health, the courage and support I’m given to continue with my career change, and the opportunities that come my way.
Looking forward, I’ve compiled a list of projects I’m hoping to accomplish by 2014 year’s end:
Advanced Draping Class projects: I took this elective class over the summer and since the schedule was super accelerated, my teacher gave us extra time (a year) to complete the items. I’ll be finishing those up in January and posting about each project where we had to create: a knit dress, a geometric skirt, and a strapless bias dress.
Sewing Fast: As mentioned in a prior post, I’ll be attempting to fast from buying new Ready-To-Wear clothes, and work on new additions that I’ve sewn myself. I hardly bought anything in 2013 due to my student budget and some weight loss, and my wardrobe has shrunk in wearable items. I figure my sewing skills can only improve with practice, especially if I’m focusing on fit.
Gifts/Special Projects: I kinda dislike sewing on deadlines, as I tend to operate at my own speed when it comes to inspiration, design, drafting, sewing, etc. But, sometimes it can’t be avoided when it comes to giving/creating something special for the right occasion. I wish I could share as I go along, but some are surprises, so as I complete them, I’ll put them on the blog!
DIY Draped Custom Dress Form Cover: I have a sample size 8 dress form, but I’d love to be able to drape and make clothes for my larger size. So, in the new year I’ll be creating a zip-on dress form cover that will bring the dress form up to my size. We were introduced to this in one of my draping classes and I’d like to do it for myself. While I’m at it, I think I’ll also try to put together a tutorial on how I accomplished it and post accompanying articles about it written by masters in sewing (if anyone’s interested).
A new job: My internship last semester has transitioned into a new job as a 1st patternmaker for a production company, which means I’ll be creating the first draft of patterns for designers in development. I’m very excited about this as I’ll also be working with experienced production patternmakers, who will proof my patterns and help me hone my skills.
Publish my own patterns: I hope to build and publish my own patterns for download by the end of the year. Since I’ll be working professionally as a patternmaker, I hope to put out good, easily sewable and stylish patterns. I think getting feedback on how they work will be the most valuable takeaway of all!
My own clothing line: The most exciting development for 2014 (for me) is that with the help of the production company I’m working for, I’ll be putting together my own clothing line and presenting it to a buyer for Spring 2014. Cross your fingers for me, as I’d love to have my own designs in stores! I can’t go into specifics now, but I’ll be posting more on this later…so watch this space…
Wishing everyone the best for the rest of 2013, and hoping 2014 is everything you hope it to be!