As simple as it is luxurious. This satin robe will take < 3 hours to make from pattern drafting to pressed finish. The robe is suitable for any light weight woven fabric from sheer chiffons and silks to this shiny satin. For a more boho-chic look, feel free to use airy cotton or even non-stretch lace. Materials: ~1.5 yards of fabric, matching polyester thread, regular … Continue reading DIY: Luxurious Satin Robe
For this slouchy short dress start with a simple pattern or draft from another stretchy dress you have. Drafting option: fold your dress in half, put it on a large piece of newsprint paper (or even news paper but use a sharpie so you can see the lines) and grade sides / sleeves up. You may also want to consider a larger neck opening if … Continue reading Garment Construction: DIY Fabulous over the shoulder Slouchy Dress
The most common for centuries have been woven fabrics of linen, cotton and silk. Nylon, after it’s popularity during world war II and its many benefits (stain resistant, stretch and ease of care) became a widespread choice in lingerie production. Top Tips for Shopping for Fabrics: I find most fabric stores near me quite overwhelming, loads of fabrics, all not properly labeled and placed throughout … Continue reading Fabric Choices Part 1: Lingerie
Fun, easy and fast. Most Bralettes would only take ~2.5 hours to make for newbies from cutting the pattern to trimming off thread ends in the final product. As a desirous, sexy lingerie item, without the cumbersome restrictive feeling of underwires, it’s an easy item to wear at home under any outfit or alone. Materials needed: 1 yard long of black lace 3-4 inches wide … Continue reading Garment Construction: The Bralette
My Runway ideas: There’s been a lot of discussion around conveying the logic, the cohesive concept and story of the collection. Therefore, why not on a large screen right by where the models are coming out onto the runway, show short 15 sec – 30 sec clips of either the creation of the mood board or the digital sketch of the design? Then, let the model wearing that exact piece come out. It would be a direct-to-consumer way of Presenting the ideas of the collection (start with the story board and the rest of the pieces can just videos of the sketch from start to finish). Probably would only need 2 -3 models for the entire show of 20 – 30 story collection. This is tied to the concept I believe of communicating the design process to the end-consumer (if not then at least the fashion buyers). By showcasing more of the story, it could build more understanding, trust, buzz and lastly more memorable aesthetic appeal. Continue reading Final Collection Chapter 6&7: Styling, Presentation & Diffusing
Demystified, the fashion design process from creative research to considering every trim, finish and cut of the garment. With so many considerations and variations to choose from, are the successful designs the byproduct of on-point trend forecasting or a lucky mix of garment design choices? There are so many places for the design to go wrong….
Why don’t brands describe concretely the rationale behind their choices to educate the public? Yes, at the end of the day we can always choose to wear it how we like and for whatever occasion, but designers’ rationales HEARD would perhaps give us better understanding, increase perceived value and quality of the garment as well as broaden the wearer’s use-case for the particular garment. Continue reading Final Collection Notes Chapter 3-5: Creation and Development
“To be successful, fashion collections should neither feel tired nor be overly avant-garde. They must be needed and exciting.” Seasons & the effect of pre-collection Cruise and precollections often achieve high volumes of sales, in part because an absence of media reporting allows focus on commercial pieces. This outfit is typical of the commerciality of the Viktor & Rolf cruise 2011 collection, unlike some of … Continue reading Final Collection Notes Chapter 2: Fashion in Time