So long ago, Casper asked for a T-shirt celebrating his insane love of meat. We had an assignment to make up a collection of fabric patterns using Adobe Illustrator. Using Casper’s meat love as an inspiration, I made up a mood board.
I was going for a cute aesthetic, but my lack of drawing skills in Illustrator or on paper really hold me back, nonetheless I like the results. As soon as school finishes I am going on a daily drawing regime; it will be a fun morning ritual with the kids.
I ordered swatches for the whole lot from Spoon flower; usually I just order the fabric, but I find it difficult to get the scale right moving from screen to fabric. Besides I don’t have time to sew right now anyway.
It’s been a long time since I posted…I’ve been a little busy with Fashion School. And while, we sew all the time, I miss sewing for myself. A lot of the sewing we do are samples and muslins. One month until summer break, and my sewing to do list is huge.
Before fashion school I never drew anything by hand, so Illustration and Design class was very challenging for me. After my second semester I started to feel more confident, but I still have a ways to go. This is my final illustration project from last term. Over the summer I will try to make a few of these; starting with the bomber jacket.
Another thing we do in fashion school, is make a bunch of mood boards. At first, I was unsure of this process, but now I enjoy making them a lot. This collection was inspired by consumption. We live in a disposable culture, where it is cheaper to buy something new, rather than to get it repaired. People today own a lot of stuff; and this has spawned a whole culture of decluttering, and organization. I’m exploring the contrast between chaos and order, the difference between hoarding and collecting, and the hypocrisy of selling minimalism. Did I even need to explain? It’s all clear looking at the collection, right?
My favourite part of this project was designing the print. I just ordered it from Spoonflower, and I can’t wait to see it. I’m trying the modern jersey for the first time, hopefully it’ll work for my jacket.
I have an assignment to make a journal entry after each Fashion Cycle Class.
Class Date: September 15, 2016
Today we explored ideas on Pinterest, and drew tote bag ideas. For one of our designs, we need to expand it to include 5 variations. Here are some of my first, pretty lame, sketches.
Class Date: September 22, 2016
After a few days, something clicked and I ended up with some designs I love, especially my little bunny lunch tote.
Today we presented our sketches to our teacher and our classmates. Once seeing all the other designs, I worried about the simplicity of my design, but on the plus side the pattern drafting was quite easy.
Class Date: September 29, 2016
Today in class we created a muslin for our tote. Going into class, I was confident that my bag was of such simple design I didn’t need to worry about the actual bag construction. I was more concerned with working out the details, and wanted it to be a useable muslin. Construction was more difficult than expected, and my pattern needed to be modified. Since class, I have made a second muslin, which is still not exactly how I imagined, but my kids aren’t too picky, so they’ll do. I’m looking forward to moving on from this.