Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Vegas Baby!

Okay, okay, so I've been back from my Vegas trip for a week already. Sorry these pics are so late.

This is Daisy wanting to go on the trip with us.

I think every tourist who has ever gone to Vegas has a picture of this shot.

This is the sculpture I was staring at the full 4 hours we were playing Pai Gaw at MGM Grand.

I was really trying to finish all my draping so I can get samples made. So as I was rushing through the whole process, I realized that I had really procrastinated too much and now I am at the point where I have to decided whether to just punch out a small collection or to push back a season and really do it right.

Of course I chose the latter. So now my debut collection is going to be Fall/Winter '08. I am going to try to use as much as I can from all my work on S/S '08. Even as I am starting now for F/W '08, I still don't have that much time. First step is to work out a time line, print it out and stick to it.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Designing Shapes

I've been really busy finishing up on my designs. I really should be done with my first samples at this point so I am about 3 weeks behind on my schedule. And I am off to Vegas for a long weekend. Alas, I always work better when under pressure.

This is my first attempt at cutting out the organic shape of the neckline. I felt the shape was too small ....

This is my second attempt. I felt the shape was a little bit too odd, if that makes any sense.

I reworked the shaped a couple of other times. This is the progression of the development.

I decided on the last one, but kept all the other shapes taped to my worksheet in case I want to change my mind.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I got my camera in the mail a couple of days ago. Love the camera! I've been taking so many random pictures.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I Work Where I Eat

After living in NYC for over 10 years, I've become quit used to living in small spaces. And while my current apartment isn't small by NYC standards, when I am working, I do wish I had a large loft with a large working table and all the room to run around in.

Here's a picture (that I took a while back ... still waiting for my camera) of my working space.

It's not too bad, except I feel like I have to clean up after each work session because it is also my living space. I can't just close a door and forget about all the fabric scrapes on the floors, loose thread lying around, and all the various tools of the trade I've collected over the past year or so.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

First Attempt at Draping

I spent all of yesterday draping first muslin of one of my designs. It took me quit a long time, 'cause I am a bit out of practice. Sorry, my camera died so I won't be taking pictures for a week or so.

My Casio has served me well for 6-7 years. It has taken many pictures of weddings, babies, vacations and birthdays.

After much research and discussion with my DS, I purchased the Canon SD900 camera. I had a hard time deciding between the SD900 and SD850 IS, but when I found a SD900 COACH edition, I just had to have it.

Now I am impatiently waiting for delivery from Amazon. I was too cheap to pay for the faster shipping. Now, I don't think it'll get here before my Vegas vacation starting the 19th .... grrrr.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Fabrics and Colors

This is my color board for S/S '08. The story is "Lost Innocence". I didn't create a story board, even though it's one of the more fun things I like to do. I have just been concentrating on finalizing the designs. Thanks to everyone that commented either online or in person.

This is just the fabrication board from the textile supplier that I will be using. I've marked off the self fabrics I'll be using with the green tags, actually one of them is for lining, so I'll actually be just working with two different fabrications for self fabrics. The pink tags are the possible trim fabrics, those I haven't finalized.

My deadline is to get all the first samples done by the end of this month.