Week 4: Pattern/Fitting

The actual form of this dress is very simple.  There’s an over-dress layered over the same shape under, black-brown over red. I waited ages for the other apartments to be done with the dryer so I could do the final rinse and dry of the length of fabric I’d dyed red.  Giving up, I cut out and sewed what will be the over-dress, still undyed.  I was filled with total terror about the fitting, OMiG foreign measurements!  During our break at work I got Amanda in it and marked what…

Week 4: Setup/Sketch

After the pain in my ass that was week three, I am looking forward to this challenge.  It’s a “real woman” one, the tear-jerking twist being that they’ve all been impacted by heart disease, the sponsor tie-in being that they’ve got to work Campbell Soup’s logo and whatnot in.  As the winning look barely used the Campbell-branded fabric (which I do not have access to), I’m not going to overly concern myself with the last bit.  The first part I totally have down. A co-worker of mine, Amanda (who is…

Week 3: Done!

It was fated that a two-day/two-garment episode would fall on a weekend I had to go do big, longer than expected errands in the city.  Between that and a forty-minute nap that mysteriously ended up lasting three hours, most of my work time for one day was wasted.  Ugh. Then I had my first sewing failure (which I only took this crappy snap of before tearing it apart).  Plus there was the partial failure of the high-end look.  But, as a friend pointed out, it couldn’t be worse than the…

PRPA Week 3: Plotting/Pattern (and draping)

After a bit of fiddling and staring into space I realised I was going to have to drape to figure out the pattern for Chase’s design.  Total woe.  So let me first throw down my plot for the low brow piece. I went with the wrap dress from my sketches, as it fits better with the fabrics I have at and and I’m thinking it’s a better derivative of the high-end design.  The sash for the waist is going to go around once before tying, for security and waist emphasis.…

Week 3: Setup/Sketch

PRPA Week 3: Sketch Oh man, the first team challenge.  For my adaptation I’ve roped in the skillz of Chase, the A to my Z.  We’ve collabed before, but for the first part of this challenge—designing a “signature piece” as inspired by the modern fashion collections at the Met—it’s all him. I gave Chase thirty minutes to whip me up a sketch and in about five he brings me the following design and an explanation of the idea.  “I am not great at drawing people,” he says.  I realise now…