I begin with a sketch . . . in crayon?! NO!
Well ok. This time …I used crayon🙄 My 12 year old likes to use my sketch pencils, but she loses them! So, last Friday, when my husband asked if I wanted to see Don Giovanni at The MET, I sat down to sketch a dress for the event. After a few minutes, I realized that the contents of my sketch bag was one colored pencil, a pen, and a crayon so, I did what I could with what I had. When the sketch was done, I contacted my pattern maker and asked if she could have it done by Wednesday.
…wait. I have to backup. I didn’t start out with a dress. My first idea was pants:
But she said she couldn’t finish pants on such short notice so, I designed a dress.
There are universal symbols that professional sketch artists use to interpret the designer’s idea to the pattern maker. My pattern maker actually wrote a book on it. After I sketch my design to the best of my ability, I send it to her. She then re-sketches it, using these universal symbols, and sends it back to me for approval. We discuss it; tweak it here and there and finally, I “o.k.” it.
She makes the pattern; I go to Manhattan and buy the fabric.
She sews together a muslin for me (not a model in this case because the dress is for me) to try on. I drop off the fabric and try on the dress. God is with us. She says she’s never had a 1st fitting fit so well!This was Sunday, April 23rd.
Yesterday, at 3:30, I picked up the finished product.
We took a lot of pictures but I’m not a model. This one was the best.
I now have 9 pieces in the clothing line. The next phase is getting great looking photos and pairing each photo with a description. Thanks for your interest in my little endeavor. Please follow me for updates and share with your friends😊