If you’ve read my 1st post,  you know that I started a clothing line in 2013, but from then to now, I haven’t produced much.  Here’s where I was when I started this blog a couple of months ago:

” Here’s what I’ve got so far:

1.) a pattern maker

2.) three patterns that belong to me

3.) three samples” – Excerpt from blog post, entitled: “Welcome to The BusiNest” 

This is what I wanted to have completed by the end of summer 2016:

” Here’s what I plan to have by the end of June:

1.) actual dresses made in the fabric I like

During the 1st two weeks of July:

1.) have 3 more patterns made

Last two weeks of July:

1.) samples (?)

2.) actual garments

1st two weeks in August:

1.) website” – Also from my 1st blog post, “Welcome to The BusiNest

Well! I have 4 dresses that are not perfect and I’ve learned a LOT since “penning” those goals.

The Daytime Dress was completed first.  Seamstress #1 started it but could not finish because she ran into a snag.  Seamstress #2 worked from the snag, which also stumped her.  She figured it out, though, and completed the dress.  It’s beautiful.  Because it was made in a silk-like, shiny, fabric, it’s no longer a “Daytime” dress but an ‘Occasion” dress.  I relied upon Seamstress #2 for the remaining 3 dresses.

The Maxi Dress was next.  This is the dress for which, if you recall from post number 3, after a long and arduous search, I’d finally found the “perfect” fabric.  Well people, “perfect”, is relative.  It looked perfect to my “crazy for navy” eyes.   It felt perfect to both the models who wore it, the seamstress and all who touched it.  It wasn’t “see through” which is what I was looking for because I didn’t want to have to add a “slip” to the inside of it.  Who wants to wear a slip in the summertime?  The reason you can’t see through the fabric is because it’s a tiny bit heavy; too heavy for this summertime maxi to be worn …during summer.  Oh, that isn’t all.  The lovely pattern, because it’s so dark ( not so dark that it isn’t summmer-y), hides the accents that are this dress!  The last problem is the part of the dress that has gathers.  There are none!  So, I’m going to take the stiches out of that section, add more fabric and sew it back together. That will make it gather;  I’m going to add a white piece of fabric to the accents to make them stand out; and, because of the heavier fabric, I’ll call this one a spring dress; make it again with a fabric that’s lighter in weight and  I will also make a shorter, identical, one for summer.

The Daytime Dress was done again in a lightweight, linen-type,  fabric.  To this one, I added belt loops and a belt.  It was GORGEOUS ,with a few problems.  All of which would not have been if my seamstress had attended the 2nd fitting.  She did not, however, and as a result, the dress hung off of the model and the front seam that creates the very style of this dress, was in the wrong place.  This made the dress look similar to many other dresses.  It was pretty and the actual stitching was of professional grade, but it wasn’t the dress I designed.

The 3rd Daytime Dress is incomplete (I’m still waiting for that one). So, how can this one be imperfect if it isn’t done?   Because the pattern is wrong.  When I first got the pattern,  and had my dressmaker make it in muslin.  I thought she misunderstood the pattern because my pattern-maker told me that a local seamstress could not use the patterns she’d made.  They were made to be fed into some type of pattern reading machine by a clothing manufacturer and that I should let her (my pattern-maker) sew all of my samples.  I did.  Well, you can imagine my surprise when her dress looked exactly like the one my seamstress sewed /:-| Anyway…please forgive me for making this post so long, but here’s what I’ve learned:

1.)  If I call everyone on my team to confirm a date for a particular thing and everyone agrees, then someone “can’t” make it because of “a previous engagement”, I need to  sever professional ties with that person, immediately.  If you disagree with me, I welcome your input 🙂

2.)  Modeling is a gift.  Thanks to my wonderful models, I know what to look for in a model.

3.)  Nothing less than a professional fashion photographer (or at least someone who has studied fashion photography) will do.  My photographer new how to work with the light we had or create the light we needed.   He knew how to direct the model and how to deflect shadows.  The pictures looked great, even though the dresses didn’t fit or look like what I’d designed (which means they’re of absolutely no use to me).

Little bit of heartbreak, but …back to the drawing board.  See you next week.




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