Monday, May 13, 2013

Sketching Class: Kate Spade Spring 2014 Collection

For my sketching class we designed sixteen pieces for next year's spring collection for a designer or a store of our choice.  I picked Kate Spade.  We did a little trend forecasting (thanks Pinterest!) and made a merchandising plan.

I looked through a ton of Kate Spade's old collections and tried really hard to design a collection that she would actually design.  It was really intense and a lot of work but so much fun.

I am a little embarrassed by the wrinkled paper and various stains.  I carried these drawings around with me for two weeks and they got a little gross.

These are the colors I decided to work with:

I was also inspired by this print by Girl Charlee and used it throughout my collection and as my theme board:

Here's a page from my merchandising plan:

And here are all of the posed croquis for my collection:

The dresses:

 The separates:

I spent so much time planning out this collection.  I even made a poster board to organize my thoughts:

And here is a walkthrough of my collection:

  • First Look: High-waisted gingham cropped pants with contrast polka dot back pockets and cuffs
  • Second Look: Melon color-blocked shift dress with a scalloped hem

  • First Look: Dress with gathered skirt; purple cardigan with bow pockets (from my Alison Esther Spring 2013 RTW Collection)
  • Second Look: Dress with circle skirt (the chevron print is engineered to still look like chevron and not get all wonky and weird); polka dot cardigan with contrasting black ruffle and button band
  • Third Look: Halter shirt dress with gathered skirt and contrasting polka dot collar and band around the hem

  • First Look: Pink A-line dress with contrasting black and white polka dot bow and band around the hem
  • Second Look: Melon gingham button down shirt with contrasting polka dot collar, pocket, and sleeve cuffs; polka dot gathered skirt

  • First Look: Coral polka dot tie blouse; coral scalloped hem pencil skirt (also borrowed from my Alison Esther Spring 2013 RTW Collection)
  • Second Look: Black and white polka dot Peter Pan collar top with contrasting collar and button band; pleated skirt

And here is a picture of Sox sitting in a box of fabric under my bed because he is my inspiration and my muse:

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Butterick 5748

This is the dress from the Alison Esther Spring 2013 RTW Collection I designed for my sketching class!

I used Butterick #5748, a reissued vintage pattern from 1960.

The fabric is a Quilter's Showcase quilting cotton from Jo-Ann Fabrics.

Total Cost: $8.42
  • Fabric: $5.98
  • Bias Tape: $1.19
  • Zipper: $1.25

This dress is also my entry into I Heart Fabric's Copy Cat Challenge. It was inspired by both of these dresses I found on Pinterest:


I made a few changes to the original pattern.  I added gathered sleeves from Simplicity #1650 because I'm all about making dresses with sleeves right now and I adore gathered ones.

Instead of lining the whole dress I used bias tape to finish my edges.

Another mismatched zipper...

The pattern calls for a side zipper but I couldn't get the dress on so I had to move it to the back.  This caused problems with the bow.  I could only sew it to one side of the zipper and this made it all floppy.  So, in a moment of genius (if I do say so myself) I came up with a solution:

Ignore the terrible #pinterestfail manicure.
I also shortened the skirt by like a foot. 

AND I hand-hemmed the whole skirt.  I thought it would take days but it really didn't take very long.  I even made sure to avoid sewing over the white dots to make my hem invisible.

Sox was wicked helpful during the construction of this dress:

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

In Lieu of Me-Made-May...

...I have created a Look Book! As of today I have 8 looks.

For anyone who doesn't know, Me-Made-May is when all the sewing bloggers vow to wear something handmade every day for the month of May.

I don't have quite enough handmade things, but I figured I would keep track of the outfits I wear in May, both handmade and store bought. And that way, no one will feel spammed with my weekly outfit blog posts.

This Look Book thing makes me feel like a real fashion blogger...