Friday, March 28, 2008

Sketching--Part 1

Okay I am having issues with loading pictures...sorry. So lets have a talk about sketching, I HATE to do it but it is a really good way to get your ideas down before you forget them. even a rough sketch is better than nothing. So how do we get good, or decent in my case, at sketching. Well I recomend getting a bunch of magazines, preferably ones with clothes in it and it does not matter if you like the clothes or not. Then take your paper and actually copy the clothes. Don't put your paper over top of the magazine, just freehand copy it. Doing this gives your hands the "understanding" of how to draw certain lines. It is hard to draw things like lace, ruffles, frills, and flounce onto a peice of paper. I really like to do this, sometimes when I am trying to get a certain flounce right on a skirt or dress I will look at how another sketch has done it or really look at a picture it helps to know what lines go where and how to acurately depict something.

So I challenge you guys to start sketching stuff even if it is not clothes just start drawing and it will come. I will check back in a week and report my progress. And you should always sketch in pencil.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Okay gals and guys, lesson number one from yours truly is, INSPIRATION!!! This is one of the most important aspect of designing and sewing. Once you have inspiration it all cake from there. One of my inspirations is Little House on the Prairie. I know what your thinking, "WHAT?!" Well I must say little Laura Ingles was a pimp. She wore some pretty cool stuff. That is the thing with inspiration, it can be something lame that hits you out of nowhere and you create some awesome stuff. It is all in your personal translation where the real demention and life comes to your garment. My "little house on the prairie" line has 6 peices, they are a skirt, two dress, and a shirt for little girls and two different dresses for adults.

Here is my inpiration picture. I love how the mom is holding the one girl and the other is sitting at her feet with the dog. It is priceless and just spoke to me. This was my first "line" and it was so innocent and sweet that it really hit me with inspiration.

Here is a picture of one of the little girls dresses. I would like to post the whole line ...I am horrible with pictures so I apologize ahead of time.

Anyways, inspiration! you can find it anywhere and everywhere. keep your eyes open and start sketching, sketch anything you think is pretty or cute or even ugly, sometimes you can turn it beautiful. Well, until next time, be inspired.