I have been so busy getting the S/S 2009 collection ready that I have forgot to update my blog.
What's happened in the past month -Was featured in a collage for Etsy on CBS morning news. -New Spring/Summer 2009 collection premiered -We went to a show in Fort Worth and did well -You can now find us at Parts & Labour (1117 S. Congress Ave.) in Austin - The website has been updated -I am in the process of making a video with interviews and footage of the new styles for this Summer. -I will also update my Etsy store with the new styles. I will go into more detail soon about everything that has been going on.
1. Scissors Have a nice pair of scissors for fabric cutting and one for paper cutting; you may even want one for thread cutting while sewing. I use Gingher 8" Spring-loaded Dressmaker shears. They are fantastic and run about $50 a pair. However, you can find them for as little as $25 on eBay. Another trick is to keep them sharp with scissor sharpeners which you can find at craft stores.
2. Iron, iron, iron! Have an iron ready and one that is preferably powerful and can press steam through quickly. I bought mine for around $30. It works great and speeds up the ironing process. I also keep a spray bottle with water in it and a pressing cloth. Another nice thing to have on hand is a sleeve ironing board. It can also double as a tailor's ham and facilitates ironing sleeves and darts.
3. Serger Finish all seams with a serger. You don't need a fancy one just a three thread will do. This will make sure that the fabric will not fray.
4. No stress hems and sleeves. Have a sewing machine where you can take off its arm for sleeves and hems.
Perfection 5. Perfection is the golden rule. If it is not something you are proud of then don't wear it.
Newspaper 6. Use newspaper print paper when making patterns.
The "Golden Book" 7. Have a sewing book on hand so you can refer to it often. I also use burdastyle.com
8. Needle Make sure you are using the right needle for your machine and project. Also change your needle often, as they dull very quickly.
9. Clean machine Keep your machines clean and make sure that they are turned off and unlugged after each use.
10. Don't stress the small stuff and throw your machine out the window. Make sure the needle is correct, the threading has been done properly and the tension has been set correctly.
What is your Spring/Summer 2009 collection going to look like?
Emphasis is on fit and color. It's like the 1960s collide with the 1980s. I love the fit from the 1960s. It's form-fitting to the body however, I love the pastel and bright colors of the 1980s. Houndstooth,stripes bright colors ( blue, yellow, pink), black, royal blue and white.
What inspired you to do this?
I have always loved the 1960s but it's not exactly what is in fashion right now, on the other hand, the 1980s are. That is why I drew my influence from both.
Well we have a huge handmade show in Fort Worth in April (mor details later) and the best news is that we will start offering our clothes in handmade boutiques in New York City, Austin and possibly London.
Sorry It's been a while. I have been so busy with school, work and looking for a new serger.
Mine has been acting funny latlely, so I decided to take in to have it serviced. The only thing is that the shop is so backed up that it will take about a month to fix it. I decided that with the fashion business expanding, I did not want to be left hanging, so I did the best thing I could do, I bought a new one. It's a little fancier the old Bernina one I have. It's a Pfaff Coverlock 4852. That's right it has a coverlock feature so I can do that now. A coverlock stitch is generally used in garments and it is marked by a tight overlock stitch on the back and a straight stich on the front. It is seen a lot in t-shirts and jeans. It's taking a lot of time to get used to the threading, adjusting the tension, stitch length, stitch width, changing the needles etc. But it is produces a more professional stitch compared to my old serger.
So that is what I have been up to for the past week. I also redesigned the website. I will try not to wait so long for the next post. Here's the new Diana Ross dress.