It's only Wednesday but a lot has happened this week to allow me to now actually have more time to work on my patternmaking and play with my kids more, what a blessing. See I got a sinus infection about a week ago, and it was just getting worse, till I looked up some herbs for it, the three I started taking are cat's claw, burdock and St John's Wort.
And what do you know? Although it's been slow in treating my sinus infection, it's brought my depression down to some positive side effects. I can now quickly get my articles done in the morning, with them only taking about 45 minutes a piece rather then 2 and 1/2 hours so I'm having time I haven't had in years and years. It's like a miracle. I recommend it to anyone who has any level of depression that your psychiatrist can't prescribe medicine for, this herb is a God send.
Now for patternmaking, I've been deciding to tie up loose ends with my pattern making stuff so this morning I checked out my basic bodice block, posted the image of the finished product on facebook and I've just finished a couple hours work on the revision for my lemon tulip lingerie pattern. Next, I'm going to do a couple extra blocks for the size 6 set of pattern blocks, the jacket, pant and skirt slopers. Then I'll grade a set up to size 8.
After that though, I think I really want to start working either on one of the designs in my personal collection, or the other portfolio piece I designed (a light purple asymmetrical jacket and skirt set). Then again, although, I like that portfolio piece, I could use the one from my collection as my portfolio piece too. I'll see how I feel about it later.
Now about the fashion design book I got from the book depository. "Fashion Design Course" by Steven Faerm came in the mail on Monday and you know, I'm just on the fifth section, but I realize I should have gotten some books on specifically fashion design too rather then just getting all the other stuff, portfolio development, fashion illustration, fashion designer's sewing secrets, patternmaking and even how to survive as a fashion designer. I actually made the mistake of thinking that fashion illustration and a book on how to make it as a fashion designer would basically cover everything that I'd need to know as a designer. I was wrong though,
A book specifically about fashion design, such as this one written by a leader in fashion design education (the director at Parsons, no less) will cover history of fashion, reasons why certain designers are so important, why fashion changes as it does, who controls it, how and why. The other things it covers are details in how a fashion designer works with other people, such as the illustrators, patternmakers and sample hands to create prototypes and so on. The responsibilities of the fashion designer are mapped out in great detail.
This book will also be teaching me about the different techniques designers use to develop collections, like how to use inspiration around them, how to combine things, learn more about garment engineering and things like that. I mean it's not to say I don't know anything about it already, I do, but I'll be learning so much more through this, it'll open new doors and crystallize things I already have the right idea about. I'm hoping it'll cover a few extra 'designer' insights about patternmaking too though.
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