Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I've been so busy trying to make things to sell at the small store I do business with that I've barely taken any time to make anything for myself this year. Well I dug into my cache of fabrics and found a rayon cotton blend and decided that I would execute one of my previously posted ideas. Here is the hooded pullover in the color of the fabric that I mentioned.
Just to give you an idea of my designing concepts I've posted pictures of the small paper pattern I made working out my idea.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Halston was known for his love of cashmere, and used it in many innovative ways. One of his important contributions was the use of cashmere in evening wear. his luxurious sweater dresses with matching coats and cardigan brought a new definition to casual luxury. For the first time women found out just how glamorous they could be in a cashmere gown. Here is an example of his use of cashmere for a day ensemble that could easily go out for evening.
Iimeless. Pat Cleveland one of his favorite 'Halstonettes' always wore capes and a love his use of red and black, what could be more dramatic, versatile and tnything that had a lot of flow, no one could work a caep or full skirt like Pat. Below she's strutting the runway doing what she does best!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Well it's Spring / Summer 2007 already, and I've been trying my utmost to be diligent about being more creative. I've so much going on in my personal life that it's beginning to overshadow my creative one! To get me rolling I just decided to post a couple of pictures of my latest project. I plan on submitting the working sketche later when I get a chance to sit down and draw it, so keep your eyes peeled!! As I said this is an ongoing work in progress.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
This is my pullover sweatshirt cut entirely on the bias of only two main pieces of fabric the body of shirt is cut in one with the sleeves, the underarm seam begins at the cuff and continues in a spiral to the center front and back. by eliminating seams the shirt drapes and moves on the body. I show it here with contrasting trim in the waistband, cuffs and on the hood edge. It could also be one solid color. My fabrics of choice would cashmere, silk knit, or the lightest hander kerchief linen. Spiral cutting is one of Halston's greatest innovations. As I said before his pattern cutters were brilliant in their ability to bring his ideas to reality. I've studied these concepts and use them in making men's clothing. I hope to take what seem very familiar and give it a different edge by cutting in untraditional ways.
Friday, February 09, 2007
This is the working sketch for my two piece bias cut sweatshirt, shown here in two colors with a matching muffler. The sleeves and the back of the shirt are cut of one single piece of fabric, the front is in a contrasting camel colored fleece. There are only two main pieces as opposed to four. With the elimination of seams the fabric is allowed to drape over a man's body. The muffler is camel colored like the shirt front with contrasting bands of brown fleece on the ends.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
A work in progress, so much to be done to make that sketch into a reality, just for encouragement I went ahead and started photographing things. In the last shot I pinned the collar on to give a general idea of what the jacket will look like. I still have to cut out the sweatshirt and scarf. So much to be done in so little time!!!
Well it's back to the old drawing board, finally had a moment to sit down and make the working sketch of my current project. I believe in a pulled together casual look, but with a modern edge. This jacket is made of chocolate brown and camel colored fleece. The sweatshirt and scarf are made of the same camel color. What I strive for is warmth, comfort and an edge of casual chic or elegance. The jacket and shirt would work well over jeans or worn to the office with tailored pants or even a shirt worn under the sweatshirt. Versatility and function, throw it on and forget about it!