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It’s been a busy few weeks. I turned in three major projects all due on the same day.

One of them was for my design class. It was a collection of 12 looks for a fall/winter collection. The inspiration for it came from black and white photos and surrealist mountain landscapes. I wanted to dress a modern day adventurer. Below are my presentation pages: moodboard, fabric board, look pages, and development sketches.

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a working weekend

It’s been a busy weekend of of schoolwork: drawing, making digital flats, sewing, and pattern fixing. Busy!

In order to drape a sleeve I usually rest the dressform’s arm on my head so I have a better angle of the where the sleeve meets the body of the garment. Joel thought it was pretty funny and took a few photos of me working. It does look pretty funny.

working weekend

fabric sourcing

I’ve been working on sourcing fabric for my next project and I think they reflect the grey, rainy days we’ve been having. If you want rain, plan a festival I always say. It sounds like things will be more pleasant for the start of the music portion of SXSW.

Cozy layers of wools and wool/cotton blends sounds nice. I did a bit of sample knitting, too.

Goodman_Fabric 2
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school work

This semester I took a class called something like “Digital Tools for Fashion Design”. I learned so much about Photoshop and Illustrator and I especially loved working in Illustrator. Now my flats (technical drawings) look so much better than anything I did before by hand.

For my final project I had to choose an old project and re-do it using the tools I had learned. I’m not going to post the whole thing because it’s massive, but here’s a little look at it:
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I can’t believe that I’m already a third of the way through this semester! The end of a third is always a busy time with lots to turn in. I probably say this about this time each semester but I’ll say it again, I think I’m getting better. My fashion figures aren’t as scary looking and I’ve picked up tricks for drawing fabric. I still have a ways to go but it’s nice to see some progress!


Faces or lack there of.

The photos above are in progress shots of my first design project for the year.

I made this: design project

I’m officially on spring break! Last night I turned in my second major project for my design class. In case you need refreshing, you can read a little more about what that entails in this post from earlier in the semester.

I keep seeing improvement with each assignment. I had a painting prof in undergrad who was famous for saying, “Hmm, this is good. Go make ten more.” That idea has stuck with me and at the end of each major project I think, “This is better. Time to make more!”  Practice isn’t popular but it is so important.


I worked with drawing ink this time and I love the stuff! I need to play with it more, but it’s wonderful. I prefer painting to drawing and drawing inks have a sort of water color quality to them. I wish it came through a little more in the scans.

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I made this: design project

In my design classes we generally have to create two or three collections throughout the course of a semester. We start by gathering tons of inspiration images.Then we make croquis (fashion figures, the models for the clothes). Next we draw a ton of roughs. Roughs are quick sketches of garments. Then we edit the looks (a lot) and render the completed looks. Hopefully you’re still with me and didn’t get lost in that gibberish. The first collection of the semester was due this week and this is what I made.


moodboard copy

I like setting up my moodboard so that it goes inspiration on the left to fabric swatches on the right.

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this is what we do

This has been a weekend of digging in and getting things done. Joel’s been finishing up his thesis and I’ve been sewing and sewing and sewing. I’m actually seeing progress in my construction skills this semester. I installed a zipper and sleeves correctly on the first try yesterday. It felt like a major victory.


Now that my construction homework is done I can focus on getting my presentation together for design. I think it’s coming together really nicely so I’ll probably post a few photos of it soon.

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