Monthly Archives: October 2007

All systems go

I just nailed down everything for the photo shoot for this coming Monday.  Photographer, model, hair/make-up artist, intern, & local.  We’re looking into a second model at the last minute.  My model for the day is Ashley, but she’s got a time crunch.  You would think it won’t take longer than 3 hours to shoot 4 gowns, but I’m looking to hedge my bets & get a 2nd model.   For both moving through the gowns quicker (or is it “more quickly”?) & also in case we need to do some additional detail shots after Ashley needs to leave.  I’ve put some feelers out, we’ll see what turns up.

Woohoo.  I’m in business.

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May I just say that Craigslist rocks

A few days ago I was thinking to myself ‘hmm, I’m going to need some help” & posted a couple of ads on Craigslist just to see what would turn up. I found

1) a sample size model, so I can actually put the gowns I’m making for photo shoots on an actual person to see how they fit

2) a fit model for production patterns

3) a possible sewing contractor in Denver

and last but certainly not least

4) a marketing person. who has done fashion journalism. and actually knows what she’s talking about. and is excited to be working on ‘something fun’. yeehaw.

I don’t even know what all I’m going to be having her doing, but I’m excited beyond words to have someone helping me to at least write, if not go out & about on the internet & do some actual marketing.

Craigslist just kicks butt.

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sketches

Here’s the sketches I just turned into Get Married

These are cropped snapshots of the color copies, so take them for what they’re worth. I’ve cropped out the flats b/c I just don’t want those floating around the internet. If I had been thinking all the way through, I really wouldn’t have sent the flats to GetMarried, either, but they were already on the drawings when I thought of that.

Now we’ll see how many I actually get made up into samples before the photo shoot.

Josephine

Josephine is a 4 part gown (remember, the client can mix & match from each gown if she likes), the corset has been shortened & made straight across the top since the Get Married taping. For all you aspiring fashion designers out there, um…. do what I say, not what I do. DO NOT make samples first. Make your block, then your first patterns, then a test run, then go back for corrections, then a 2nd test run… THEN make samples. Unless, of course, you’ve been asked to appear on national television with 10 days to prepare.

Rebecca

Rebecca has had the bottom front of the corset straightened out to blend better with the rest of the line. Also, I’m not going to do a yoke, just micro pleats right into a waistband.

Amelia

Amelia is probably my favorite. Note to self….buy a ruffler attachment.

Caroline

Caroline is reworking the Rebecca silhouette. I’ve added 3/4 sleeves & am playing with the tuck detailing also seen on the sides of the Josephine overskirt & the back of Amelia’s skirt. I haven’t fleshed out all the pattern work yet for this sleeve, so I’ll let you know how that works out. The skirt is exactly the same as Rebecca, I’ve just added an overskirt.

Victoria

Victoria is really reworking the Josephine. Same corset, just with ruffles. Same skirt. Different overskirt (which after sketching, I’ve already decided to make changes to), and different jacket. The sleeves gave me fits to draw. I’m trying to rework the micro pleating detail in the puff sleeve. Maybe it would help if I actually tested it out before drawing.

There’s also ‘Penelope’ in the works. It’s a rework of the Amelia style a la an Elie Saab
(number 29, I can’t find another picture of it) skirt I’m nuts about.

I’m pretty bummed that I couldn’t really find markers that convey the actual colors of the fabric. They’re really much paler than the renderings. Also what appears to be yellow in the sketches is actually a pale cream color.

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Photos

 I wrote this post a couple of weeks ago & just noticed it was hanging out in draft limbo.

I’ve just made arrangements to postpone the photo shoot until Nov 2nd. I have to admit this has made me breath a big sigh of relief. We’ve got out of town guests to entertain over the next week & with that & several other hurdles it was just impossible to get everything to align just right in order to have everything ready by this Tuesday. I want to get this right the first time, not do it half way & then go back and backtrack later on. I’m working to get the new website up & running by Thanksgiving & the Nov 2nd photo shoot still puts me in that time frame.

I’m finishing sketches to send to Get Married this week & then will concentrate on working up all 4 samples by the end of the month. I’m also starting to put feelers out on having the gowns manufactured. I had originally intended to produce them on an artisan type level where I made them all myself or had them made under my direct oversight, but I’m getting buzz about them. Big buzz. Think ‘walking through the wood enjoying a peaceful day when suddenly you run into a 2 foot across beehive’ type buzz. I’m taking my time & setting everything up the right way, but I’m starting to think that once the new website is up & the tv show airs, things are going to start moving quickly. And bigger than I thought. Not counting any chickens yet here or anything, just setting things in place for when it is time to count them. And that means getting a manufacturer. Making myself legitimate. I won’t be ready to wholesale yet, but this will take me one step closer.

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Driving while under the influence of Dumb

I saw a guy driving today while

1) smoking

2) talking on his cell phone

&

3) reading a book

Umm….how many hands does that leave for driving? Kevin’s plan for hood mounted bazukas may not be a bad one after all. I’m just saying.

(p.s. I’ll have the sketches for the new line up in the next few days)

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Jessica

I totally forgot to post these pictures of Jessica. She was one of my August brides.

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Pictures are courtesy of Linda Olsen Photography

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