Sunday, October 27, 2013

Timelines, fabrics and cutbacks

A very busy week this week, one that has proven to me that this project is going to require a set amount of time outside of school that is purely dedicated to the completion of this project. From now on, I am going to begin each blog post with my goal for the upcoming week to ensure at least a little bit of progress. 
By this time next week, I hope to have purchased all or most of the fabric that I will need for the beginning stages of this project. I have spent a great deal of time searching for fabrics, and have made little progress. I have been in a constant back and forth decision regarding whether to sacrifice quantity for quality or vice versa. As I touched on in my previous blog post, fabric is EXPENSIVE, almost to the point where the clothes would be ridiculously expensive because if it. I think I am going to go the route of buying cheaper, but still good quality fabrics, and not necessarily in bulk.
 At this point, I'm still pretty set on my original goal in terms of making cute, affordable, well-made and on trend garments for the everyday girl. However, the original goal of making two to three looks for every standard size is not going to be feasible. For an eight piece collection, that is looking at about anywhere from 48-72 garments. I think I will try my best to make one garment for each standard size per look, which is looking at around 24 garments, still a large amount, yet more doable in the long run. 
I am extremely excited about this project. It's so much work, but I'm looking forward to being able to express my design creativity this way. This is something I've always wanted to do and I'm extremely excited/nervous/anxious/intrigued to see how this will all turn out. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Second guessing and trouble moving forward

To the eleven people that have viewed my blog in the United States and the two in Germany, hello and guten Tag!
Being extremely indecisive has proved to be a major obstacle in the beginning stages of this project. I had my entire collection designed and ready to go until this past Friday when I came up with better basis for the collection that seems so much more on trend and just all together BETTER than my original.
I have so many ideas for this second collection that already I've sketched 25 different looks that I want to make and it's overwhelming and I think I'm going crazy and THIS PROJECT IS REALLY FUN. Anyway, this collection is very edgy and neutral with small pops of color in certain pieces and I'm really excited about it's potential. I feel like this dramatic change in direction is going to be very beneficial in the long term because I have more ideas now that I can use later.
In terms of fabrics for this collection, I'm thinking knits in neutral colors and black leather... Which SOUNDS very odd and a little too edgy but I love the idea of adding leather as trim or to a sleeve just to make an item very current or allow it to transfer from day to night. But as I have learned this week, leather is expensive. Like, really expensive. We're talking $14 a yard for FAKE leather. Definitely not something I can afford to buy in bulk. I'm going to try and find something a little bit cheaper yet still high quality. Worse comes to worst I'll incorporate the leather in a smaller, more affordable way. A huge part of my Etsy shop is to make cute clothes that are fashion forward and AFFORDABLE for the everyday girl. Using expensive fabrics would increase the price of garments, which would take away from that goal. Definitely not something I'm interested in doing.
At this point in the project, I feel a little bit stuck and unsure of where to start next and a little apprehensive to begin purchases. I'm going to try and sit down with my mom this week to work out where my initial funding is going to come from. I need to take time to outline my business in order to remain organized and efficient.

I have attached a very rough and tentative sketch of a dress I want to put in my collection (I'm trying to sketch on my iPad so it shows up better on here. Needless to say I'm still getting used to it). It probably won't be white, but the collar and pockets will be black leather, and the top will be black lace lined with a neutral color that goes with the dress. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pattern Making

Motivating myself to begin this project has proved to be an extremely large obstacle. I began making patterns for some of the pieces in my collection, and for a self-taught pattern-maker it's going surprisingly well. I started making patterns a few years ago when I made myself a Christmas dress, and  it was surprisingly simple. However, this time around I have been experimenting with harder silhouettes that proves to be more difficult. For some reason I really do not understand sleeves. Contrary to popular belief, they are not tube shaped things that you sew into a garment. They are incredibly oddly shaped and I don't understand how to make them. First obstacle of the 20 time project? I guess I'll have to figure it out considering 3 garments in my collection have sleeves... Time to bring in the mentor. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Em by Emily

Coming up with the idea for this project was easy, I've always wanted to have my own store selling the clothes that I make and design. The hard part, however, is going to be actually executing the plan. In order to have my store open to the general public I have to provide a range of sizes (technically I don't HAVE to, but I want to appeal to all kinds of buyers on etsy). The plan is to hopefully create two or three garments per standard size of small, medium, and large. For an eight piece collection, this means at least 48 garments. I guess we will see how that goes.
1. Create samples for every piece in the collection. These will be used to photograph and put on the website but never  actually sold
2. Photograph the clothing in an interesting way to captivate buyers
3. Make the clothes that will be for sale. Will MOST LIKELY make the store live once one sample is created for every size 
4. Set standard prices based on amount spent on materials for the largest size, with a profit margin large enough to continue buying materials

I have a feeling this is going to keep me extremely busy this year.