My course in Apparel Construction at City College of San Francisco this spring encompasses three major projects:
- A sleeveless sheath dress
- A pant or pencil skirt
- A machine-tailored jacket, made with fusible interfacings
So here I’m beginning a new blog series on the first project for the class, the sleeveless sheath dress. Careful readers will note that project isn’t the same as the title of this article, so some explanation is in order. Continue reading
Oh, my. There’s a layer of dust everywhere. Pardon me for a second.
Now that I’ve blown the dust away, time to resume the blog.
On my last blog update, I had signed up for four fashion classes at City College of San Francisco. I figured it was ambitious, but doable. The four classes were: Fashion Illustration 2, Garment Fitting, Apparel Construction 1, and Custom Tailoring.
Plans changed very quickly. Shortly after classes started, an opportunity for some freelance work (not sewing-related) came my way, and so I started working two days a week. That meant I had to drop at least one class. I wasn’t giving up Fitting or Tailoring, and dropping Apparel 1 wouldn’t have made much difference, so I let go of Fashion Illustration 2.
Even so, I’m OK with the decision in hindsight. The Illustration class was a lot of homework, and as it turned out the Tailoring class needed every moment I could spare and then some.
So here’s a very quick summary of my fall semester classes and their outcomes: Continue reading
It’s been about a week since my last blog post, and here’s a quick update on my Tailoring class.
I’ve already had a reversal of fortune; the beautiful steel-blue windowpane wool I planned to use is out for the project.
Knowing plaid matching would be a challenge, I researched it further up front. The Threads magazine article I mentioned in the first post of this series (“Plaid Ambition”, Threads #177, February/March 2015), has a few deficiencies.
There’s so much to write about, I don’t know where to begin!
Based on my experience from the summer session at City College of San Francisco, I’ve gone all-in on classes for the upcoming fall semester.
I’m taking four classes, which pretty much makes me a full-time student. I’m hoping I can meet the workload for all four classes. I’m pretty certain I won’t be sewing any projects outside classwork. That’s not so bad, because some class assignments provide opportunities to make projects that have been lingering in my personal queue.
Fashion Illustration 2
This class continues where my summer class in Fashion Illustration leaves off. I have the same instructor, Paul Gallo, who is a wonderful instructor and coach.
The second semester of Fashion Illustration builds on the first. We learn additional rendering techniques, more menswear techniques, and the drawing proportions for children and teens. We also learn the details of producing technical flat drawings and spec sheets for production work.
One emphasis of the second semester is on developing everyone’s individual artistic style, and the midterm and final are capsule design projects that focus on original design work. My style so far is fairly photorealistic, and I’m curious to see how I develop as I work through the course.
Here’s some work-in-progress from the second assignment; we’re revisiting the basic figure and learning new coloring techniques.
Sometimes I come up with style ideas for new projects, or styling details that I’d like to follow up on later. The problem is that I have no way to record them – a textual description doesn’t capture the vision that’s in my head, and it means nothing to me weeks and months later.
Also, I look towards a potential future of creating garments for others – where it would be useful for both myself and the client to have a clear picture in our heads of what we’re working towards. So, I saw illustration skills of some sort as an important thing for me to effectively create original designs.
With those thoughts, I enrolled in the introductory class in Fashion Illustration at City College of San Francisco. The instructor is Paul Gallo, whose classes I have taken before, and is an excellent instructor. He has two classes in draping and bias design on Craftsy. I had a great deal of trepidation leading into this class – I don’t really think of myself as an artist or illustrator – but I am familiar with Paul’s teaching style and figured if anyone would make this topic comfortable, he would be it. Continue reading