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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fashion Show -- Please help! on: September 22, 2007 01:11:59 PM
Hey everyone, I'm really in need of some help!

I'm trying to organize a fashion show at my high school next spring, to promote style awareness and donate all proceeds to charity (a dual cause-- Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and the American Autism Association.) We've just had our first meeting, and we have lots of interest, and I've created several committees for which people can apply to be heads of, such as publicity, art/decor, fundraising, etc.

The problem is that I'm really winging this whole thing because it's the first-ever show of its kind at my school, and I have no idea how one is actually supposed to be organized and produced. We either have to work with the cafeteria or the gym for the actual show, and right now we don't even have a runway. We're thinking of building one...but how?

In addition, I really want the clothing to be a mix of student-designed and donated from other designers/stores. However, I'm not sure how to approach either. I can sew/design but I'm totally self-taught, and most other students interested also have very limited experience if any at all. On the other hand, I'm not sure how interested potential donators will be.

Do you guys have any advice for me? Have any of you overseen the production of a fashion show before? Also-- this might be a long stretch-- would anyone be willing to make/donate their designs to our show?

Thanks in advance!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing tips for a beginner on: June 17, 2007 10:28:59 PM
So...I'm fully aware of the fact that I'm much more of a designer than a...seamstress. I got a sewing machine a few months ago and have been producing things on it. However, I've always fumbled over mistakes and sewn things clumsily, so that my results always look slightly wonky. I also have the feeling that I'm sewing the "dumb way" sometimes and there might be much better ways out there. On top of everything I'm super impatient so sometimes I leave mistakes where they are Tongue

So I was wondering...

-Do you really have to pick up the bobbin thread? I can't seem to make the instructions on my manual work.
-How exactly do you sew a skirt hem without making it all bunchy?
-Why are there a million different kinds of stitches on my machine? How do I knew which one to use? (I've been sticking with a zigzag-y one)
-How do I go about making a pattern, or at least some semblance of one? I do original designs + I've always sort of eyeballed things, which doesn't always work.
-ANY other tips you guys think would be helpful??

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pinstriped + florescent yellow dress! on: June 17, 2007 08:12:37 PM
So I bought some brown pinstriped material a while ago...probably intended to make pants with (boring), but I knew all along I'd fashion it into a dress (woohoo).

This dress was v. much trial and error, considering I have no idea how to make patterns, have no patience, awkwardly taught myself to sew, and it's the second dress I've ever made from scratch Tongue  I tried to trace the top half from a dress I already own, but it ended up totally different...so. Let me know what you think!

Btw, I am wearing a yellow tank top (will probably switch to white from now on). Otherwise it'd be way too low-cut Smiley



close-up of materials

obligatory action shot ^^ maybe a little Too much action, but at least you can see the skirt twirling.

It's an original design, and took about an hour to make.
comments are <3 Smiley)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A bunch of blah tshirts, revamped (many images!) on: May 20, 2007 07:35:06 PM
All of the following were the usual shapeless t-shirts, which largely pile up in my room unworn. But thanks to a spurt of crafty inspiration, I gave several of them new life! Tongue
Pardon the sewing skills- I'm more of a designer/illustrator than I am a seamstress!

First off, my old gym shirt that I thankfully retired as of last year:


back, slightly wonked

my friend commissioned me to redo this shirt for her Smiley

as the above was a shirt our winter guard used to puffy paint (on the back), I redid mine as well!

last but not least, this was made with a band shirt I got at Warped Tour two years ago. I foolishly got a child's 10/12, which was obviously too small! I tried to recon it when I got home but pretty much botched it & it's sat in my drawer until today! I attached it to a mini "bralet" (bra without lining) & now I can wear it without it pinching my arms!

Tell me what you think!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / High School Fashion Show? on: May 12, 2007 10:54:58 PM
Hi everyone, I really need your help/advice!

I love fashion, and plan to go into design in college. I'll be a senior in high school this fall, and at my school, there aren't any kind of fashion classes or anything. I was thinking about how amazing it'd be to host and organize a fashion show at my school next year, and more importantly, to contribute a majority of the funds to a really great cause (breast cancer, for example). I'd love to start a legacy here, especially because several of the other schools in the area have fashion shows, and I think we could do much better! I want to showcase students' original designs as well as potentially asking local companies to donate clothes from their collections.

The thing is, I really have no experience in organizing such an event, and have little idea of how to go about doing it. My ideas thus far include:

1)Creating a club especially for this (we have a unique program called 8th period where many clubs take place twice a week, built into our schedule). Something like "FAC - Fashion for Amazing Causes" Smiley

2)Calling up local companies to see if they'd donate clothes/$/refreshments (no idea how to actually do this)

3)Advertise, obviously! Video announcements/flyers at school, perhaps flyers at the local community centers/library/Starbucks/shops?

4)Ask art department/theatre kids to help with set and lighting

5)Find me some business-minded and fashion-loving helpers to help me coordinate the event?

6)Possibly ask a local or school band to open the show?

Idk...this idea may or may not fly. If you have any experience in hosting a fashion show, or similar fundraisers or business-oriented events, or just general advice, I'd love to hear it! TIA!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old orchestra skirt --> cute dress and miniskirt! on: April 04, 2007 03:39:31 PM
I found this old velvet-esque black skirt I used to wear for orchestra in middle school. It was a children's size 10, but had plenty of stretch so I'd been keeping it around for DIY purposes.

Yesterday, I finally got a stab at it. I cut the waistband off, added some fabric, and ended up with this (basically a circle skirt with an asymmetrical hem):

Then today, I took some awesome "classifieds" fabric and tried to make a top, which somehow became a bodice that was perfect to attach the rest of the skirt to to make a dress Smiley plus a length of silver sequins that I've had lying around for over two years. There's no zipper, but there is elastic under the bust.

and the slit + little silver butterflies embroidery on the side (already there):


sorry no before picture, it basically was a children's calf/ankle-length skirt Smiley

comments would be appreciated!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Want to help out an aspiring artist/designer? on: February 25, 2007 12:55:14 PM
Hi everyone,
My name is Tessa, I'm 16, and I'm very dedicated to pursuing a career in apparel design. It would mean so much for me to win both this campaign on brickfish.com, and the scholarship money, to be used toward attending a rigorous pre-college art program this summer. If you have a heart for such things, please take just a minute of your time and check out my designs. There are only four more days left in the contest, and I'm currently a close 2nd and 3rd. You guys can check out the ranking too, to see what you think :/



Thank you so much & God bless. I truly appreciate your compassion Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Circle skirt from cute kid sheet :) on: August 27, 2006 10:15:30 PM
So this used to be a sheet when I was really little and lived back in China. Yay. My mom fished it out from some unknown suitcase a few days ago and I made this. Now I can say that I have made a circle skirt Smiley



Zipper close-up:

Fabric close-up!:

Action shot:

Hope you like! Comments are welcome  Wink
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / A Sewing Machine At Last! :D on: August 05, 2006 09:32:18 PM
So I finally, after months and months of begging, got a Singer 2639, 80 stitches ....

^the tiny picture from the website.

Anyway, I would so have gotten an older one from a thrift shop but my mom insisted it was too much hassle. Sigh. Oh well. I'm plenty happy with this one...even if it did take me the better part of 4 hours to figure out and set up, haha.

And I just sewed a somewhat straight line across a piece of fabric. Yay! I'm so proud of myself xD

Any thoughts on the machine?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The ITALY Dress :) -- Img heavy! on: June 24, 2006 06:25:58 PM
My first dress completely from scratch! Complete with zipper!

Okay, so I found this fabric in Joann's for 50% off the other day, and I totally fell in love. It's this silky fabric that has abstract designs of Italian scenery on it...yay. And since I'm leaving for three weeks of writing camp tomorrow, I rushed to have it done today ^^

All of it is handsewn, btw (since I Still have yet to get a sewing machine...). It's ruched up the sides Cheesy

All of it:

The side slit:


Top (mermaid style):

Fabric closeup! <3

And lastly, what I call the Kate Bosworth/Mischa Barton pose (I am in love witht these shoes..eep):

Thanks for looking!
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