Fashion Design: What I Wish I Knew

Teaching Fashion

Are you interested in sewing fashion design. Let’s learn something. But what if you are so new to fashion you don’t know where to start and you don’t have enough information to know what to ask. Myself and nine other designers discuss what we wish we knew before going into the fashion industry as designers. This is a great compilation of hindsight advice. Hindsight is 20/20. We have clear ideas of what we wish we knew when entering the industry as fashion designers but we unfortunately didn’t know at that time. Don’t let these points be your professional blind spots.= Thereare some reoccurring themes in this compilation.

one – technical side of design like Illustrator, Photoshop, Garment Construction, Pattern Making, SewingTechniques. These are technical skills that are directly related to the design and development process. Another theme was PLM software which is product lifecycle management software. A third reoccurring theme was business and management side of the fashion industry. This is definitely something you don’t learn enough of majoring in design. There is fashion business management as a major so we don’t actually get to learn a lot of that as a design major. Start looking at jobs now even if you’re not ready to apply and see what skills they require for applicants. Doing a quick search in general fashion design jobs reoccurring skills are: PLM product lifecycle management software. Adobe Creative Suite especially Illustrator and Photoshop.

Microsoft office especially excel you can find these three skills in almost every fashion design job posting. One of the biggest things I’ve been thinking about lately that I mentioned in the video is wishing I had a career path vision with clear steps on how to get to my goal. It’s something I’m only sort of starting to figure out now. When I graduated college it felt like the general message was, ‘o know go to work in fashion’ so that’s what I did with no real plan. When I started working as a designer I didn’t love the day-to-day tasks and I didn’t want to do what my bosses were doing. I looked at them thinking, “Is this what I’m supposed to be doing in 20 years? I don’t want to do that. ” So I felt very lost for many years and I explored different options within fashion. I started my own brand to work for myself as a designer. I thought about leaving the fashion industrial together. I explored working in a different side of the industry like fashion journalism or merchandising.

I basically came around full circle and I decided I wanted to keep working as a fashion designer. Specifically a knitwear designer which is what I have always been. But the difference now is I have a clearer vision of who I want to be and where I want togo. That is the only difference between the knitwear designer me ten years ago, and the knitwear designer me now. Sometimes it takes stepping away from what you know to appreciate what you have if or when you decide to return to it.

Making a Beanie

And that it only has two pattern pieces. Which makes it easy to sew. For the downloadable PDF pattern hit the link in the below description and Follow along with me. Happy sewing and let’s get started Assemble your pattern making sure to read all the cutting out instructions on your pattern pieces Before you remove your pattern make sure to cut all your notches Now it’s time to sew. Fold all the pattern pieces right sides together and pin in place Pin together the top of the beanie at the center back For this pattern the seam allowance is always 1.5 centimeters or 5/8 of an inch Before you start sewing make sure to set your stitch length for a stretch stitch Sew all your seams together removing the pins as you go and you can back tack to secure your stitch in place Now it’s time for your beanie to take shape Remove the pins and sew points together.

Take your time Cut all loose thread and excess fabric at the top of the points This will allow the top of your beanie to sit nicely and not look bulky on top of your head Attach the band to the top pattern piece matching the center-back seams pin in place matching all notches Sew in place pull the beanie through and check the seams Attach the other top of the beanie in place matching all of your notches once again This time pin a guide not to sew, sew in place leaving a section open This is what your beanie should look like Pull your beanie through the hole right side up pin your hole matching your centre back seams Hand sew the hole together knot at the start and at the end of your stitch Cut all loose threads Fold the beanie in on itself and you have finished your beanie Play around with your beanie fold the band in half if you like, or you can also leave it out It’s entirely up to you Now it’s ready for you to wear.


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