The Real Vitamin Water

I’m working really hard to stay hydrated. I find that I feel and look better when my body gets the hydration it needs. To make this task easier and in my opinion, sexier, I’ve taken to drinking fruit infused water everyday at work. I have a pitcher in my office and as soon as I get in, I cut up some fruit and veggies. I belong to a farm share so I get plenty off colorful items that can spice up the average glass of H20.

Here are a few of my creations last week. You can use just about anything, so be creative. A good way to start is a berry and a citrus.

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Strawberry, Orange, Raspberry
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Strawberry, Lemon, Blueberry
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Cucumber, Strawberry, Lime
Watermelon, Strawberry, Cilantro
Watermelon, Strawberry, Cilantro

Water is key in proper cell function, removing waste from the body and lubricates those joints. There is plenty of science to support how integral water is to living organisms, just google it if you’re not convinced.

Kiwi, Lime, Orange, Mint
Kiwi, Lime, Orange, Mint
Cucumber, Lime, Mint
Cucumber, Lime, Mint
Strawberry, Lemon & Basil
Strawberry, Lemon & Basil

Let me know what’s your favorite fruit infusion. I’d love to try it.

Stay cool & hydrated!

Scooter

Flat Pattern Making I Class Completed

For the past 10 weeks, I’ve been learning flat pattern making. It was course number 2 of the fashion studies certificate program in the apparel construction track at Moore College of Art & Design. Having only been sewing since October, taking on pattern making was very challenging. The terms, the skills needed and even understanding the language was proving more than difficult in the beginning.  With hard work, one-on-one instruction, plenty reading, YouTube videos, Craftsy classes, patience and several days off from work, I’ve completed my class and my final project.

My 1/2 scale final project
My 1/2 scale final project

 

The design is basic but very classic, very Michelle Obama (IMO).

Mrs. Obama’s dress inspired my design.

 

After 2 unsuccessful attempts at a muslin, I purchased a 1/2 size dress from from PGM with a 20% student discount. With this little helper, I could see what I was doing much easier. I installed a zipper and fitted the dress pretty darn accurately IMO. After the final review (my teacher LOVED my work and the fit of the muslin), I was all in to make my dress in this lovely African wax print fashion fabric. I took a day off work and really took my time. Hand basing everything was key to pulling it together, not missing a single notch and feeling comfortable about the process. It took a little bit longer, but the results were the best I ever had with sewing a garment with clipped or chalked markings.

 

Muslin
My Final Muslin

 

Colleen teaching dart manipulation
Colleen teaching dart manipulation

 

With this class behind me, I’m ready to move on. I want to take flat pattern making 2, but I’m missing a prerequisite that I really want to take before moving on. I’m going to miss my classmates who are moving on without me. We’ve learned so much and really have grown as designers. I can’t wait to share more of my journey with you all.  Until next time, keep sewing!

 An extra special THANK YOU to Colleen Moretz for a great class, Mina Dia-Stevens, adjunct professor at Moore who gave me one one one instruction on how to make a better garment and the ladies in class, Stephanie, Elle, Christina and Regina.  You ladies BALL so HARD!

 

The ladies of Flat Pattern Making 1
The ladies of Flat Pattern Making 1

Pattern Making Final

 

 

 

 

Afternoon slump smoothie

Today has been a cardio day for the record books. I taught spin this morning (600 calories) and took a spin class at Body Cycle for lunch (540 calories). I brought my breakfast & lunch to work with me, but I’m ravenous and I just want sweets (I didn’t bring any yogurt or fruit, ugh!) and the noise from my sugar jones is way too loud.

It’s 3:30 and that mental slump is rounding the corner. To head it off, I decided to make a caffeine fueled smoothie to get me by.

  • 6 oz of black coffee
  • 3-4 oz of almond milk
  • 1 heaping scoop of vanilla whey protein powder (I’m out of chocolate)
  • Spoon of unsalted peanut butter
  • Ice

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My office magic bullet is a life saver and made quick work of of this smoothie. Since “I’m so Fancy”, I added some whipped cream to knock it out of the park.

Bye bye afternoon slump! Hello focus!

Patternmaking isn’t for the faint of heart

I’m in course number 2 of a  fashion studies certificate program in the apparel construction track at Moore College of Art & Design. The curriculum covers most of what I think I’ll need to become a part-time fashion designer and full time bad ass fashion creator.

  • Fundamental Sewing Technique (done)
  • Fashion Studies Foundations (next)
  • Photoshop & Illustrator for Fashion
  • Fashion Textiles
  • Construction & Flat Patternmaking I (in progress)
  • Advanced Sewing Techniques
  • Construction & Flat Patternmaking II
  • Fashion Studies: Advanced Projects

Flat Patternmaking  is NOTHING to play with. I skipped taking Advanced Sewing Techniques to take this and I really wish I hadn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I’m learning so much it’s mind numbing. I had no idea what a croqui, sloper, block, half-scale, dart manipulation, slash & spread or pivot meant in relation to sewing, but trust and believe, I know what they mean now, but there are some techniques that I’m not 100% comfortable with and it can be very stressful when you don’t have a frame of reference to draw from.

One upside is that I’ve made more half-scale patterns, moved more darts and used more scotch tape than I’d ever thought possible. Yet, I feel a little unfulfilled. I want to SEW SOMETHING NOW!

7 Weeks of classes and not one stitch sewn, one patter cut, or one garment made. I’m jonzin’ to make and wear something new. I mean, it’s the only reason I got in to this, to design and make hot gear for myself!  (Vain, right!)  Well, I don’t plan on quitting my day job anytime soon and the impetus for learning to sew was to be able to see something (think FLOTUS)  and make it or think of something cool to wear and make it, for ME!

After 7 weeks, the patterns were all 1/2 scale.

1/2 scale pattern of final project dress
1/2 scale pattern of final project dress

 

I still don’t know how to size patterns up yet, but I guess that part is coming. However, this past week we were giving the task of starting our final project……. Drum Roll!

 

We are to design a dress (however we want), draft the pattern (facings and all), make a muslin, then make a finished garment for the dress form in class.

GASP!

I’ve only been sewing since October and since I’m not Anya from season 9 on Project Runway with her luck and awesome haircut, I really struggle sometimes. I’m so slow (SLOW).

So, my final project is a dress. Nothing fancy, just a dress with pleats. As Michael Kors or Zac Posen would say, “It’s so banal!”

Here is an example of what the finished product should (might) look like:

 

example-dress

Nice, huh?! Classy and elegant just like I like my dresses.

If I had more time and skill, I’d be making an Emily Blunt inspired design. I love her style to pieces! She loves flowers (I love flowers) she loves a classic silhouette (I love a classic silhouette). Although, my design choice is close, I wish I could find a similar pattern like the one on the left.  Perfect for this time of year.

 

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So where were we, oh yes, MY DESIGN! I have the muslin done, just issues with the bust darts and how they translated from the pattern. I pinned and made it work, but I’ll have my teacher give it  the once-over to be sure.

I’ve since added the facing and that turned out OK. After the instructor reviews the muslin and makes any edits, I’ll be well on my way to creating an actual garment. I’m going to add inseam pockets like Emily has in the the muslin before I move on to the real deal. The only down side is that’s it’s for the dress form and not for me, but this is such a wonderfully scary project, I’m just enjoying what I’ve learned with each and every mistake.

As I previously stated, pattern making is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of technical details that cannot be omitted and there has to be a firm understanding of many garment construction techniques. I’m learning as I go and I’m enjoying the journey.  I’ll be sure to post her critique as well as my journey to my 1st finished garment that I drafted from scratch.

 

Wish me LUCK!

 

Scooter,

Designer-in-Training