drape

drape is something that you will hear a lot of people talking about in terms of garment creation. drape is all about the way the fabric flows or conjuncts or connects with gravity. every fabric will hold gravity different…same as various shapes or lengths will hold the gravity differently.

many people do not think drape is important because they think every fabric is just fabric and design is just algebra.

the real point of drape is the science between the curve and the flat plane or straight line. sometimes that can be perceived as magic especially in the modern day where science and technology interact so completely with this conjecture of curve and line — wave and particle — perception and material.

sourcing fabric

sourcing fabric is one of the funnest things about making clothes. i love being able to sort through different fabrics or fabric sources…looking at everything for different inspiration or patterns or favorites.

i wanted to make my business green from the get go so i decided to try to use a lot of recycled fabric. i love being able to go to the thrift store and get old sheets and pillow cases etc. there are some really great patterns and the fabrics are like already pre-aged.

another good source is alibaba fabric. they are awesome for fabric and have extremely cheap wholesale deals. their fashion fabric has a lot of tasteful morsels to find. i got mine through aliexpress which is not wholesale (ie 100 and up yards).

new fabric is really great too. the selection is quite large and easily accesible for the shopper quite often online. it is so great to get new fresh fabric to work with. sale fabrics are great because they aren’t what your general sewer is after so always a stylistic boost and window to coming fashions.

working between these three types a fabs is great…for sourcing you can look at price newness and immediacy of product. so designing becomes a real art of explanation of fashion …one of the reasons why people enjoy fashion so much because of the fabric available. :)

paste

i use paste a little in my dying to make a resist pattern. a resist is a spot where to dye is prevented from reaching the fabric so it doesnt get dyed.

i used flour and water to make a resist paste to use on skirt design. i also created a stencil which i used to fill in a pattern with the paste.

i let it dry and then did the dying. i would recommend this system to someone who wants to try a resist dye and doesn’t care too much about the exactness of the pattern. it is very easy in terms of steps and cleanups in resist dyes. depending how long it dries and the thickness/spreadibility there will be variation on the strength of the resist.

piecing

piecing is usually a quilting term but i use it in my sewing as well.

i love the way you can bring a garment together by sewing pieces of fabric together. there is a certain puzzle to it…it seems always to have an innate function to fit together. (i personally think this is because of the way i sew and getting used to guaging the amount of fabric to use from quilting.)

but piecing has really been useful for me in my garments because of the asthetic feel…as some people really like patchwork in street fashion, i really like the look of different geometrical shapes sew together to form the garments structure. similarities.

radicalization of art

art has the habit of being closeted…not in a gay straight kind of way but closeted at times.

in my periodic bouts with art…quite a few of them…the object art, not the lifestyle art, i have studied a lot of aspects of why and for how long and the effects.

i think this is often what may present itself to the artist or the “student of the muse” the visual product and viewer/experiencer.

whether this art is right or not…creative or exact. and i think the radicalization of art is a perfect way to describe both times when this does or doesnt work.

its a great way of thinking in terms of making decisions for the artist, their lifestyle choices and in phader ewaws case the recipient of the object or creation. what will be the type of decisions or terms i will access through my self or others and will it be radical.

accessorizing attachments and closures

accessorizing attachments and closures for garments is really fun. each item is different and may require a different style of tie, button, or zipper. i think of these items as accessories because they totally change the feeling and style of a garment the way jewelry or other accessories do.

i have the most fun with this by thinking how i can most wisely use the fabric and design to provide the best fit, most subtle yet easy access for dressing, and still keep it couture. (couture often means tailored for a specific fit).

depending on the garment, buttons or ties can be used to secure on a body if a small gap is ok design-wise. in other cases where a total connection is needed (like on some of my shirts) a zipper becomes the choice. i aso ise cloth buttons as an option to sinch up some of my skirts and dress as well as ties to give the option to wear them shorter.

these different closure accessories add a variety to the look where otherwise it may not be so intended. just as jewelry, a belt or a scarf can highlight features of a garment or pick up colors to stand out, closures add a personality and style to help bring out the fit and nature of the garments.

small scale dye batches

dyeing fabric is one of the small scale wonders of the world. fabric is quite easily transformed from a light or white fabric into a bright colored thing.

fabric can be dyed on small scale by heating a dye bath on the stove…or small scale dip dyes with indigo dye or other type of dye. there is even a dye where you spray color and set it in the dryer. usually these small scale items are a couple small pieces of fabric.

its useful because you can add a little bit of contrast and show off your handiwork. hand dyes often imbue fabrics with a touch of rusticity…a bit of the old world. or it can add the future work of the small scale green worker. either way, kind of interesting.