Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fashion Design Sketching Class

 Our last sketching class just ended.  My intent was to take the class so that my design submissions would at least be presentable to the book/magazine editors.


I actually learned a few things along the way but what I enjoyed even more was taking an adult class with my daughter for the first time.  I learned that the colors I use in my designs are rather drab in comparison with my 14-year old that spits out color.  I also learned that my designs COMPLETELY cover up the model from head to toe whereas the teenager has her models skantly dressed and showing belly buttons or cleavage.  I don't think any of her designs have sleeves on them what so ever and most were mini skirts or shorts that were way too short for school!

My drawings:  Note the long sleeves, high collars, pants - dreary grey and black.  Basic hair too.
 HER designs - bright colors, fun, flirty - vivacious!
She loved the class and now wants to be a fashion designer.

Our classroom was in the sewing room.  They had open sew lab on the days we were there.  Now she wants to learn how to sew and make her own outfits.  Great experience for both her and I.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Malabrigo yarn

After knitting up the hooded scarf and cowl with Malabrigo "Lettuce", I felt the urge to pull up an older pattern which also uses Malabrigo worsted weight yarn colorway 609 Purple Magic

The yarn pretty much enhances whatever design element you use.  Never over-bearing like the variegated yarns yet not so subdued like the solid yarns either.  I wonder why I haven't designed more with it????
To see more Malabrigo yarn and patterns:
http://www.malabrigoyarn.com/patterns.php?id=7

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Finally - the Hooded Scarves and Cowls collection, now available

This one took awhile - but I am so happy with the final outcome.  You know, you start with an idea, you knit it, frog it, rip it and re-start it.  You try and visualize it, you try to add new elements and different techniques.  You basically try and get into the knitters head to see what they might be wanting knit from the technique to the style.  Each time I finished a design I would think....what if I did this and that and before you knew it, I was up to 4 designs all very similiar in style but different in techniques.  1,680 yards later - and I've managed to knit up (with the help of a very special sample knit of course!)
3 cowls and 3 hooded scarves.

It feels great to finally be able to launch it after so many months.  Pattern is fully written as well as done in charts. 

Pattern only available through Sandrasingh.com (see link below).

https://id306.securedata.net/sandrasingh.com/merchantmanager/product_info.php?products_id=3422







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I'm a mother of 2 girl's, 12 and 15, a wife of 21 years and an obsessed knitter. I'm an avid gardener and cook.