From: Architecture, To: Sewing
by Kab Driver
I’ve wondered, over and over, what good came from studying Architecture for 5 years. Then last night, while on my 3rd set of pattern studies for a bodice and second set for the paneled skirt, I realized what I learned:
- Measuring 50 billion times and cutting once saves you lots of money and frustration, in the end.
- Making more than one mock-up allows you to physically understand the amount of space the object (in this case a garment) will take up, and mentally understand how much time it will take to construct.
- Not all of the ideas you have in your head are feasible in reality.
- Time Management: If you think it’s going to take 1 hour, it’s going to take 3 hours and you’re probably going to want to rest in between, so make it 4 hours.
- Patience, because you can’t get frustrated 5 days in, you have to work with your project and think it through until you finish.
- Concept and Research are necessary to make anything you are going to invest your time into.
- Designing for yourself is completely different than designing for a clientele base who work and live in worlds that may not allow flamboyant attire at all times.
So far, everything with sewing has been going great and it’s allowing me to embrace my creativity with care and patience. I’m not saying I’m a complete “G” at making clothes, but I am saying that I am learning a lot and feel at home in the process. It’s like drafting plans all over again, but for clothing. I’m thinking I will be taking a few continuing education classes geared towards fashion.
Millinery Update: I’ve slowed down in the world of Millinery due to scheduling and time conflicts. I will, however, be making another hat pretty soon, and I’ll even have pictures =)