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Designer Diaries: Patternmaking

Six weeks until KCFW kicks off, guys! It's crunch time! I'll give you a run-down of where I'm at as of today! I've now set up a fitting date with my models prior to rehearsal, and my goal is to get ALL pieces "ready to fit" prior to this date. I have to leave each piece un-finished enough to the extent that alterations are not so's frustrating to complete a garment and then have to deconstruct it and risk ruining it in order to alter it to the model. I have a few more pieces to finish in the next two weeks to be "fit ready," and I'm on track! In this entry, I am pattern-making pants. Now, disclaimer, this isn't an extensive pattern making process. Typically, pattern-making would require a ton of numbers and mathematical drawings. Since I do not have ALL of the specific measurements for each model and I cannot drape pants on a dress form, I am starting with a pant pattern that I use for a "block" (standard/stock pattern). I simply trace this pattern and then cut and redraw it to match my design wherever I choose to make changes. For styles like this, there's just no need to re-invent the wheel on the initial fit, since I'll have to alter it after fitting anyway.

A few cool things to note:

1) In the first half of the video, I'm wearing a green t-shirt with a sewing machine graphic on it. I really wanted to wear this shirt in one of my blogs. My friend, and fellow fashion designer, Nathan, was struck as a pedestrian by a vehicle about 2.5 years ago. He has had to re-learn every motor and communication skill, and is doing SO well, though I'm sure there are daily struggles that the rest of us don't see. Not only is he improving day after day, but Nathan is back to modeling for KCFW, and I ran into him at castings. These shirts were sold during his time in the hospital, in support of his journey; they say "Faith in Nathan." I'm proud to be his friend, and excited to re-unite again in October!

2) I hope you enjoy the music I've been choosing for my blogs! I tossed in a little Tom Petty in this one -- I'm a big fan. Also, a fun fact: the final song in this entry is Flowers In Your Hair by the Lumineers, which is actually my morning alarm sound. 3) Un-related to this blog post, TICKETS ARE ON SALE for KCFW! Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out! I'm showing on Saturday October 15th! Hope to see your face in the crowd! 4) For my next post, I am doing a Q&A! Please send me your questions by commenting on this video, via email at, or via snapchat/facebook/text if you have those contacts for me! Can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

I also want to mention in this exhaustingly awesome process, I often lift the stress to God, and ask him to bless my evening with productivity, while thanking him for the blessings he has provided along the way already! I encourage you to do the same any time you get stressed with work, social life, relationships, and oddly enough...your hobbies. One of the verses below, is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy the blog, AND the verses.


Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.


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