After a long and gorgeous weekend being cooped up in my tiny apartment, ensemble #1, my baby, is done.
This past Saturday morning most of us came into class to get our robes approved by the professor. It was also the time to make any last minute corrections before the due date (today, monday). I embarked upon the hem that took a good 15 hours (most likely, I like to be a little dramatic). Of course, this too, was to be beaded (advice from the professor). I ripped my precious silk chiffon into narrow strips to make the edge trim. Something about ripping your fabric makes the process all that much more satisfying.
I finished the beading for my corset finally (hooray!), and am halfway done with beads on the robe. I love to do beading on my garments, and get very ambitious about it. The people at Bead World on 38th and Broadway know me very well. Sometimes I get a little regretful when I chose the tiniest glass seed bead possible to use. Of course, it takes A LOT longer than anticipated, but in the end it is very much worth it.
Today was presentation day for grading. Check out some close-ups.
Presentation day is not the day that our garments are chosen for the show. It is the day where we must be 98% done and we submit our garments to the professor for grading. If need be, corrections in fit can be made or suggestions on how to make your garment better. We all are usually hoping that there is no corrections to be made, but some of us aren’t so lucky. My sleeves needed to be more voluminous than what I made, and the professor and critic strongly suggested that I re-do them. I will do it, not that I want to, and nothing is actually wrong with the ones I have, but it will make my garment better. The work is never over, and my wallet is always hurting.
All of the ladies in the Intimate Apparel specialization are very talented and do just as much work as I do to meet all the deadlines. Here is a presentation from my good friend Madison. She made a beautiful lace body suit with a silk chiffon robe (check out the creative key hole and lace applique, love it). She takes risks in her designs to stand out from the crowd and she always tries to stay true to her aesthetic, which is not always easy. Some corrections aside, she did an amazing job, look for her cotton ensemble to follow!
Wednesday we are starting our 2nd ensembles. Mostly everyone has decided to participate in the Cotton Inc. competition where your garments must be made out of 95% cotton. One person from each specialization will be chosen as a winner, and receive a $2000 prize. Intimate apparel is hard to make in fabrics that do not stretch, for fit and comforts sake, but some people have already made their garments, and they came out beautifully.