We are approaching the final stretch! D-day is only 5 days away, and stress levels have already begun to overflow. As we finish up our second ensemble, we are already sketching our third. We are in FULL OVERLOAD mode, and are neglecting classes left and right. We’ve stopped showering, eating, and sleeping. Our normal body functions will slowly start to fade, and we will forget to do simple things such as blink and regulate our body temperatures. What keeps us going? A mix of fear and hope. Fear of the wrath that comes with not completing a garment on time, and hope that somehow or someway this will all be worth it. These next days will be filled with sore fingers, ravenous trips to the garment district, and hallucinations of red flags. Apparently most of us have lost our minds and strange things truly are happening… which makes for great video footage Enjoy.
Most of us didn’t sleep from Sunday to Monday and those who have, I bet it’s not much!
We all brought our outfits on Monday morning and showed them to Reiko, our critic and professor Skocir, our collection mentor. We met upstairs, on the third floor (we call it the draping room) instead of downstairs, our knitting lab. In the draping room, every student has two forms and can put the outfits and present them to the critic and the professor. This our last week before judging day!!! Reiko and P.Skocir carefully looked at our work and gave us final suggestions. By next Monday, everything has to be ONE HUNDRED % finished! Of course, we are about to flip out, but surely not as much as the other knitwear class who has everything due TOMORROW!!! I can’t wait to have a look at what they are doing!
In the meanwhile, enjoy those pictures. I will post an entire gallery next week, and will focus on presenting some of students work. At the moment, everything is still a work in progress and everything can change until the last minute!
….your professor tells you that you need to change your fabric when you are done with your dress and you critic is coming on Wednesday and you are taking a bunch of other classes and interning and you cry for like 4 hours because you are stressed and dancing like a doofus makes you feel better. —yes I know this is a ridiculous run on sentence, it’s called word vomit when your stress level is at my percentage! Anyways…this is a small video I put together today with my bff Grace and I literally going “Crazy” over school and deciding to have a little dancing fun to burn off some steam.
Sorry this is a short post, my life is a little whacky right now, as you can tell. (Garment photos will be coming soon!!!)
To execute my cotton ensemble, I needed volume and LOTS of it. I decided to execute the second petticoat of my life using cotton organdy. Of course, the organdy only came in white so I had to dye it to ivory- which in turn, washed out all the starch. I spent over 6 hours (actually almost 10 hours) ironing and starching this fabric over two days. Now that it feel like paper, it is perfect petticoat material. I realize it kind of look like little house on the prairie, but it’s so pretty! Onto the robe at this point. The robe with be made of sheer cotton tulle which will drape over the petticoat. 8 days and counting friends.
10 days and counting until D-day. I remember when that looming date of April 11th seemed light-years away. The general mood among the class: PANIC. Welcome to the REAL Project Runway. The Challenge? Complete an intimate apparel ensemble in 10 days made using at least 95% Cotton. Now while you’re making this ensemble, make sure you are also interning two days a week and taking at least 12 credit hours to stay a full time student. Which brings up another good point: Our professors in other classes ACTUALLY expect us to do THEIR work this week!?!? I mean, can you say BIG PICTURE?!?!
Well, for all the griping, second ensemble is actually coming along pretty well. I have the bra and garter finished, and am currently trying to dye the panty. I would love to start on the robe, but I decided to try to save money and buy my cotton tulle on-line. Only yesterday did I find out that the guy sent it PARCEL POST after I specifically said I need is ASAP! Utter FAIL. I’m trying to knock out anything else that can be done while I’m waiting for the arrival of this grand package. This includes but is not limited to dyeing, cutting lace, beading, making bows, making a petticoat, and draping the robe. No big deal.
Oh, and apparently we’re asking to much to have the supplies we need actually available in the garment district! Since Greenberg and Hammer went out of business last year, it has been impossible to find garters! Steinlauf and Stoller only carries the VERY large vintage ones. So what do we do? Typically we do one of two things: Cut apart a garment from a previous semester that has garters; OR buy a really nasty lingerie piece from H&M or CONWAY and steal the garters! I bought a DISGUSTING fuchsia pink thing they called a bustier at Conway for $9.99 and cut the clear plastic garters off to be used on this ensemble. The garters are covered with ribbon anyways so you don’t really see them. But the fact that there are CONWAY garters on my thousand-dollar masterpiece, well, that will be our little secret.