“Guess what I got done today?” I asked my mom over the phone.
She replied, “What? Your shirt?”
“Nope. I got nothing done. Zilch. Nada.”
Wondering why that is so, even though I showed such promise, that I did not progress in my path to create a shirt?
May I reference the title of this post:
“I curse thee, bobbin!”
Seriously. Today’s whole entire class consisted of me having machine problems, the root of which was the bobbin.
From 1:30 to 4:30- yes, the whole time- I struggled with my bobbin, my machine, and my tension on the machine.
Today was not my day. At all.
So, for the reason that I just struggled with my machine during class the whole time, this is a short post.
I would not wish the amount of frustration I have with that machine and myself on anyone.
I hope you all were more successful than me at whatever you were doing today!
Well, at least I’m on my way home now. I’m ready to have a snack and chill after this tiring day of doing nothing. (Or, at least, not progressing.)
Gregg Woodcock is a Adjunct Instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He hails from the Bronx and has a degree in Industrial Design with a minor in Transportation Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Mr. Woodcock teaches this awesome class: HLD 031 SK8, Run and Jump into “SNEAKEROLOGY”
Sneaker freakers, fashionistas and advocates of all things different will love this course. This class will walk you through the development of professional sketches for your own sneaker design. You’ll learn the importance of design research in various markets including vehicle design, cultures, and music, and then use this research to develop drawings from thumbnails to ink line drawings of your original ideas. You’ll learn the lingo of athletic shoe parts and become familiar with the process of creating product specifications to present to a company. You’ll also learn basic sketching and presentation techniques required for your portfolio.
Professor Woodcock’s Teaching Philosophy:
To engage the a student’s individuality; channeling what is great in them and how it applies to the course they are enduring.
On Precollege Programs:
“I’m a child at heart. Teaching here takes me back to my younger days as an artist. I know what I would have wanted to learn, who I would have modeled myself after and who I was impressed by and wanted to learn from.”
- Lead designer for P. Diddy’s footwear operation
- Designer of luggage and sport bags for Nautica, Chaps and Trump
- Launched footwear for Mossimo
- Designed for Fila, FUBU Phat Farm, and Diane von Furstenberg
Advice for Students:
“Be humble. Find a way to absorb new knowledge. Open your mind, eyes, ears and be fearless of any question. Keep a sketch book- not only for sketches but for questions, passions, desires and dreams.”
Now, to Eighteenth Street; where I found a solution for my almost-no-project problem…
There was a vintage show down at the Metropolitan Pavilion. It’s a venue used for a bunch of different things; and it was the second time I had been there; the prior I was there for my first-ever somewhat-legit fashion show, yet that is another story for another time.
At the vintage fair, the clothes were mainly vintage designer stuff, and were all obscenely expensive.
However, there was something that caught my eye.
Vintage patterns! Yippee! It was exactly what the doctor, er, seamstress, I guess, ordered.
They looked totally awesome, and the best part was that I actually got two for about half the price of just one of today’s patterns. Usually patterns, at least in stores, are obscenely expensive.
I was super excited about the patterns. I could so totally see my flower-patterned cloth being made into them. (Though I am still on the fence as to which one I am going to make. Oops.)
One is a long, more flowy dress, perfect for summer, whilst the other is a more structured dress but still also perfect! This is quite the dilemma, I think.
(I have one in mind, though; you’ll find out which one I picked soon! I hope that all of you will like it!)
I’ve got to dash!
The previous Saturday, I finally put the finishing touches on my blouse, like the hems on the sleeves and bottom, only after struggling with the bobbin and problems caused by it for around 15 minutes.
I also cut my pattern for my dress out, which basically took up the rest of the class. (It’s a whole lot of cutting out to do! Please don’t judge; I am exceptionally terrible at using scissors.)
What was really cool, though, was that we took a little baby field trip. My professor took us down to see the work of some of the students that were on display. The works drew inspiration from the 60s and Andy Warhol.
It was indeed something spectacular to see. The only critique I have was that the music playing in the background did not include the “Welcome to the Sixties” song from Hairspray. It would have been a pretty-much-perfect fit, in my opinion.
But other than that, this past week’s class was fairly uneventful; just cutting out lots of pattern pieces. And I did not really go on an adventure afterwards, either; I just went to get the fabric and other doodads for my dress which I did not have already.
Hopefully someone had a more eventful weekend than I!
Student: Paulina (16) Kramarz, NJ
Program: Saturday Live
HAR 016 Creating the Fashion Figure
Describe your personal style?
I can’t exactly pinpoint my style, but I would say it is cute in a professional way. I LOVE black and white, and monochromatic looks. At the same time, I love the grunge sort of look.
Where do you go on your breaks from class?
Moda, Starbucks, Wholefoods, Gigi Cafe…. basically any place with food.
What is your favorite thing about FIT?
How your immediately immersed into the world of fashion from the moment you step foot into class. Once you step out, you have the city to inspire you.
Who or what inspires you?
Model Cara Delevingne, black and white photos, and architecture.
What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
Anything my heart desires.