Congratulations Emily!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO EMILY KANE WHO WAS JUST ACCEPTED TO FIT THIS FALL 2014 FOR Fashion Design!

Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
HAR 016 55A AM Creating the Fashion Figure
HAP 026 Sewing for Fashion Designers (11 & 12 grades only)
HAR 087 Advanced Fashion Design Art Techniques II
HAR 089  Fashion Design Portfolio III
HPM 070  Basic Patternmaking and Sewing I (Grades 11 and 12)
HAP 153 Intermediate Sewing and Embroidery Design
HSX 090: Fashion Design Using Global Inspiration

Were you accepted to FIT this fall too? We’d love to feature you on the blog as well!
Email: Marta_Regulski@fitnyc.edu for more information

Congratulations Alicia!

AliciaFrenchCONGRATULATIONS TO ALICIA FRENCH WHO WAS JUST ACCEPTED TO FIT THIS FALL 2014 FOR Fashion Design!

Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
HAR 016  Creating the Fashion Figure
HAP 026  Sewing for Fashion Designers (11 & 12 grades only)

Were you accepted to FIT this fall too? We’d love to feature you on the blog as well!
Email: Marta_Regulski@fitnyc.edu for more information

Congratulations Jasmine!

JasmineRodriguezCONGRATULATIONS TO JASMINE RODRIGUEZ WHO WAS JUST ACCEPTED TO FIT THIS FALL 2014 FOR Fashion Design!

Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
HAR 016  Creating the Fashion Figure
HPM 070  Basic Patternmaking and Sewing I (Grades 11 and 12)

Were you accepted to FIT this fall too? We’d love to feature you on the blog as well!
Email: Marta_Regulski@fitnyc.edu for more information

Hey everybody! It’s Emily, the blogger from last fall with the chickens and the hurricane. I actually just moved back home, and the chickens are back in their coop in the backyard.

Putting together a fashion design application portfolio is not the easiest task. Especially while juggling AP classes, homework, fine arts portfolios and costumes for two plays at school at the same time. Thankfully, I have my own room with a desk to work on everything, and the portfolio class on Saturday mornings, where I can work on projects specific to the application.

But putting together a portfolio is also a chance to reflect on my work from the past four years of programs, and while there isn’t much of a change to the feeling conveyed by my drawings, there is a definite improvement in technique. Before I came to class, I worked only in watercolor, and I couldn’t get the proportions right or really show that the clothes were separate from the figure. When I had to use the art markers, I was scared of them. I didn’t like the way I couldn’t control them, but it was easier to render the different fabrics.

By now, the fall 2013 semester, I have learned a lot of little tricks that add up to more accurate renderings, like having a tucked shirt bulge where it meets the waistband, or showing the different layers of fabric when pockets have been appliqued on. Another big thing is showing shadows- don’t be afraid of contrast! Fabric doesn’t lay flat on a body, it has curves and bumps and hills and valleys that all catch light and cast shadows. Folds happen too. Try to draw them, especially if an elbow or knee is bent. It adds another dimension to the drawing. Wrinkles happen when fabric is gathered, and all that is is an extra shadow. And all that’s just from asking questions and observing what was fixed in my drawing classes!

Sewing is another beast entirely, because with fabric, you can’t really force it to do something it’s not capable of without working with it. Soft, flowy  fabrics aren’t going to stand up straight without being fused to a stiff backing, and stiff fabrics aren’t going to drape like a softer one. Wovens will not stretch as much as knits will. Zippers are an ordeal to set, and hemming a circle skirt is not the easiest task in the world. I think everyone’s made the mistake of forgetting to add their seam allowance at least once, and ended up with a garment half an inch too small on all sides. Or had a one-way print and accidentally had it upside-down on half their garment. I actually just did that one on a flare skirt. But that’s the process. You make mistakes, learn from them, and then move on to other mistakes. Eventually, you just don’t make those mistakes anymore.

I would say the most important thing I’ve learned from taking all these classes (I’ve taken 7 so far!) is there’s always something more to learn. Coming into portfolio, I thought I was set, but the proportions on my figures were still not correct, and I was having trouble with leg positioning. But everyone in class has something to teach you, even if they aren’t the teacher. I learned how to render pockets from the girl in the row ahead of me in the fall of my sophomore year. I’m helping the girl next to me right now with shading.

Are there any tips/tricks you’ve learned that help you in class? Share them in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

Hugs,

Emily

In The Halls: Lorie

Student: Lorie (17) New Jersey
Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Course: 
HAR 016 Creating the Fashion Figure

Describe your personal style?
My personal style changes everyday. Some days edgy, some days boho. Currently I’ve been dressing in very simple dark pieces.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
I like going to Moda, Starbucks, or Whole Foods for some fresh fruit.

 

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
I love how everyone is as creative as I am and the professors here are so helpful!

Who or what inspires you?
My mood and my surroundings inspire me the most, followed by music and other designers.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
After college I would love the travel the world with my job as a fashion designer. I just want to live a happy life!

MY BLOG: e-t-e-r-n-a-l-summer.tumblr.com