The End is Coming Near

I had my interview today! I practically hadn’t slept all week, I was so nervous for it and had been working so hard to prepare and get everything together. It didn’t help that I had work all week and had tons of homework, but I got everything done in time.

I got there early, and saw some of my classmates there. I didn’t stop talking up until I actually went in for my interview, 2 hours later, because I was so nervous. I was one of the last people to be interviewed, and was practically jumping out of my seat. The questions were kept simple, and the feedback was mostly positive – although very little. It seemed to go very well and I actually met up with my class at the display for the graduating AAS class. I love to see all their work and how they display their portfolios.

In my last couple of classes in Fashion Portfolio, we’re going to be working on the second half of the design test, which is to design 4 original garments. I already have mine done and obviously already showed them, but it never hurts to keep improving. It’s also a lot better to sketch without so much pressure, because it allows you to be more creative and you can go back and work on details later and refine your work. I’m so sad to know that it’s almost over, and I’ll be signing up for a pattern making class for next semester as soon as possible.

Karlie

What hasn’t gotten better?

In the 6th classes I’ve taken at FIT, there isn’t one aspect of my work that hasn’t improved. Truthfully, it’s a little embarrassing to look at my old work and think that I was actually that terrible. Even though I need to work a lot more, I’m proud of my work. Now, the fabric I render…actually looks like fabric! And the shoes look like shoes and the faces don’t look like aliens!

Today in class I worked on rendering tulle, which still needs some work. Shoes are probably the hardest for me. Even though I have tons of ideas for shoes, they always seem a little odd looking to me. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself because I want to focus on Apparel though, and my garment detailing has definitely gotten better.

I have my portfolio interview with FIT December 3rd, and I’m incredibly nervous. I’ll probably be sketching up until I actually get called in. However, I have gotten some tips on interview advice, so I’ll share it with you. First, (I got this from Tim Gunn’s book, haha) when asked who your favorite designers are, try to include an American designer. In response to this question, most people ramble off a few european designers.  European designers are great, but if you’re going to a fashion design school in America, you might want to show some background knowledge of designers who went to an American design school. (Calvin Klein went to FIT!) Also, it helps if you pronounce the names right. Second, you should know the construction details of the garments that you sketch. This is what I would equate to knowing the materials you use in fine arts. How can you design clothing if you don’t know how it’s put together? Garments have seams, a point of entry, hemlines, pockets, etc.

For the remainder of the semester, I’m working on getting my portfolio finished and ready for interviews and college applications.

Karlie

After

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