Just Express Yourself!

There is one thing that I hear time and time again: the majority of students at FIT feel like they’re able to express themselves and wear whatever they want when they come here. This is the great thing about FIT; the people that come here don’t feel judged or pressured to look a certain way. Even some girls I was talking to today were saying how they look forward to coming to FIT every Saturday because they can get “dressed up” and wear stuff that won’t make them feel like an outsider, as it would at their regular high schools.

I think it’s wonderful, how FIT lets people feel this way unintentionally. I mean, FIT’s a school, so it doesn’t talk or have feelings…

However, I don’t see the reason why people don’t express themselves in regular school or at home as they do at FIT. I admit, a while back I didn’t always think like this, but now I’m realizing that the way I dress at home and at FIT aren’t much different. I want everyone to be like this. It goes to show how people truly aren’t themselves at home since FIT brings out a person’s “real self”. Just aim for your “FIT self” and “home self” to be the same person. That’s all I have to say.

Now, on to the fun stuff! This week in my fashion merchandising class our decade project was due. I chose the 90′s, wrote a report and created a powerpoint on the 90′s influences, trends, blah blah blah. Additionally, I dressed up as my decade. I wore velvet leggings, a plaid flannel, band tee and platform shoes. Oh and a hair scrunchie!

Next week in my fabric styling class we are going to Mood and I am just a bit excited. I can’t believe I’ve never been there, Mood to a fashion student is like peanut butter to jelly :)

Fashionably Truly,

Michaela

My Day At F.I.T.

On this particular Saturday I woke up early in order to get my stuff together. I missed last

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my classroom

week, so I was super nervous that I would be behind. I triple checked my bags and made sure to bring my camera. My dad drove me so I had enough time to settle in before my first class started. I had missed the week when we worked on the apron but I was ahead so I only had the embellishments to do. My teacher is very good with giving each of us personal attention, considering how huge the class is, so she took the time to explain to me what to do. After I had finished my apron I thought it looked pretty good. I didn’t spend a lot of time on it, though, because I wanted to move onto the shorts. I had gotten a really

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my cray-cray shorts

cute fabric for the shorts and I couldn’t wait to give myself a headache cutting out the pattern. The pattern she gave us to copy was really interesting. I’ve made pants before, but I made my own pattern, so seeing a proper pants pattern was slightly confusing. It looked very similar to the pattern I made, just slightly more polished, and the pocket was a new idea for me. After cutting what I was starting to think was the worst fabric ever, I got to sewing. By then my

eyes had calmed down and I liked my fabric again. I started by sewing the strange pockets to the front pieces. I made sure to take this part slowly because I wanted to remember it for future use. After I ironed everything down I started  assembling the shorts. Pretty quickly they started looking less like blobs of fabric and more like shorts. By the time class had finished I was ninety percent done. All I have left is hemming and adding the elastic waist. I had my hour long lunch break which I used to go shopping at H&M, which is super close. Then it was time for my second class. In my draping class I had to be graded on my pencil skirt, so I got there early to get a head start.

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my draping classroom

After pinning my pencil skirt to my dress form, my teacher graded it and it was time to start class. Because I was slightly behind, the teacher had me watch the demonstration and then she came over to help me with what we had to do. We were making the flared skirt, so I had fun dropping the hipline to create the flow. She showed me how to collect just enough fabric to make an even flair. After I had marked everything I took it off the dress form and trued it all. I always have trouble with truing because I never seem to find the angle that hits the most dots. My teacher is always willing to help though, so I never mess it up too badly. It took me the entire class to do the front and back and waistline. My teacher explained that a flared skirt should hang for at least two days so the

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my flared skirt half done

threads can even out; otherwise your skirt will go all lopsided. Our skirts are going to have a week to hang in the closet, so I think we’re good. Overall I think it was a success. I’m no longer behind and my sewing class teacher let me bring home my apron before she grades it. I plan on making it very pretty and finishing up anything I did wrong in my haste to move onto the shorts. Next week I’ll be graded on two things, and finish two things. I’m really just looking forward to starting the bodice in draping class.

Sissi

 

 

A Bittersweet Ending

As the past couple days have gone by, I have realized I’m not returning to FIT the following week. My alarm will ring for 6:50 AM and I will simply sigh, turn it off, and take in the harsh reality of nnot returning to the place I love.

These past three weeks have been the highlight of my summer. (And probably of my year) I mean, come on, it’s FIT.. It’s unlike anywhere else.

The classes I took this year were outstanding. I made some remarkable new friends who I will DEFINITELY keep in contact with. I even found my roommate for FIT! (If I get in!) My experience here was phenomenal. I wish I was a freshman so I can take even more Precollege classes! Unfortunately, I live too far away to attend classes during the Fall or Spring. What a shame.

I hope I get good marks on all my final projects. I am so anxious to view them! They are getting posted on August 2nd, so remember to check them out!

My jacket (from my sewing class) turned out phenomenal! I ordered a bunch of spikes and studs from this really cool website. I can’t wait to go home and apply them to my jacket! I’m also going to distress it with sand paper! In my first class I also made a t-shirt. It’s a grey jersey knit t-shirt with a ballet neckline and long sleeves. It’s the comfiest t-shirt IN THE WORLD!

I’m so excited to return home and start working on my portfolio. I think I will include my jacket in my portfolio.. I worked so hard on it and I am so proud of myself!

How were your classes? Do you think you will return to FIT? How did your final projects turn out?

Overall, my last day was filled with excitement, a sense of pride, sadness, and some realizations for the future. I was excited that all my hard work was finally completed. I had a sense of pride in myself, and in the work I created. A sense of sadness because I am leaving the place and people I have grown to adore. And the realization that if I don’t work hard, I may never return to FIT.. And that simply won’t do.

I hope you all had a wonderful experience at FIT, I know I did!

I do not want to say goodbye to any of you people” -Christa McAuliffe

Your Care Tag,

Bella

The First Step of Success – Day 1 at FIT

Today was the first day of the summer session at FIT, and it was amazing (despite the rain and my hair getting messed up, causing me to wear my hood). My class was much smaller than the classes I took over the summer, and everyone was very friendly.

To start off my day, I forgot to bring in my Parent Consent Form, which is required to begin my class causing me to wait in the ” D building” for my Dad to fax the sheet over. This is what happens when you don’t read your e-mails thoroughly , or in my case, the e-mails being sent to my unorganized father.

After about a hour of waiting, and talking with some of the F.I.T. faculty, and of course changing who the e-mails were being sent to, I went off to class. I am taking Advanced Fashion Art for Fashion Designers with Professor Urena.

As I walked into the class, I saw I was the only boy in there, which at first was a bit intimidating, but I quickly got over it and adapted. I was asked to describe myself, which was really unexpected. I wasn’t expecting the classroom environment to be so open and friendly. I thought we were just going to get to work, which wasn’t the case, luckily.

By the time class was over, I learned so much. I am slowly learning the skills to render correctly, correctly draw proportional fashion figures, adding texture to the sketches I create, and so much more. The skills I learned on day 1 were amazing, and just imagining what is yet to come in the next 10 weeks is thrilling!
Did you guys enjoy your first days? Tell me about it! Comment here about it!

Christian

In the Halls: Adesina

Student: Adesina (17) from Ohio
Precollege Programs Intern
Program: Summer Live 2011
Precollege Courses: HFM 061: the Business of Fashion

Describe your personal style.
I see my personal style as being a mix of tribal and preppy, but honestly my style varies every day depending on my mood.

Where do you go on breaks from class?
I love to go and sit in Madison Square Park with my friends.

What are your favorite things about FIT?
My favorite thing about FIT is one’s ability to express oneself freely.

Who or what inspires you?
My culture inspires me. My mother is from Trinidad and my father is from Nigeria. I find myself drawing inspiration from these two cultures.

What do you want to do after college?
After I graduate from college, I see myself working in a PR firm in NY and still gaining knowledge about the fashion business.