Fit for Success

Ahahaha, yes I know, but I just couldn’t resist the corny title.

I went into this fitting a bit of a major nervous wreck. Having not slept at all the night before probably did not in any way help with my nerves. Going off the last meeting with the critic, I wasn’t so sure if I wanted to see her again, especially with my complicated garment in a bunch of pieces that needed to be assembled during the fitting to properly make adjustments and corrections. It just seemed like I was setting myself up for a disaster.

Our professor had sent us an email prior to class to be prepared to only possibly have enough time to fit one of our looks, so we had to choose the stronger of our two looks. Although I’m not entirely sure which look is ”stronger,” the obvious choice was the red monster since the triangles mold to the body in a much different manner than if it were on a rigid dress form.

At around 2pm, our three models, Kelly, Christina and Olga arrived. We all quickly figured out which girl would best fit into the needs of our dress and from that we used the chalk board to sign up for the three different models.

Noticing that Kelly was the overall slimmest of the three, I chose to use her as my fit model for the 1st look. Mimi helped me as I placed the triangles to make sure I covered her breasts, crotch and butt area, then quickly marked off the area that needed to be cut off and changed.

Amsale was running a little late due to her prior commitments so she did not see my 1st dress on the model which I secretly found to be quite the relief. However, as everyone finished fitting their first look, we were told we could start signing up to start fitting our second look. Instead of fitting my second look, I decided it would be to my best benefit to refit my first dress with the new changes from the 1st fitting I had marked off.


Besides the obvious need for an extremely stable, intensely boned under-structure, there wasn’t too much that needed to be done with the triangles. Best of all, Amsale was actually impressed with how unexpected the dress was turning out. Have to say, much improved from our last meeting.

Our class managed to get through everyone’s looks with an extra half hour to spare and I snagged the opportunity to fit my 2nd look on Christina.

Overall the fitting today was quite a success. Amsale was impressed with the improvement and work we all had accomplished within the time we last met with her.

Special thanks to Helen for snapping pictures of my 2nd fitting!

With spring break already in view, we have a little under three weeks to bang out whatever we have left on our two looks for critic pre-judging on the 13th of April.

Countdown: 16 days.

Amsale’s 3/27 Visit & Model Fitting Snapshots (Part 3 of 3)

Special thanks to Paige & Abdiel for helping with pictures!




Paige’s 2nd Look on model Christina




Kyle’s 1st Look on model Olga

Mimi’s 2nd Look on model Christina

Uzma’s 1st Look on model Ogla
Chelsea’s 2nd Look on model Christina


Hanah’s 2nd Look on model Kelly


Jordan’s 1st Look on model Kelly
Whitney’s 1st Look on model Christina
Tatiana’s 1st Look on model Olga

Ellie’s 2nd Look on model Christina


Mimi’s 1st Look on model Kelly

Kenny’s 2nd Look on model Kelly

Amsale’s 3/27 Visit & Model Fitting Snapshots (Part 2 of 3)

Special thanks to Paige & Abdiel for helping with pictures!


Chelsea’s 1st Look on model Christina



Chelsea’s 1st Look on model Kelly



Hanah’s 1st Look on model Christina



Whitney’s 2nd Look on model Christina







Yasenia’s 2nd Look on model Christina





Kukhyun’s 1st Look on model Olga




Ellie’s 1st Look on model Kelly



Kenny’s 1st Look on model Olga




Abdiel’s 1st Look on model Christina
Helen’s 1st Look on model Kelly

Amsale’s 3/27 Visit & Model Fitting Snapshots (Part 1 of 3)

Fit Day! We all rushed into our classroom a little after noon to do some last minute touch ups and prepare for the 2pm model fitting.

Special thanks to Paige & Abdiel for helping with pictures!





Paige’s 1st Look on model Christina


Uzma’s 1st Look on model Christina


Katie’s 1st Look on model Kelly


Kukhyun’s 2nd Look on model Christina




Kyle’s 2nd Look on model Olga

Tatiana’s 2nd Look on model Olga





Courtney’s 1st Look on model Kelly




Jordan’s 2nd Look on model Christina

One Step at a Time

Exciting news!!! My little sister has booked a last minute spring break trip to NYC using my saved up Chase Freedom points so she’ll be here from this Friday to Wednesday! But best of all? Because I ”paid” for the trip, I get to slave drive her for the entirety of her visit. I mean, it’s really only fair. God, I love little sibling intern (slaves)!

Anyway, added and sewed all the boning channels today. Took me a few tries to dye them the color I wanted so it took longer than I had initially planned, but they’re finally on there! The length of my boning channels are 3/8”, typically they are 1/2” but I personally prefer the look of the slimmer channels even though they are harder to sew. For boning, I chose to use spiral boning for this dress because spiral boning tends to mold over the curves of the body better and is more comfortable for the wearer.

Like all types of boning, it is possible to cut steel spiral boning down to the size you want on your own. However, it definitely isn’t a matter of using your scissors to cut it down. Trust me, your scissors will lose. I was determined and learned that the hard way my third semester.

For the best results, it is best to go get heavy duty wire cutters from somewhere like Home Depot. Don’t try going to a fabric store for this, they usually overcharge for something that won’t even cut steel properly. Remember to take seam allowance into consideration when deciding your boning length. Your spiral boning will destroy your sewing needle on impact.

After you cut the steel, you will be left with a sharp jagged edge that is no longer protected by a rounded tip. Worry not, for a small price these tips can be purchased separately. The hard part comes with attaching the tip. My friend Yecca taught me the best way to tip the spiral bones is to use a pair of needle-nose pliers and a pair of linesman pliers. Holding the bone and tip with the needle-nose plier and using the linesman plier to hold the edges in place, apply as much pressure as you can at the same time on the tip. This should secure the tip in place. If not, repeat until desired results are achieved or ask for help from someone that is stronger.

To my knowledge, these are the places that sell spiral boning:

Steinlauf & Stoller
239 W 39th St (between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10018
(212) 869-0321

http://www.steinlaufandstoller.com/

I usually get my bones here. It is $.50 per bone and $5.00 for a dozen. I believe, they have them precut from 3” all the way up to 15”, but don’t quote me.  Tips are $.10 each, $1.00 for a dozen and I think $7.20 for a gross (144 pieces). Be warned though, S&S is only open Mon-Fri and closes promptly at 5pm.

Sil Thread
257 W 38th St (between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10018
Rumor is that they will cut according to the size you need, but I have yet to go there to confirm those rumors.

Pacific Trimming
218 W 38 St (7th ave & 38th Street)
New York, NY 10018
(212) 279-9310

http://www.pacifictrimming.com/

I have only ever gone here for spiral boning during emergencies, because their prices for boning tend to be a little pricier than Steinlauf which adds up when you buy mass quantities. 

 
I’ve been relatively nervous about whether or not I made the right decision for making my skirt so full – it is fuller than a full circle – after I added in the 4” horsehair which has made it jut out in the most unflattering manner. So after I finished the boning channels and inserting the boning in, I started nervously tacking the many different shades of red hand dyed flowers onto my dress to see if it would weigh down the dress as I had originally thought. 
A bagillion hours later…

…Yup, I’ve definitely got a long way to go, but it does look like it will sit much better after I sew on all my flowers.

On the bright side, at least I’m at a comfortable point for tomorrow’s fitting.