Thursday, June 18, 2009

Disappointing Summer

So I just realized how long it's been since i posted anything on here...long time. I've actually been kinda busy, just not as busy as i want to be. I've been working 4 days a week instead of 3 at the Von's bakeries all over SD (shoot me), and i managed to take my ENTIRE Microsoft Excel class in just a week (I know, i'm amazing). But summer hasn't been going so great. My friends all got home within the last two weeks, and we've hung out maybe twice in the time they've been here. I've been blown off like 6 times now, which is really messed up. I'm beginning to think the whole high school friendships thing isn't gonna last too long after this year. I mean, most of my friends are graduated. They're no longer coming home for summer, winter break and spring break. Now it depends on where they end up working, when they get leave, when they can get off work. It's weird, i felt like this summer it was really important to hang out with all of them but it seems like most of them have moved on with their lives already. Who knows. All I know is that this summer has been nothing like i thought it would. I built up so much anxiety and excitement for nothing. Oh well, I guess it's not the end of the world really, just an eye opener that my world is changing and time is passing and I need to get out and do something with my life now. Can't hold on to the high school years forever.

But on a more positive note...I just started working on a flight suit dress, which is going to be awesome. I'm taking an old Navy flight suit that i bought at GI Joe's Army Navy Surplus store and converting it into a dress. It's a bit of a challenge, but hey, I like challenges. I finished drafting the pattern for it yesterday, so now i'm sewing together the mock up/lining portion to check it for fit. Then i can take apart the flight suit and make the dress out of it...AWESOME! I'm curious to see if it actually works out.

Besides that, not too much happening. Summer really just started so there is a lot more time to get out there and take advantage of my time off of school, just not sure what i'm gonna do yet. I REALLY wanted to go to London with Daniel, but i'm pretty sure that's not happening. Well, time to get back to my dress and sew some more darts!

Monday, May 11, 2009

So, can I just tell you, I can't stand some of the faculty at Mesa College. I FINALLY finished my hat, and took it into class today to be judged by the Fashion Program Advisory Board. Seeing as i'm on the Line-up committe for the fashion show, I stayed at school for about 3 hours to help set up for the judging. While i was there, one of the faculty members (not exactly sure who) came in to try on a hat (the presidents of the college model our hats for the fashion show). So she walks in, kinda snooty, and we show her where the hats are and she starts trying them on. Then I ask a girl, also on line-up, how many of the hats had been assigned to a model already, and she said all but mine. So I went to the woman and told her "I guess all of the hats are assigned to models already except for the one with feathers" and her response was "well I'm not wearing that one, that's for sure! I guess there's no point in being here if all the rest are assigned. I guess I won't be modeling in the show this year." I just sat there, like...are you kidding me?! There were a couple girls from my class still in the classroom who just looked at me like they couldn't believe what the woman had said either. One of the girls turned to me and whispered, isn't the one with the feathers your's? When I nodded she was like, "I thought your hat was amazing." So yeah, it was rather embarassing and I almost started crying, but just laughed it off with the girls in my class instead.

Then, after this whole fiasco, I saw one of the faculty setting up display boards students had done the previous semester, and I told her I had one in my car I'd like to put up and she said that was fine. So I walked all the way back to the car, down a TON of stairs, in heals, got the board and walked all the way back. She looked at the board and was like, the back needs to be finished. I was like...seriously?! It's the back, who looks at the back? So, since I didn't have the time or the means of finishing the back, she wouldn't put it up to be judged. And looking at the boards she did put up, it was rediculous. The ones she liked were plain and ugly and completely unoriginal. I was pissed, but at least i never have to take a class from her again.

So, the semester's almost done. The end of semester fashion show is this Friday. I'm honestly just ready for it to be over. It's been so much work, and i'm exhausted. I can't wait till next year when i don't have to work at the show and I get to put a whole line of garments in it. I'll put pictures of all my work up as soon as I can.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Slow Progress

So, I found out today that one of my garments I was planing to put in the fashion show isn't actually going in the show, it's just a final project for a class, so now I'm down to 5 items in the show, which is still a lot now that I think about it. Especially since in one of my classes I've been playing TA for the past three months. I guess that's what i get for having prior sewing experience and actually understanding what's going on in the class. Seriously, some days I wonder why some of the people in my class are in fashion...they just don't get it. I spend all my time explaining procedures to other students instead of getting my own work. Most of the time I don't mind, I actually enjoy it cause it makes me feel important, but some days I just want to go into class and get a whole bunch of work done and it's just not possible with people asking me questions all the time.

So, besides that I got my sketches for two garments approved today. The first one is a skirt inspired by a trench coat (because if you know me you know I LOVE coats, but I can't make a coat in a level one pattern making class...too complicated, so I'm making a skirt inspired by one). It's going to be awesome. Then, since I'm making a skirt, I have to make a blouse to go along with it. The one I designed is sort of like a safari-type, button up shirt. Should be super cute when I get them done.

Besides that, not too much progress made. I need to go fabric shopping AGAIN. It will seriously be like the 10th time this semester, and I'm sure won't be the last.

So, overall, slow progress, but can't stay that way or else I'll never get everything done!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Let the Journey Begin!

Well, this is officially my first blog EVER! I'm kinda nervous. I've never been the type to tell my life story, especially to an online audience, but i'm sure it will get easier with practice.

So what, you ask, is a typical day in the life of an aspiring fashion designer? Well, so far nothing too exciting. Mostly a lot of stress in anticipation of the end of the semester fashion show Golden Scissors. The show is in 4 weeks, meaning i have 3 weeks to get all 6 of my garments completed for the show, only one of which is completed, and one other started. The plan for today: taking a trip to Home Depot to gather supplies to start a non-fabric garment. Then, perhaps fabric shopping for another garment, sketching out still another; the list is endless.

The next four weeks are going to be very long in some parts, but overall pass by much too quickly. So, let the journey begin!