Hello, my name is CJ D and I am writer. I love to garden, travel, and explore the world
It was not uncommon for me to find myself in situations of heartache and forfeiture. It seemed as if there would always be something I had to escape from, to give it to God and wash my hands of the calamity that had become my chaotic world. One day I may understand why tragedy finds me, why I must endure the trials and tribulations of loss in secrecy. This was something I thought I had overcome, but the day of the attempt proved that it was only the beginning.
There was a time when I climbed to the tops of mountain peaks. A time when nothing mattered but me and the climb. Bouldering over rocks, running when I heard a rustle in the bushes, listening to the sounds of birds chirping high in the pine trees. It was a time when I was one with nature, a wild child, as wild as the wind rustling through the aspen trees on a warm summer day. The mountain side brought me a sense of home. Seeing the flora and fauna growing and maturing, learning new things about Mother Nature and her inhabitants engaged me in the wonderment of the world. Making it to the mountain peaks high above the hustle and bustle of city life was something that excited me. Through the exhaustion, the muddy shoes, the wet socks from stepping in the hidden babbling creek. It was worth it to reach the point where I met the clouds. The fear of falling was always present as I scaled treacherous mountain sides, but I trusted my body, I trusted my feet and hands to keep me from plummeting to the ground thousands of feet below. Overcoming my fears, I became a junkie seeking out my next peak. I sought after the impossible peaks, peaks that would take hours to climb to. Anything less than 10 miles was child’s play. The addiction became so bad that even the glorious peaks became mundane, I became jaded to the beauty of nature. My focus was solely on the climb. It was a time when I took my wet socks for granted. All of that changed when I ruptured my Achilles tendon.
Front single dart working pattern part:2
This is the moment I have been waiting for, to finally share my knowledge of constructing a working pattern. I never thought I would get to a point where I felt confident enough to share the process of creating a working pattern. I was fearful and full of doubt that I was capable of doing something like this. However, while I was creating the size 6 working pattern, there was something inside of me that blossomed. It felt like I had never given up on my dream of becoming a world renowned designer all those months ago. The confidence grew inside of me and I remembered why I started.
The size 6 working pattern Part:1
We have finally arrived at the size 6 working pattern. The working pattern is vital to future projects. It will be the basic form of the fit and production of every silhouette we will do going forward in the weeks to come. Before we can get into the working pattern, however, it is important to go over several items we will need to make the pattern successful.
The importance of stitch lengths
We are one step closer to actually stitching seams together. So far we have learned grain lines and the importance behind them, seam allowances, we have learned some things about textiles, and the anatomy of pattern making. Today in construction I want to discuss something that seems simplistic, but it really is important for the design and that is stitch lengths and the process of stitching.
The truth about flax fibers
Like cotton, flax is a plant based fiber. However, flax is a baste fiber. Meaning it comes from the stem of a plant whereas cotton comes from the seed. Flax is one of the oldest documented textile fibers. Fragments of linen fabric have been found in prehistoric lake dwellings in Switzerland. And in Ancient Egypt, linen mummy wraps were found in tombs dating back more than 3,000 years.
The art of pattern making
Pattern making is hard. Before I started school, I made a decision to start learning to make my own patterns. That decision was a catalyst to where I am now. There were countless mistakes I made when I was making working patterns. The biggest, and probably most crucial, mistake was my lack of knowledge of half scale vs full scale. All the measurements in the book I was studying was for half scale. I disregarded this knowledge about the measurements and forged ahead making each pattern the size I thought would fit the dress form, but using the half scale measurements.
Seam allowances. Why are they important to construction
Seam allowances, what are they? Why are they important? And can you live without them? Well no, because everything has seam allowances. From bedding, to garments, fabric on chairs, anything that needs to be constructed will have a seam allowance. When it comes to fashion on garment construction, seam allowances are the most important part of a pattern. They determine the overall look of a garment. A seam allowance that is wrongly placed, will add unnecessary bulkiness. A seam allowance that is incorrectly stitched will cause the garment to look misshaped and unflattering.
The truth about cotton fibers
Cotton fibers are one of the most versatile of all fibers. From warm weather apparel, active wear, upholstery, draperies, area rugs, towels, and so much more. Cotton is a cash crop in more than 80 Countries, because of its pleasing appearance, easy care, and moderate cost to produce. It has become essential to regions with climates that are capable of growing the plant. With rising demand for output of cotton and other plant based fibers, can these fibers continue to be sustainable for the environment?
How to save time and money on future sewing projects by learning the anatomy of fabric.
The construction of a garment is an art form. A beautiful seam, pressed to perfection, flat fell seams, pleated skirts, princess seams, raglan sleeves, these are all a few of my favorite things. However, construction is also difficult. It is one of the hardest things to get right. It is why I spent many nights stressing about future projects, spent hours crying over my failures, and having such crippling anxiety of giving designs to the world day in and day out. The struggle is real, but the rewards are well worth it. When a design comes to fruition, it brings such euphoria. Over the years I have learned many different tricks of the trade, and this specific topic is probably the most important of them all. Knowing your fabric, is essential to the overall outcome of any design.
Textile fibers and their properties
Textile fibers make up everything in the world. From blouses to brake liners and everything in between. Textile fibers are essential to the fashion designer, and to every industry. To cover everything there is to know about fibers in this post is a feat I will try and accomplish. Fibers influence everything about a product, from the feel, to the luster, the durability, even how fire resistant a material can be. Fibers are the building blocks to all fabrics. Fibers are the way of the future. New breakthroughs in fiber technology and processes happen constantly. But before we can get into all the new developments, we must first start with the basics.
My journey through Fashion
It is said, those who cannot do, teach. It was said to me in my second year of fashion school a few months before the pandemic disrupted the lives of so many people. I was asking my teacher about the best seam to use in the round of the head of a sleeve. We discussed plain and flat fell. I tried to sneak a French seam in there, however, from experience I knew it would not work, and my teacher agreed. This was a mundane conversation, but only until now did I realize the implications of what it would lead me to.