In January, I bid many of my freelance clients farewell, and accepted a full-time consulting position in San Ramon. It’s been a busy transition, shuffling school, a full-time job, the commute, my family, and volunteer work. And at the moment, I have foster kittens, which just complicates everything!
I’m now 2/3 of the way through the pattern making program at Apparel Arts, and only have two electives left—Textiles and Manufacturing Practices. I am finally far enough along in pattern making that I can design my own pants! For those of you that know me, you’ll know that this has been a long-time goal.
It’s has been a real challenge working in a new medium and thinking in 3D. My day job has me on the computer 90% of the time, designing print materials and interactive pieces—mostly flat. Working to accommodate figures of varying types is new and really challenging for me (and OMG the math!). Of everything so far, I have enjoyed draping the most, because if felt more like creating a sculpture and seemed more natural. I might do more of that for my final line, since it was so enjoyable.
Speaking of my final line, I’ve had to start thinking about where I’ll go with it. What I DO know is that it will be a modern take on vintage styling, incorporating antique buttons, trim and details from the 1880’s through the 1930’s. It’s exciting!