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Tips for Making Your Own Clothes

Have you been thinking about making your own clothes?  It may seem intimidating at first, but once you get going, you’ll likely learn to love it.  There are different places to start, depending on if you have any experience or not.  If you’ve never used a sewing machine, you can work with someone with experience to show you the ropes or use YouTube videos to show you around.  Don’t expect to be perfect, because it takes some practice and most become well versed at using a seam ripper as they need to start again.  Try to have patience with yourself as you start out making your own clothes and use these tips.

Start With Alterations

If starting from scratch seems overwhelming, then start with something that you can alter to make your own.  An excellent place to start looking is at thrift stores or yard sales.  Look for garments that you want to make your own or that need alteration to fit.  It will be an inexpensive way to start if you have no experience sewing, so even if it doesn’t work out and you need to ditch the project, you’re not out too much time or money.

Keep it Simple

As you move from simplified alterations or you want to jump right into making your own garment, keep it simple.  An elastic waist band skirt is a good example of a simple project that most anyone can put together quickly and easily.  Taking on a simple project will help you build confidence to take on something more complicated.  Then you can move to something a little more complex without feeling overwhelmed and unsure.

Mistakes Happen

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, because this is new to you and you will make mistakes.  Start by using inexpensive fabrics before you move to the more expensive materials because they are often harder to sew.  Practice putting in zippers and making button holes on a piece of castoff fabric before you try it on your almost finished garment.  This way, if it goes epically wrong, you won’t be too upset or out too much.

Tutorials

If you find yourself struggling with one part of a pattern or unable to understand one part of a pattern, don’t be shy about doing research.  There are many handy tutorials on the internet to help you.  Tutorials can help you learn how to make a hem without buckling, put in an invisible zipper, and so much more.  Don’t struggle with your project for too long before you reach out to find the answer to why you’re having a problem.

Go Green

By making your own clothes, you can choose eco-friendly fabrics.  You can get these fabrics from places online, such as Crafting a Green World, or from sites that sell vintage materials or organic material.

Don’t Give Up!

The more you sew, the better you will get.  The more you learn, the more complicated pieces you’ll be able to sew.  Before you know it, you’ll be making your clothes and clothes for other people.  Sewing is not a lost art, and more people want to learn how to make their own clothes so they can choose their fabric, they want unique outfits, have a difficult time finding clothes that fit or to cut the cost of having a wardrobe.

As you learn more about sewing and create your first impressive pieces to wear, you’ll find a great sense of pride in your work.  The experience will also make you aware of how much work goes into the clothes you wear.

DIY Screenprinting Tips

Silk screen printing can seem intimidating at first, but it’s actually easier than it looks.  You can set up your own home screen printing quickly and inexpensively.  Understanding the fundamental principles will help you get started.  Screen printing is similar to stenciling.  If you’ve stenciled something before, you’ll be a step ahead.  If you haven’t, it’s not too difficult.  The most important thing to understand when stenciling is to keep your image still while you paint.  With that understanding, you can get started by finding the image you want to print on fabric.  Make it the size you want and just print it out.  From the printed image, these tips will help you create your own screen print on a shirt, skirt, or other fabric.

Fabric Stretching

An inexpensive way to begin is by purchasing a large embroidery hoop that you can use to stretch the fabric.  You need a thin fabric, such as a woven mesh, because the thinner the fabric used, the better.  As an alternative to woven mesh material, you could use old nylon hose or some old sheer drapes.  You begin by stretching the fabric over the smaller embroidery hoop and securing it with the larger hoop.  There is a screw to allow for adjustments, and once you have secured the fabric in the hoops, make sure it is pulled evenly tight.  As an alternative to the embroidery hoop, you can use an old picture frame.  The idea is to get the fabric evenly tight so that you can trace the image onto the fabric.

Image Placement

Place the image on a sturdy surface and put the hoop or frame with the fabric face side down on top of the picture.  To keep it from moving around, it helps to tape the image to the frame or fabric.  By using a pencil, trace the image onto the fabric dark enough that you can easily see the edges.

Prepping the Image for Transfer

You will need some water resistant glue, such as Mod Podge, which is great because it dries clear.  Using a small paint brush, paint the negative space inside and outside of the image, and allow it to dry completely.  You will need to use your patience for this part because it can be tedious.  When it’s dry, the fabric becomes stiff around the traced image, which creates the transfer.

Fabric Preparation

Get a square of cardboard that will allow for some room around your image and place the fabric over it so that the ink won’t bleed through.  If you are screen printing a T-shirt, put the cardboard inside the shirt in the area you plan to print.  When you have the fabric prepped, place the screen on the fabric where you want to screen print the image.  Note, the image on the hoop will be placed upside down on the fabric.  It’s best to secure it in place with some weight on either side to keep it in place.

Screen Printing

Now you are ready to screen print your image on the fabric.  Take your fabric ink and put a couple of “glops” on the fabric in the center.  Cutting a piece of cardboard to fit in your hand comfortably, and then use it to spread the ink around and make certain the entire image is covered. After the image is covered, slowly remove the screen from the fabric.  Note: peel the screen off in one direction with a slow and even motion.  Once removed, be sure to rinse the ink off the screen before it dries.

Setting the Print

Allow the screen printed fabric to dry completely before moving it, and when it’s dry, get out your iron.  Adjust the iron on a medium to high heat setting, place a piece of paper over the screen print, and iron it for two to three minutes in a circular motion.  If your iron has a steam option, do not use the option for this project because it can melt your design and may leave behind paper residue on the image.  If you followed these directions, you have just created your first print!  Now you can enjoy DIY screen printing.

Fashion Designers That Didn’t Give Up On Their Dreams

Tom Ford

Tom Ford

Fashion design is an ever-changing industry where staying up to date and focused is very important. For many fashion designers, the goal of becoming a designer took a lot of work, dedication, and focus. The popular fashion designers, such as Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs, have dealt with struggles in many forms like drug addiction or career confusion, but they have always pushed forward which has helped them become who they are today.

Tom Ford is a famous fashion designer that was born on the 27th of August in 1961. Tom first decided to study architecture but changed his mind and switched over to fashion. After school, Tom began his career with Gucci. He started out as a designer for women’s wear in 1990. After four years, Tom became the creative director for Gucci. In 2005, Tom decided to resign from the Gucci company. After resigning from Gucci Tom began his own fashion brand under the name Tom Ford. The Tom Ford line offers menswear, beauty products, and eyewear. In the fashion design industry, Tom has been very successful. He has won many awards for his work with Gucci and his own line. In 2001, Tom was named the GQ designer of that year. While fashion design has been Tom’s main focus, he has also directed and co-wrote a film titled “A Single Man.” This film was based on a Christopher Isherwood novel.

Donatella Versace was born on the 2nd of May in 1955. She was born in Italy. Donatella’s brother, Gianni, started the Versace company in 1978. Donatella worked as his advisor for many years supporting him in his growth. Donatella worked as the chief designer for Versace’s line called Versus. When her brother was battling cancer, Donatella stepped in to help keep the company going while her brother was absent during his fight. In 1997, Gianni lost his life in a shooting outside of his residence in Miami, Florida. After her brother’s death, Versace made Donatella the creative director. This wasn’t a major change as Donatella had been practically leading the company for two years during her brother’s illness. While Versace is very popular in the clothing industry, the company has a very wide range of product lines. They create perfume, furniture, home goods, and clothing. They also operate two hotels.

Marc Jacobs is a fashion designer who was born on the 9th of April in 1963. After the death of his father, Marc’s home life was unstable and often uprooted to relocate based on his mother’s dating and marriage life. After beginning to feel distant from his mother and siblings, Marc decided to move in with his grandmother where he finally felt at home. While there were many difficulties in Marc’s life, he remained focused on becoming a designer. At 15, he was enrolled in an art and design high school while working at a Charivari after school. After high school, Marc attended Parsons Design School. After school, Marc became the designer for women’s wear for the company Perry Ellis. In 1993, Marc decided to leave Perry Ellis and begin his own line. Louis Vuitton named Marc the creative director in Paris of luxury goods. The stress from work resulted in a downward spiral of drug use in his personal life. Marc entered rehab in 1999. After beating drug addiction, Marc launched a new line for Louis Vuitton while expanding his own fashion line. He has been the designer of the year in 2002 for menswear and the designer of the year in 1998, 2003, and 2005 for accessories.

These fashion designers have pursued their dreams and achieved their goals. Although there were many struggles, they were able to overcome any issues and become the great designers that they are today. The world is full of famous fashion designers who are all very different. The one thing they all have in common is that they never gave up on their dreams.

Questions and Answers About NYC Fashion Week

What is a “fashion week”? It’s a fashion event lasting one week where the latest styles are launched in runway show style or presentation style to fashion buyers and the media.

New York Fashion Week is one of the most popular weeks and one of the most popular events in Manhattan. It’s one of the top places where fashions are debuted to the public and the who’s who of fashion. Here are some questions and answers about NYC Fashion Week:

1. When Is The Event Held and For How Long?

Fashion designers, models, boutique owners, the press and everyone interested in fashion look forward to NYC Fashion Week. It is a semi-annual event that is held every February and September and lasts from seven to nine days.

2. Has Fashion Week Always Been Open to the Public?

In the beginning, NYC Fashion Week was a trade only event. Only those people who were exclusive to the business were invited, leaving the public to experience it only through the media. Today, NYC Fashion Week is open to all. However, there are industry NYC Fashion Week shows that are not open to the public. For a member of the public to get a ticket to Fashion Week in New York is still rather exclusive. Big department stores sometimes offer tickets as well as designers. Sometimes tickets are offered through prize giveaway.s

3. Is NYC Fashion Week Part of the Big 4?

Of the many fashion weeks of the world, the “Big 4” are the most notable. It includes New York, London, Milan and Paris in that order.

The original Fashion Week started in New York in 1993 and was invented by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The London, Milan, and Paris weeks were added later.
4. What Designer Fashions are Found?

Most all of the top designers most familiar to the public show up for NYC Fashion Week including Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein, Boss, DKNY, Michael Kors, Nicole Miller, Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, and more. Some designers choose only to focus on NYC Fashion Week, while other designers are sure to show at all of the Big 4 locations.

5. What is Presented at Fashion Week?

Fashion week is known for displaying the latest trends in men’s and women’s styles which include clothing as well as shoes, hats, jewelry, and bags. Each show lasts for about 10 minutes.

6. Does NYC Fashion Week Specialize in a Certain Look?

Each of the Big 4 have their specializations. For NYC Fashion Week it’s sportswear. At London’s fashion week, the designs are more daring and avant-garde. At Milan, you will find highly original, over-the-top designs. At Paris, the designs are haute couture. Most couture designers, such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci do not show in New York. They show only in Milan, London, and Paris. New York is reserved for sporty, affordable, ready-to-wear looks.

6. How Much Money Does NYC Fashion Week Generate for New York?

The greater metropolitan area receives as much as $900 million from Fashion Week. The more than 500 shows draw in over 230,000 attendees.

How To Pursue An Exciting Career In Fashion Design

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Typically, when people think of fashion design, they think of big-name designers such as Ralph Lauren or Betsey Johnson. However, there are many not-so-famous people who also work in the field of fashion. These people design clothing for retailers throughout the world. Whether you want to work in the glitz and glamour of the high-fashion world or you just want a chance to influence clothing that is worn by everyday people, becoming a fashion designer can be extremely rewarding.

If you want to work in this field, you need to have a creative mind and a good eye for color. It goes without saying that you should also love fashion. If you spend all your time reading fashion magazines, shopping for clothing, watching fashion shows, or keeping up with the latest trends, chances are this career would be a good fit.

Ideally, you should attend a design school if you really want to make this your career. Many art schools have a specific curriculum that is centered around fashion. In school, you will learn about all of the tools that are used to make clothing as well as basic design principles and construction techniques. Mastering the basics can give you the foundation that you need to start creating your own designs.

While you are in school, you can also start building your portfolio. This is essentially a look book of all of your best work. Take photographs of everything that you create. Also, if possible, save some of your best pieces so that you have them to show to potential employers when it comes time to look for a job.

When you get out of school, one of the first things that you should do is look for an internship. This will give you a chance to get your feet wet in the world of fashion and to build relationships with industry insiders. In many cases, the company that offers you the internship will eventually go on to hire you as a full-time employee.

Alternatively, you can also branch out on your own and start your own fashion line. Be aware, however, that this requires a lot of money and patience. You need to be willing to put in hard work before you succeed. Additionally, you also need to find a way to cover your expenses until you start making money with your clothing. Typically, this means working a second job along with starting your own clothing line.

Fashion Hacks EVERYONE Should Know

You can be the most fashion obsessed and fashion conscious person in the world and still need some good hacks every now and then. Heck, I bet even world famous designers like Roberto Cavalli, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kate Spade, Hubert de Givenchy, Carolina Herrera, Tom Ford, Donna Karan and all the other beg name designers even need a fashion hack every now and then.

Well, if you are ready for some of the most useful fashion hacks that I have ever seen, then let me share with you this awesome collection of them that I came across online. You see I was on YouTube and really just happened upon the video below and found out that it was actually a pretty decent collection of essential fashion hacks.

Why not give it a watch below and see if you don’t learn something awesome from it! The video is called: 10 Fashion Life HACKS Everyone Should Know

Via Roxxasaurus – Hello my lovelies!! Today I bring you a collection of 10 Fashion Life Hacks that everyone should know! Some of these you guys may already know but these are my favourite fashion hacks so I thought I would test them out and share them with you in this video! Don’t take this video too seriously, it’s just a little bit of fun!! Hope you enjoy!

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