Monday, March 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Some of the scraps left over are too small to drape with so I'm knotting them together and knitting them on my hand to make a long scarf. Have you ever knit on your hand? It's so fun and super easy! No needles required just your two hands and yarn! Our model Valentine Kopjo showed us how at the fall photo shoot and I've been knitting on my hand since. I'll post a tutorial soon.
Doing a zero waste collection with Madras is a fun challenge. Each pattern piece needs to line up precisely with each vertical and horizontal stripe so that when the pieces are sewn together the garment is flawless. This typically means a lot of waste. To combat that I've created a collection of traditional pieces and their "shadows". I'm cutting out the traditional garments and then using the leftover scrap from the negative space to create additional shadow garments.
For my traditional garments I decided to make some of my most popular woven pieces that from my archived collections, the Jay Shorts, Bahar Pants, and Wrap Hogan Jacket. For the shadow garments I'm playing around with ideas for a shift dress, a vest, and a wrap skirt.
I spent last Friday morning with our fabric cutter Pastor Vasquez laying out some of the traditional patterns I made, making sure each line matched up. He cut my patterns this week, then yesterday gave me every bit of scrap back.
To be sure every last bit of the fabric is used, I've cut off the selvage and have begun knitting it on my hand, one of my favorite quick and easy knitting projects to do.
Today I've been draping additional patterns while Herminia, my seamstress sews the traditional garments. I'll be back soon with more updates and pictures.
Thanks for checking in and for your comments, it's so neat to hear everyone's feedback!
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
It is so special to know that each tiny cotton thread was woven by hand. I want to be sure every inch of the Madras is put to good use.
It's a bit scary to cut into something so special but also exciting! There's a sense of responsibility. My garments need to be respectful of the craftsmanship of the fabric. Functional and perhaps simple at first glance. Wearable yet as individual as each unique woven yard.
I'll continue to keep everyone updated!!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I'm heading back to my studio now and can't wait to open my package of Madras (Lungi) fabric!
I wonder what it will look like in person since I've only seen a small picture of it. And I can't wait to scan the barcode to learn the story behind my fabric!
Here are some quick sketches of my initial ideas... I'll be in touch as more develops.
I'm so honored to be amongst such a talented group of designers working on this project. It's hard to think of it as a contest. I really think it's just an awesome opportunity to work with gorgeous and completely traceable fabric. So so cool!