Boobs on the Runway

Hey there!

So this week I'm doing a shout out to all of the newbies on the newsletter and if that's you...

Howdy! I'm Chris White. Nice to meet you!

We talk about some of everything within the confines of this email and after doing a brief intro of myself yesterday, today let's talk about Fashion Week... and the boobs that lie within.

Ok so have you ever been to this site?

http://fashionweekonline.com/calendar

I just found it this morning while I was looking for the fashion week dates and I was trying to see when the Fall/Winter 2016 shows started.

This is a great little resource that will allow you to keep up with whatever fashion weeks are going on (or even what "weeks" happened in the past).

It's totally awesome.

Ok now, the next question...

Do you ever watch any of the fashion shows... (past or present, as they happen, it doesn't matter...)

And then you see a boob or two and it totally throws you for a loop?

Like... "What is that boob doing there?"

I was trying to look at the details of this cute jacket or something and this lady's boob pops out!

Do you ever wonder WTF? Like... why did that just happen?

Is no one doing a boob check before models go out onto the runway?

Maybe it's just me.

Welcome to the wonderful world of fashion, right?

Even though I don't really support "Boobs on the Runway" (lol) I do love looking at all the different designs.

Especially fall/winter because that's my favorite season to wear clothing from.

I love the trench coats and sweaters and long sleeve shirts!

Soooo lovely...

But do you know what they all have in common?

They all use some sort of block to make clothing from!

Now from what I've read, it's not the same kind of block that we use when we're starting out in fashion school.

The blocks they use are actually from garments that fit well and sell well and have become the look that those companies brand themselves around.

Say for instance you have a nice trench coat that fits well and normally makes most of your sales for your company in the winter season.

You're going to hold on to that pattern and use it as a block to create other variations.

So you might take that sleeve and manipulate it to create a variation that still fits with the main pattern set for that jacket.

You might also change the collar and the front jacket pieces.

You keep the back the same.

You add a belt.

So now you've basically created a new jacket for this season while keeping a fit and overall style that you know your customers will spend money on.

It's definitely a system that works and keeps you from having to start from scratch every time, while allowing you to build up a system for creating garments that have a trusted fit and track record.

And I do something similar when I'm creating any garments I create. It speaks to the inner businessman/ lazy guy in me.

But this is good lazy! You want to be very deliberate about your consistency and in this case less confusion creates mistakes and less work.

Wasting money sucks and wasting time sucks too!

And if you're trying to get your basic pattern set done so you can work on developing your own patterns so you can eventually become quicker with your patternmaking (and get more clothing made in the long run), I have a course that teaches basic pattern set creation.

More details here:

http://www.sewschool.info/basic-pattern-set-creation-course-registration/

Chris White