I am really excited and a little nervous too about the fact that I'm competing on Project Run & Play this season!
For those of you who don't know what it is, Project Run & Play is an online competition for designing children's wear. Like the TV show Project Runway that it is cleverly named after, there is a new challenge every week and one person is eliminated .Project Run & Play has a lot of readers. I have been following it myself now for almost two years.
I have spent the past week mulling over ideas for the weekly challenges. Looking at high fashion, kids fashions websites, and Pinterest too for inspiration.
Yesterday I went to downtown Los Angeles and spent some time at the FIDM fashion library.
I spent some time there researching upcoming trends and buying my fabric in the nearby garment district.
Click here to read my Fabric Shopping in downtown LA buyers guide!
Photography is strictly forbidden in the library so listed below are a few fashion trends I read about which are forecasted for 2013 going into 2014.
Sculptured belts and waist details
Victorian and Rural themes for men
Fur collared overcoats
Galaxy themed prints
Soft muted, dusky pastels
With all these ideas swimming around in my head a mini collection started to gel. I have been sketching and coming up with lots of ideas.
I am going to be using some very grown up fabrics for my designs . As much as I love quilting cottons for baby sewing, there won't be any in these garments....I haven't been that thrilled with the hand of them for more detailed garments. Too bulky and stiff in general. Below are a few of the fabrics I will be using:
Silk boucle suiting
Yes, silk charmeuse can be a pain to sew with, but the results can be so pretty!
Since my fabrics are a little pricey I will be sewing up muslins first.
This will be an experiment in Kiddie Couture!
Another aspect I am excited about with Poject Run and Play is that commercial patterns are not allowed. I am going to get started on doing some basic blocks for my girls.
What are basic blocks? They are like foundation patterns that you make, then you trace and redraw them to make new styles. This method of pattern manipulation is known as the flat pattern method.
If you are intersted in learning flat pattern making for children I highly recommend this book below.
Metric Pattern Cutting For Children By Winifred Aldrich
I prefer to drape and I have my trusty dress form and effigy to help me below here:
She looks a little creepy there in my dining room!
I am a little intimidated about the sewing for boys week. I have recruited a friend's very adorable son to model for me. I have some fun ideas on what I am going to make for him, assuming I get that far in the competition.
Even if I am eliminated I will probably still sew along and add my projects to the Flickr pool as I already have my projects designed in my head and can't wait to get them sewn up!