Have you ever had to create your own job? I once did as part of my professional growth, and in this post I share how my student loan debt taught me about creating income and helped me to find a way to make my own job and pay it off. I’ll share with you the steps I took and questions I asked to pay it off. Read along and learn how I turned this big problem into a path to grow professionally.Read More
Last week, I shared with you the story as to how my projects developed in the academic art world in Chicago, and then continued to grow into new areas of presentation when I took the art project I made to the runway in New Orleans. I also shared how the two world conflicted, and how at that time, I didn't know how to resolve it, so I took a leave from creating fashion collections. Today, I want to pick up where I left off, and share with you what happened during this sabbatical, and how the key takeaways came to prosper me, and show me new ways of operating in the profession of fashion design. There are some laws of creation I learned and I hope the lessons inspire and encourage you creatively too!Read More
In this video presentation about how I created my first clothing collections, you will learn: 1. How your unique voice really comes down to your personal story, and key takeaways that you can use in your personal sewing and design practice too.Read More
In this week’s article, I’ll show you the first project that I developed to create a new experience in a fashion designer and client collaboration that taught me how to balance input and criticism in fashion, and reasons why some people love a design, and why they sometimes don’t.Read More
This process of dressing other people made me aware of how fair relationships with clothing and fashion can be formed, and it shaped my perspectives into "fair fit" and "fair fashion". In this post, learn how starting a fashion business shapes your perceptions of clothing and fit and they relate to individual feelings and expression.Read More
Today I want to share with you some principles and initial steps to take in the beginning with your sewing pattern that will help you avoid sewing up a garment that doesn't fit. In this article, you will learn how to measure the pieces of your pattern, before you cut it, to increase your likely hood of a successfully sewn garment.Read More
When I created the name for my sewing studio, I meant for “Fair Fit” to house many examples of fair fashion, beyond the “fit” of clothing. Please read along, in this 6 part series I’ll discuss how in my professional experience I found fairness and became more empowered with clothing, fit, and working as a fashion designer.Read More
In this comprehensive article on the skill of patternmaking, and free get started workbook, I'll sketch out the learning process, the ideal aptitudes in the maker, the skills, the timeframe, and the critical thinking skills you will need in order to really be a good pattern maker. This article will help you determine if learning this skill really solves your problems, or if you can take another approach that gets you to your desired outcome more easily.
In the free workbook included with this post, I’ll introduce you to how a patternmaker looks at a design, so that you can understand the conceptual process I’ve used in my own work and with our students. Whether or not you are going to be drafting your own patterns, or interpreting commercial patterns, this workbook will help you look at patterns from a different perspective and how they serve you in design.Read More
How are interior architects and designers creating remarkable homes, and how does it relate to fashion design in your own life? In this article, let's explore the similarities between the design of home, lifestyle, and interior space and how it can inspire your own clothing design practice and bring fashion design to your daily life and creative practice.Read More
I’ve heard it said, creating your own business is like the biggest exercise in self development you can take on. In this post, I want to share with you some of the key lessons, situational takeaways, and solutions to problems that I learned in 2016 while growing a creative business. Because building a business is a creative act, just like building a shirt, building a wardrobe, building a family, relationship, or friendship. Its an act of making, and I feel like a lot of these lessons are helpful even if you aren’t running a small business yourself. They apply to any creative thinker, project or endeavor. People email me and tell me, “Hey Andrea, you know how to get things done.” Well, trust me, I’m not special or have some secret super power (magic wand). I have strategies. Let’s dig into some of those today :)Read More
Have you been thinking of sewing your own self sewn wardrobe this year? SAVE yourself from some of the frustrations I encountered. In this post I share key ah-has, takeaways, pitfalls and lessons I learned this year as I sewed all of my own clothing.Read More
In this written and video lesson, we are going to take a look at building a cuff, and then placing it on the sleeve in a one step sewing application method. Read the written tutorial and for those of you who learn better by watching videos and pausing to practice the steps, in this post there's a step by step video lesson.Read More
In today's written and video lesson, I walk you through how I build my sleeves for tailored garments. Read the written tutorial and for those of you who learn better by watching videos and pausing to practice the steps, there's a video lesson you can get watch and keep for while you practice.Read More
Fly zippers are a popular tutorial request when I am with my private lesson students. Even though they are pretty simple, some pattern instructions can make them seem so complicated that I always have to consult the method that I learned from my favorite sewing book.
In this written and video tutorial, I will walk you step by step through the process of sewing a fly zipper in a fast and easy method.Read More
Collars frame the face and neck, which makes them a focal point on your garment. They make or break a shirt, and if you want your collars to look professional and polished, they take some practice.
The method I am sharing with you today came from a seamstress who shared it with me to speed up the production of sewing multiple shirts. Its a real cheat, because unlike most collar techniques, once you have it constructed, you pop it on and sew it all in one step!Read More