Find and Define Your 2018 Sewing Refinements

Find and Define Your 2018 Sewing Refinements

How will your grow your sewing practice in 2018? What will you differently this year? In this article, I discuss a process of reflection and editing I'm using to hone my me made wardrobe and make more refined and functional garments in 2018.

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Find Your Best Colors: How to Use Color Draping to Create a Custom Color Palate

Find Your Best Colors: How to Use Color Draping to Create a Custom Color Palate

Are you at a loss when it comes to color? Check out this color process and workbook to discover and create a customized palate for your wardrobe, sewing, or fashion collections. This color tutorial will introduce you to colors you may have never considered. I’m going to use what I made for my wardrobe sewing practice and you might find it helpful too! 

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Creating a Fashion Collaboration: Introducing my Fair Fit Pattern

Creating a Fashion Collaboration: Introducing my Fair Fit Pattern

As I hinted at last week, I have decided to release my Fair Fit Dress as a sewing pattern and online workshop. The pattern actually goes beyond just a dress, because it is a customizable system of components and pattern pieces that build upon each other to make infinite variations.  If the first dress is well received, then throughout the year I plan on releasing each of the components that allow you to further customize the parts into tops, skirts, and other styles of dresses. In this post, you will get a first look at the project!

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Help Me Get Started in Fashion Design!

Help Me Get Started in Fashion Design!

Need help getting started in the field of fashion design? First things first, its important to develop your own individual perspective as a fashion designer. In this post and its free workbook, I walk you through a series of questions designed to help you define and develop your perspective as a designer. Read along, and get started!

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Finding New Ways to Appreciate Fashion, through Fair Fashion

Finding New Ways to Appreciate Fashion, through Fair Fashion

In this series, I have explained the name Fair Fit and what it means to me from many different perspectives that have been shaped by my own experience, and where I’m taking my design and education practice to create an opening for students and fashion sewists who do want choice, and more of a voice in how they experience fashion design and the clothes they choose to wear. 

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Fair Relationships in Fashion Professions

Fair Relationships in Fashion Professions

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.

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Why teaching is so important to create a "Fair Fit."

Why teaching is so important to create a "Fair Fit."

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!

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How I Created My First Clothing Collections

How I Created My First Clothing Collections

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.

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Learning Fit and Fairness in My First Collections

Learning Fit and Fairness in My First Collections

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.

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What does "Fair Fit" Really Mean?

What does "Fair Fit" Really Mean?

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.

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Bring Fashion Design to Your Life!

Bring Fashion Design to Your Life!

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.

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5 Lessons Learned from Building a Creative Business in 2016

5 Lessons Learned from Building a Creative Business in 2016

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 :)

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8 Lessons Learned from Building a Self Sewn Wardrobe

8 Lessons Learned from Building a Self Sewn Wardrobe

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. 

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Problem Solving in Fashion Design: Learn How to Design Fashion Using Problem Solving Principles in this Free Workbook

Problem Solving in Fashion Design: Learn How to Design Fashion Using Problem Solving Principles in this Free Workbook

At first glance, problem-solving and fashion design may seem completely unrelated. But after reading today’s post, you’ll see how every “problem” in fashion design is a unique opportunity to create garments that are as functional as they are beautiful.
In today’s post I cover:

  • How I used problem solving when developing the original Fair Fit project…

  • How to create purposeful designs as an aspiring fashion designer — even if you’re a complete beginner!

  • The most common “problems” you’ll encounter in fashion design and how to “solve” them in your designs…

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How to Find Your Design Voice: Learn Fashion Design Principles for Beginners

How to Find Your Design Voice: Learn Fashion Design Principles for Beginners

If you’ve ever wondered, “how can I become a fashion designer?”, today’s post will shed light how fashion designers create compelling works of art and what you can do TODAY to get started designing your own meaningful designs.
In today’s post I share:

  • How you can start expressing your authentic voice through fashion design — it all starts by discovering what’s most important to you…

  • How to bring more meaning to the clothing you create by digging into the purpose behind your design…

  • My 3-step design process for beginners — if you’re an aspiring fashion designer wanting to go beyond the basics and get into the “why” behind the clothes you make, this process will help you get started… today!

Inside the blog post, you’ll find ways to help you get started on the 3-step design process for beginners right away!

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