I'll start with the past week beginning Monday April 4th to now, Sunday April 10th. It's been a heck of a week creatively and I am working on some seriously exciting projects!
To begin, on Monday April 4th, I started on a prom dress for a very lucky and special client and good friend of mine. A prom is an important night so when I go about projects like these, I do so with lots of detailed pre-planning. If you watched my Snapchat (user: Tessa Koller) and saw my Snap stories of the dress, you saw how hard it is to do, but I like to showcase my creative process and teach you guys something too. Here are the photos that were apart of my Snap series (next week, I'll incorporate videos too) but for now, visual images.
In the photo above, that is the prom dress's pattern pieces, all cut up!
At this step, I've attached a waist band to the bodice (top part of dress) and began pleating a half circled skirt.
On Tuesday (4-5-16) I had a photo shoot that afternoon and didn't get to Snap, but check out this post on the dress I photographed recently. Sometimes, I don't always get to Snap while doing shoots but I've got several back-to-back next week and you'll see more of that behind the scenes.
Wednesday (4-6-16) I was determined to produce a purse, or handbag/clutch out of real leather. I spent a whole month educating myself on sewing with leather, which really just requires some sewing machine adjustments such as, changing the presser foot to a plastic foot (so leather doesn't stick while sewing) and changing the needle to a leather needle. These sewing machine changes are crucial when sewing leather.
Then on Thursday (4-7-16) I dove right into the creation of making a bag. I wound up doing a quick little mock up with the material to get a feel of proportions, the materials I was using (cement glue, rope, hardware supplies, and more). What you saw on my Snapchat will not be the final product, but check out below how I go about making a bag as complex as the one you saw me produce. As You could see, it was a lot of steps!
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
On Friday, I spent all day working on the mock up bag. By Saturday, I was ready for some fun and go-out time (yes, designers have fun, too!) In fact, I rocked my leopard printed tunic and draped black cardigan with black leggings and ankle boots for a night of bowling (I should really just stick to the fashion because me and bowling...GOSH no). I try, but who am I kidding? I feel like the bowling ball is going to throw me down that alley most of the time it's crazy (there's an image!) Yikes!