April 7, 2009

Spring Break

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So far my spring break has consisted of sewing, drawing, and more sewing. 

Today I made a simple skirt on the bias with striped fabric. The end result is cute and will look great for summer. : ) Then I started on a pair of shorts. The first step is the fly front zipper and I can’t figure it out! Somehow there is always a pleat at the bottom on the front, which does not meet the stitching for the crotch. I will play around with it more tomorrow (before a trip to the thrift store!!!) as all of my family members are in bed! I will work on some textile science labs until I retire. 

Wearable art has challenged me… a garment made of non-traditional materials. I thought making something out of yellow rubber gloves would be cool, but some close friends and guild members thought that would be ugly and sweaty (and rightly so… I wasn’t exactly sold on the idea, rubber gloves smell bad.) So instead I have decided to use something else that will be sweaty. A shower curtain. And about 40 bunches of fake flowers. I have cut out the front for the dress so far. I can’t make up my mind what the design should be and where the “focal point” should be. The focal point of the garment is usually not seen by my teacher, so this time I should make it SUPER obvious so maybe she sees it. 

Photos to come when I’m back at school.


April 4, 2009

Fashion Show Winner

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:59 pm by charsfabrications

My line won first place for the sophomore/freshman category! I won a dress form and two gift certificates to local restaurants. Photos will come soon, but my dial up at home is not robust enough for posting photos. (Part of the reason I love college… the wireless…)

March 21, 2009

It’s going to be a long day…

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:47 am by charsfabrications

Dress rehearsal went well last night; here is a teaser photo! 


I awoke at 5 AM this morning. Maybe because I’m so nervous or maybe because in the back of my foggy morning brain I know I still have to finish the dress I will be wearing and hem another dress… as well as clean up my room and get beautified for the show!

March 14, 2009

Last Weekend’s Relaxation

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:55 pm by charsfabrications

One of my favorite places in Oneonta is above Hartwick College. It’s a place (officially or unofficially, I don’t know) called Table Rock. It’s a quite a hike to walk all the way from Oneonta’s campus to Hartwick’s, but if you drive to the base of the hike it’s not too bad. Last weekend the beautiful weather inspired my boyfriend and I to take a trip to the top.

dsc00664The view overlooks West Oneoonta, which isn’t that pretty, but I love the feeling of being so high up and being able to see so far. It’s slightly frightening to be standing on the rocky cliffs, but I’m always so inspired about life up there. dsc00702Maybe tomorrow I will take a hike to Table Rock because it’s supposed to be 53 degrees. : ) Only if I get all my homework done though…

March 11, 2009


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The fashion show is a little over a week away! March 21st at 6 PM, doors open at 5. Costs $2 per ticket presale and $4 at the door. 

My garments were all approved today… now it’s onto accessories and final touches to the garments! I’m getting really excited. I want to get all of my models together to try on all the garments and see the shoes they have. I may have my models go barefoot again this year if their shoes don’t all coordinate!

My line is fifth in the second half of the show. I think it’s a good time; people are seated after intermission, yet not too tired to see my fabulous line. ; ) 

I have found out that my fabric for textile science is a blend of rayon and acetate. The acetate vanished and dissolved in acetone, and the rayon was demolished by hydro-chloric acid. It was awesome to see the changes, but I do not recommend anyone to try experimenting at home. We did these tests in a laboratory specifically designed for these tests and under the supervision of a qualified professor.

February 11, 2009

Student Fashion Society Fashion Show!!!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:05 pm by charsfabrications

Sooner or later, I knew I would have to post about the annual fashion show. (Though I’m not complaining.) Completely produced by the Student Fashion Society, any member of the club may design, model, help coordinate the models, do promotions, or help design the theme, decorations, set up, etc. It’s am amazing production put on by Oneonta students interested in fashion.

Last year, as a freshman, I won second place with my line of five outfits out of 47 designers. Part of being a designer entails designing and sketching ideas, finding models, constructing the garments, fitting the garments to the models, finding music for your scene, coordinating hair and make up, and thoroughly making sure everyone is set to walk the runway. Overwhelming as it it is, it’s a great experience. 

My theme this year is just a naturalistic feel. I plan on only using natural materials like cotton, silk, wool, and a few other natural fibers. Some nuno felting may appear. My avant garde project for Innovations in Wearable Art will most likely make it into the fashion show, therefore, I will not post the photos of it and spoil its entrance at the fashion show!

This Sunday is “Model Bootcamp,” which really just means the models walk to the music to see how long your line will be, the order of your models, the path your models will take,  the poses they will do, and the general feel of your line. 

I will post more details about the show soon. : )

Heart Toe Shoes

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:31 am by charsfabrications

Check out Alexander Mc Queen’s heart toe shoes here: 


I think they could look good but only with a few outfits on few occasions. Without the heart, I think they could be worn more and would be more worth the purchase. Not that I have that kind of money to spend on shoes, poor college student here. ; )

February 9, 2009

Shaped Weaving

Posted in All things crafty and scholarly at 10:43 am by charsfabrications

My half scale weaving was finished and handed in last week. It’s on display upstairs in the Human Ecology building along with all of the other weavings created for the class. dsc005352

100% cotton yarn, 100% polyester fabric

My piece is titled “Oceanic Cinderella,” inspired by Disney’s Cinderella dancing on the beach with her prince. The weaving process was not too difficult. I decided to use fabric for my weft because I had the perftct Cinderella blue fabric and so I would be done faster. It worked out well because the edges of the fabric frayed and look a little dismantled which goes along with the fringed bottom edge. I should also add that I did not iron the fabric before I cut the strips for weaving or after it was finished. I thought it would add to the disheveled-ness of it, but after seeing the photos I wish I would have ironed it.

The dress consists of two triangles for the bust, two rectangles for the skirt, and one large triangle for the back of the skirt. Braids make up the halter ties and the back skirt decoration. 




My avant garde project is barely started and I should get going on it… last class a three out of the five sergers were not working and I could not fix them… it set me back a bit so the next few classes i will have to work harder to get everything done on time. 

Anyway, my piece is inspired by H&M’s summer 2009 collection, which can be seen here: http://www.fashiontrendsetter.com/content/style_notes/2009/Variety-in-Fashion-at-HM-This-Season.html

The last textile science lab required that the unknown samples be tested for specific gravity and absorbency/moisture regain. Those tests pointed out my fabric could be lyocell or rayon, which are synthetic. I’m happy it matched up with my last tests. : )

January 29, 2009

Class Update

Posted in All things crafty and scholarly at 1:06 am by charsfabrications

My woven outfit for a half scale dressform is done, but I’m waiting for good daylight sun to take photos. The next project is an avant garde piece. We have to use at least 10 yards of fabric. Ten yards. The fabric has to be used. As in from used clothing, but all the seams and closures have to be dismantled. I have no idea what I’m going to do but I have to have sketches ready for next class.

Fashion Illustration has been boring so far. We just copy the drawings the professor draws on the chalkboard. I have to say though, my drawings have been getting better. After next week, we start doing things on our own. Some of the supplies we had to buy include watercolors, watercolor pencils, and soft pastels. I haven’t used any of these to a great extent so I hope to learn a lot. : ) 

Textile Science is really cool. We each got a yard and a half of a mystery fabric and over the course of the semester we have to determine what it is made out of! This definitely floats my boat as a fiber fiend. Last class we learned about cellulose fibers and their characteristics. Next class we will conduct burn tests on out mystery fabric and other known fabrics. The labs get more precise as we go along. I’m pretty sure my fabric is synthetic because the selvage edges are slightly melted together. I’m not positive though.

That’s all for now! : )

The Boy’s Christmas Present

Posted in All things crafty and scholarly at 12:17 am by charsfabrications

dsc004193Here’s the hat I knitted for my boyfriend for Christmas. It’s handspun wool, though I’m not sure where the pretty grey wool came from.



The pattern is here: http://typyp.ajatukseni.net/2008/11/12/jacques-cousteau-hat/

I made a few changes to the pattern so the top wouldn’t be so pointy. When I got to the last 30 stitches or so, I decreased on every row instead of adding plain ribbing rows. It turned out better this way, but it was still too long. I ended up slightly felting the hat. He says it’s now warmer, which is a definite plus. Overall I was very happy with how it came out and he even wears it, so it’s definite success.

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