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

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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. ; )