The purpose of this blog is to chronicle the next 9(ish) months of my life until I present my senior project. The project I have chosen is an 18 outfit, 38 piece fashion line, which will be entirely designed and made by me.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

So...It's Been Over A Month...

I've been back in school now for three weeks. I was planning to post again once I got here and settled and everything, but I guess this semester started off more quickly than I doesn't help that I never really got a break to rest in between working on my garments and being in classes either!

So, here's a quick breakdown of everything that's happened since I last posted.
  • Out of 38 individual pieces, I have 36 officially done (maybe not decorated, but done and wearable). I have no more zippers to put in, hems to sew up, or buttonholes to make. All of the necessary gruntwork that comes with making a wearable sewn garment is over. The only things that aren't fully finished are three shirts and two dresses that are waiting for beads/sequins.
  • I still have three knitted pieces to finish. The Gold Hand Knitted Fluted Collar Cardigan is nearly finished (I had some pain in the muscles on the tops of my hands yesterday, so I finished earlier than I planned to). The Black Hand Knitted V-neck Sweater shouldn't take too long (I hope) and will be my next project. The Silver Hand Knitted Cardigan is a little more tricky, though. I still have to write the pattern for it before I can start to work on it. I'm hoping to write the pattern sometime this week.
  • In more pressing news, I've scheduled the photo shoot! It's Saturday. It's in 6 days. Sadly, I've had to accept that this means that not everything will be done for the photo shoot. I'm planning on leaving the Silver Hand Knitted Cardigan out and making that after, but I definitely want to make sure that the Black Hand Knitted V-neck Sweater is ready. As far as the 5 garments that are waiting for decorations, I'm going to focus on only two. The Gold Satin Taffeta A-line Gown is getting a large amount of beading (easily the most time consuming task), and the Blue Cotton Long Sleeve V-neck Top is getting a small amount near the neckline. Other than this, I wanted more decorations on the Blue Cotton Half Sleeve V-neck Top, the Copper Chiffon Arch-Neck Dress, and the Gold Chiffon 4 Square Top. The decorations on these are most likely not going to be too noticeable, so I don't mind not having them ready for the photo shoot.
I know I should have photos and descriptions ready for this post and everything that I haven't discussed yet, but documentation takes time, and to be honest, I really don't have any time. I've been having troubles getting my project work done while also remembering to get my class work finished (and I only have 4 classes! I guess that's what you get when three of them are studio art classes...). On top of class and the project, it definitely doesn't help that last week and this week are Phi Sigma Pi's Rush weeks. I'm still the Initiate Advisor, so I'm still in charge of planning Rush and making sure it all works out. I have to admit I'm really exhausted. I've got to keep going, though. At least until Saturday. Once the photo shoot is over and Rush is finished, I feel like I'll finally be able to breathe (of course, that's not true at all, since after that comes Initiation and working on the designs for the show and then getting everything else set up, but if I don't tell myself I only have to go for one more week, I'm not sure I'd be able to make it.).

It seems weird, doesn't it? That I relish stressful situations like this so much? I guess it just comes natural to me. I work best and most efficiently when I know that I don't have the option to put anything off. I do wish I didn't need to be under so much pressure to get things done, though.

Anyways, enough typing. I have to get back to work. Not sure if my hands are up to knitting today yet, but if not I'll just get some beading done. I'll try to post some pictures soon.

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