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In my library

I’ve been collecting a few books throughout the past few years in preparation for this moment when I know I can actually put them to use…

1. Fundamentals of Fashion Design + Basics Fashion Design Series

I love the books from AVA Academia– this series in particular for Fashion Design. The books contain clear explanations, contemporary layout and graphics, inspiring imagery, and quoted wisdom from up-and-coming and already established designers.

“It’s more like engineering than anything else. It’s finding the limits of what you can do when wrapping the body in fabric. Everything evolves. Nothing is strictly defined.”


Currently reading: Book 3 Construction


WOUCH! Step one to done

Update: This project is now posted on Burdastyle! (c) 2013 CanvasWorkshop / slopeofaverticalline

Outer fabric dimensions: 8.5″ X 12″

Lining: 8.5″x 9.5″

Pin one side and sew 1/2″ from edge (seam allowance)

Sew other side after pinning (1/2″ seam allowance)

Fold 3.5″ inward from the seam; pin as needed; should look like a ‘W’ from the side


Sew one side from top to bottom (1/2″ seam allowance)

On the opposite, begin sewing about 2″ down from the top where the top points of the ‘W’ meet (must leave an opening for turning the wouch inside out later)


The hardest step: turning it inside out. Grab the farthest corner from inside and carefully twist and pull through the opening.


Home stretch: handstitch opening shut (slip stitch)

Mark where buttons should go and attach buttons

Turn the wouch inside out to sew the bottom corners/ adds depth


Finished and ready for work/ use it to hold sunglasses, cosmetics, pens/markers, etc.




A study of bag construction with hidden seams:

First attempt– Created a wallet/pouch #wouch! using French seams— My goal was to make a fully lined bag but struggled to figure out how to sew both the lining and the outer fabric together without resulting in visible seams inside– I realized that by turning the bottom half inwards, I could later turn the bag inside out through a small opening (pictures in an upcoming post!!!). Experimented with an edge-to-edge sticky back Velcro closure…

Second attempt– Did away with a few unnecessary steps (French seams no longer needed!) and tried a shorter sticky back Velcro closure– but it was not stable enough or a good permanent solution. I did not want to hand-sew Velcro or put my machine through the stress of it. So I eventually switched to snaps– a great suggestion from my friend. I think I was reluctant to do too much hand-sewing but sometimes there’s no easy way around it!


I’ve been making lots of these to give away and I’m happy friends are responding positively 🙂 Bonus for me is that my method  improves with each one and I get to try out different fabric combinations— but I think I’ll always be a canvas kind of girl though!

#canvasworkshop is in session.

Blocking out

The next logical step on my quest to master garment construction is to learn how to create my own patterns… So I started reading…and the books are trying to explain to me what the difference between a block and a pattern is but I could not understand this difference because it just never occurred to me that I would need to have some basic templates (what blocks are essentially) on hand to manipulate and create various patterns for a particular design.

So a block begets a pattern…

Well the most fun part of this is discovering that i can create basic blocks (e.g. bodice) directly on the dress form — which is currently my half scale form, it’s small but practical as it allows me to use fabric scraps for experimentation.

I have this feeling I’m probably going about this the wrong way but it doesn’t bother me! Learning something on your own means you don’t have to follow the rules!!


Taking the plunge (into buying patterns)

The thought of buying patterns for sewing never really appealed to me– it’s hard to envision something beautiful and wearable based on the typically uninspiring images on the packaging. Moreover, most patterns worth using have daunting instructions–as if written in another language! But suddenly I feel less threatened now that I’ve made a couple items using patterns –without much pain and frustration. And– for $5 a piece— I’ll take the risk! Here are some patterns I’ve ordered from Vogue Patterns. I realize I got really lucky and came across a huge sale– I’ll take it as a positive sign for things to come.
DKNY- Cape Coat



Draped Cardigan


Cape Coat


All roads lead to sewn

For the past few months I’ve been taking sewing classes- in hopes of regaining and reviving that part of me that I thought I had all but let go of. I always knew the cutthroat world of fashion wasn’t for me– one reason I never pursued it–however i still appreciate garment construction and the math and science/ technicality of it– when pieces of the puzzle come together et voila! Something as seemingly simple as these skirts required time, technique, and careful consideration of fabrics and finishes–how easily many take this for granted!! When you are able to make what others just buy— that’s an achievement!!!



a new venture

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Here is my undefined path of creative realization and expression. It’s always been difficult for me to put my thoughts/ projects on paper so thank you WordPress for making it this easy.