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Blissful Beginnings

Fatshion Forward BRIDAL EDITION! I am making a wedding dress in a few weeks. Take a peek below to see my sketch and inspiration board. I incorporated three of my favorite things pearls, bows, and the color pink. Although the gown will be Ivory Satin I plan to have pink tulle underneath that way I preserve the classic white wedding gown. The wedding gown itself is a princess dress with 3/4  mesh sleeves, and a ruffled bell shaped chiffon skirt. A pearl studded veil will extend down over the face from a big white chiffon bow.  The high neckline of the bodice features a string of pearls. This bridal gown will also feature pockets in the side seam for stashing your favorite lipstick or good luck charm on your big day. A satin ribbon which ties into a bow at center back will help give you a cinched waist illusion. 8 pearl buttons are lined down center back for an elegant closure.

Blissful Beginnings Sketch
Blissful Beginnings Sketch
Blissful Beginnings Inspiration
Blissful Beginnings Inspiration
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Holiday Harmony

My Midterm Project for Draping II class was a knit design. I chose a spruce & black panne velvet to make a circle dress with attached cape.

Circle dress with attached cape & tie collar.
Circle dress with attached cape & tie collar.
Designer & Finished Garment Size 10*
Designer & Finished Garment
Size 10*

 

I draped the cape and bodice separately then attached them at the neckline with a tie collar. Following I draped the circle skirt and then attached it to the bodice at the waist.

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Hand Sketches

One of my weekly assignments in my Fashion Design I class is our Design Journal Entries. My instructor gives us an image or lets us pick an inspiration and we must sketch a garments that reference the image.

Building / Landscape

The original image that we were suppose to inspire our design from was a building under construction (bottom right corner). The silhouette of the building made me think of a cinched waist. The brick red rusted metal structure of the building made me think of the “Chromat S/S ’15” (See image on top far right) Collection this past NYFW. I was super excited to brag about Denise Bidot (See center image) being a plus model on the run way for NYFW. My sketch (far left) is a sleeveless LBD with a Sheer Nude Vynl Window in the back. Invisible side zipper to get into garment. Knee length skirt with a black lining features a leather overlay with horizontal stripes all the way around resembling the boning from the Chromat collection. Sketched in just pencil, some notes in ink.

Gerard Chromat Hand Sketch

Something from our bedroom

For this one I selected my favorite perfume “Viva La Juicy” by Juicy Couture. The charm that comes with the fragrance (Charm in Top left corner, image of charm on bottom center ) Is a pink bow with a gold safety pin, letter J with a crown & a nameplate that says “Couture” dangling from gold chains.  Bows, crowns, & the color pink are three of my obsessions so I figured this is the perfect choice for me. I sketched a summer look and a winter look. The summer look (Left) : Strapless bodice with sweet heart neckline, recreated the pink bow with a sheer pink silk over lay.Pencil skirt attached to bodice at the waistline is a hot pink satin with a 1 ” Hem. The summer look is pair with deco peach wedge with beige heels and gold chains at the ankle. Crown resting upon the “J” as a gold dangle earring with a hook. Gold nameplate necklace “Couture”. The winter look features (far right): Knit circle dress with Long sleeves, V-shape neckline, 2″ Sateen Hem. Thick black elastic belt (cinched waist illusion) with gold, safety pin adornment at the closure. Paired with white faux fur box hat, white Ugg boots with faux fur at the opening, and gold chain necklace. Sketched in pencil, colored with Prisma Markers.

Juicy Couture Design Journal,

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Fall 2015 Concept Board

Final Project Concept Board for my Draping I class.

I designed the concept board, after choosing my fabrics (Love the Wine Organza, Black Satin, Nude Cotton Lining). I draped the garment, made a pattern and then sewed it together. My aim was to create a dress that can double for both work and socializing. The princess dress can be played up for work or meetings with pumps, a statement necklace and a black blazer or played down with boots and a moto jacket for a more cocktail look for drinks or dinner with friends. I lined the princess dress with a nude fabric, the top fabric is a wine colored organza with felt leopard print. The organza has a metallic tint only seen when light hits the garment from certain angles. I created a pleated skirt overlay to fulfill the day and night look. The dress zips up the back and the skirt over lay simply buttons in the back. Background, swatches, flats, croquis and designs were all original.

I love to illustrate whether by hand or via CAD. My preference is Illustrator & Photoshop but I still love my pencil & markers.

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Gerard Midterm Mood BoardGerard Midterm Mood Board

 

My finished garment and I. I lined the princess dress with a nude fabric, the top fabric is a wine colored organza with felt leopard print. The organza has a metallic tint only seen when light hits the garment from certain angles. I created a pleated skirt overlay to create a day and night look. Can be worn in the day time for work or meetings with a blazer and removed at night for drinks or dinner with pumps.
My finished garment and I. I lined the princess dress with a nude fabric, the top fabric is a wine colored organza with felt leopard print. The organza has a metallic tint only seen when light hits the garment from certain angles.

 

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