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  • Metallic Ikat Striped Geometry Dress + Fashion Inspiration

    March 14, 2017 by Jamie Lau Designs

    jld_cotton_03142017_main I love working with stripes just as much as I love textured ikat fabric. When I saw this striped Italian ikat blend with copper accents, I knew it would make for a great party dress. The metallic threads add a luxury feel and I thought it would be fun to play with the direction of the stripes. You may recall a similar silhouette from one of my previous posts, which goes in depth about the patternmaking steps for creating the bodice design. Much of the inspiration for my designs comes from my environment and looking beyond literal fashion references. Here are some artworks I was drawn to, mainly because of the intersection of stripes.

  • Self-drafted Outfit in Khaki & Silk

    June 9, 2014 by Nicole at Home


      Here, fellow sewists, is the culmination of my semester-long pattern making class!  Throughout the semester, we did a few guided full-scale garments (such as my button-down shirt and an unblogged bias-cut skirt), but this assignment was to draft a garment of our own design, then sew it in fashion fabric.  We were allowed to make our final project in our own measurements, and being the pragmatic that I am, I designed a fairly basic work-appropriate outfit.  Perhaps I should have made something a little more exciting, but this way, I'll get a lot of use out of my hard work!   Both fabrics are from Britex, and I selected them for just such an outfit.  

  • Craftsy Classes by Apparel Arts' Suzy

    February 4, 2014 by Britex Fabrics


    If you are seriously looking to sharpen your sewing skills and you live in the San Francisco area, you go to Apparel Arts, which you probably already know about since the design school hosted several Pop-up Britex workshops last year. What's new is that Suzy, director of Apparel Arts, is now offering patternmaking classes on Craftsy, an online community of makers. Yes, it's true. You can now learn the basics of patternmaking at your own pace, in your own home. Of course, this does not take the place of participating in an Apparel Arts class in person, but it is a good fix for greatly advancing your patternmaking skills!

    Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper
    Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper
    Patternmaking + Design: Creative Darts & Seam Lines

    Take a look and let us know what you think!

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