update & studio setup

It’s been a while since my last post, so here’s an update: I’ve refined my focus and have nailed down a concept for type of clothing I’ll be designing. It stems from my earlier post about activewear, but is evolving into more of a “fashion meets function and vice versa” type of thing. Basically the idea is to deliver the performance of activewear into fashionable everyday clothing, and conversely give style to more activewear type gear. In theory, you could go straight from work to the gym if you wanted to. My hope is that my clothes won’t prohibit you from going on a long, brisk walk during your lunch break. And of course, I’ll be expressing my style ideas through my designs. I love that I can incorporate many of my favorite things into this idea as inspirations: anime, sci-fi, video game character designs, etc. So I have been working on sketches and sewing “prototypes”, which is why I’ve been absent from the blog for a bit. There just isn’t enough time in the day anymore!

I’ve embraced stretch and knit fabrics and have been experimenting endlessly (and will continue to) with different types of jersey, wickaway fabric, interlock and sweater fleece. I’ve even got a stash of really cool “power mesh” which is basically stretchy, supportive mesh that I’m planning to use for insets and cool design details here and there.

I also realized that I really needed more table space. It’s really important not to let stretch fabric hang off the table as you cut into it, and with the huge pieces of fabric I’ve been getting, it was becoming tedious to move everything off my table just so I could cut something. Also, my old cutting mat was smaller than a lot of the pieces I was working with, and I was going crazy shifting things around. So I bought a new HUGE cutting mat, and a new table to extend my workspace – I love it!

One other addition to the studio is a Bernina coverstitch machine! I am still mastering it, but it is capable of producing really professional looking hems on knits/stretch fabric. Like all my machines, it was a hand-me-down from my amazing Mom, and I’m so thankful! As requested, here are some picsĀ of my new studio setup:

new coverstitch machine (front left) and new table (foreground)

my old table is how free to house the new 42" x 30" cutting mat

sewing machine and serger live in front of my inspiration area & misc tools

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2 Comments

  1. Wow! An amazing studio setup and geez, that cutting mat is HUGE (and awesome)! Keep up the great progress…

  2. hi jaime, thanks so much! yes the mat is sooo big i love it :) we miss you guys!

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