Distressed Denim

Fashion Projects

The past two weeks have been quite busy. I’ve been almost ridiculously productive with final projects and job applications, sadly leaving this poor blog in a state of neglect. So for the next few days, please bear with me as I randomly post many (most likely somewhat irrelevant) things to catch back up.

To start, my latest project has once more involved denim distressing, though to a slightly higher degree. Our final Intro Textiles assignment was to perform two finishing techniques to denim. Based on a few current trends for summer, I decided to try my hand at creating a pair of distressed white denim shorts.

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Week 12 Activity : Algorithmic Art

Art 110, Fashion Projects

This week, I wanted to focus on something at least moderately related to my major : sewing. While I may not be a design student, nor a master seamstress, I do own and occasionally use a sewing machine. Many patterns I’ve purchased or otherwise seen seem to be for very outdated, boring (and usually frumpy) garments, so when I came across q2han’s youtube channel with its many contemporary sewing tutorials, I was very excited. I’d been putting off attempting them, but figured I’d give one a try for this week.

Week 10 Activity : Student Choice / Natural Dyeing

Art 110, Fashion Projects

If you’ve seen my yarn-bombing post, you may know I love tie dyeing. But it’s always seemed strange to me that a process rooted in the eco-loving hippie movement involves such harsh, eco-damaging dyes. Yes, the chemicals produce wonderful, bold colors, but the environmental toll (small as it may be from one person) adds up and seems a bit unnecessary. I’ve heard of less harmful processes in the apparel industry such as air-dyeing, but since they require advanced, expensive machinery, they are quite obviously a bit out of my “struggling college student” price range. So, I was excited when I came across an article (from Free People, no less) about natural dyeing you can try at home.

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Free People’s flower-dyeing process even looks gorgeous

Building a Professional Wardrobe

Fashion Projects

This wardrobe planning project for my Fashion Strategies for Consumers class has undoubtedly been one of my favorite assignments to date. Not only did we plan wardrobes for our future careers, we also got a chance to find out which colors and styles looked best on us as well as organize and de-clutter our own, current closets.

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Price Line Analysis

Fashion Projects

The next Ready to Wear project slightly resembled the Quality Analysis assignment, but went a bit more in depth, looking at entire price segments within a single brand’s collections. For this, we picked a fairly established yet not very well known brand, Marni.

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Ready to Wear Reference Book

Fashion Projects

Another major project for my Ready to Wear class was a compilation of different aspects of clothing we studied throughout the semester.

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Soybean Textiles

Fashion Projects

Before researching into the topic for my Intro Textiles class, I had never previously heard of textiles made from soybeans, much less even thought they were possible.

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Quality Analysis of Leather Jackets Presentation

Fashion Projects

In my Ready to Wear class last semester, one group project involved inspecting and comparing three similar garments from different price points. Through our comparisons we were also able to determine which jacket was the best purchase decision based on the correlation of quality and price. The piece I analyzed was a jacket from Acne at the designer price level.

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