Poppy Things

The Beginning

Chelsey Sawallich1 Comment

It's October 14th and it's scary to think that in eight weeks this collection needs to be done, I'll be graduating, and I will hopefully be joining the workforce in the real, adult world of fashion.  Starting now I'll try to be better at updating you in my process--so far this is where I'm at:

My collection is being made for Spring/Summer 2018, titled Poppy House.  I will soon write a blog post explaining the title, the concept, my mood boards, and the reasoning behind my silhouettes, but in this post I will update you on where I'm at thus far.

Every fashion collection starts with what's called a "Mood Board."  I have two because I had a hard time narrowing down the images that inspired me.  My mood board helps to set the tone for my color palette, the details found in the images that reflect on my collection, the "girl" I envision wearing my garments, and key words that suggest the feelings that the collection brings.

After narrowing down my concept, my mood, color palette, and customer, I began sketching silhouettes.  In order to graduate I need to turn in three complete looks.  My goal is to deliver seven.  I couldn't limit myself to just three, I like to challenge myself and really wanted to be able to portray my whole concept which would be hard with just three looks.

What I'm working on now are prototypes or, muslin samples.  I drape my patterns and draft them, and to ensure that the fit works I make the garments in a cheap cotton called muslin first.  Right now pictured, is the "Amelia Dress" in the making.  It was very important for me to make sure that the fit was perfect because I did not want to make any mistakes when cutting and sewing my custom fabric.  

Pictured is my custom fabric that I designed and created.  I commissioned an artist at Kendall College of Art & Design to illustrate the poppies and cornflowers.  Kristin Sturdy is the artist, I chose her because of her extreme attention to detail and her botanical art is just exquisite and really captures exactly what I wanted.   She created the prints using watercolor and pen.  Once the prints were finished I scanned them in and used a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create a repeat print which I then sent in to Spoonflower.  The fabric is silk chiffon.

Throughout my collection I am utilizing couture construction techniques.  All seams are french seams, the zipper seams are bound with a Hong Kong finish, this garment in particular will be fully lined in white silk, and I utilized a rolled hem for this garment because the look of the rolled hem with the ruffles seemed natural.

This collection is going to be a lot of work to balance with my other studio classes and work, but I know it will be so worth it when it's complete.

More information about the concept to follow in a later post.

xoxo Chelsey

Amelia Dress prototype.

Amelia Dress prototype.