Monday, February 15, 2010

Organize, Organize,Organize!

Well I finally think I have a plan for the Art fairs. I have pulled all my fabric down from my sewing room and completely taken over the dining room. Why I think I need to take over another room to focus is beyond me - but that is the way my brain works. I have sorted and sketched(I use that term loosely) at least nine dresses, nine skirts and over nine ruffles. There are some old favorites and some brand new designs! I am really happy with the way everything looks. I don't know if anyone in the world would consider my fabric covered dining room table a piece of organized art - but I know it is!
Did anyone spot the HTF fabric? - I am going to use it! I found this last yard and a half in a quilt store last summer and have been hoarding it. As I was working on my designs I realized that I love this fabric and if I use it for the front bodice of a dress - I could make about 6-8 dresses using it. I would rather see six to eight girls enjoying those dresses (one of which will be my Jessie) then having the fabric sit in a closet. If you haven't guessed the HTF fabric is the Heather Ross Bicycles in the last pic. I'm combining it with some ginger blossom and Darla fabric and maybe some ribbon - so it will be sweet and fun!
Well now that I have finished the creative part it is on to the more tedious task of finalizing my patterns. I like my clothes to have a certain fit so I have started creating my own patterns - I will give you a look soon ...only 9 weeks until Crafts on Columbus - aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

If you can make it there...

I have never been one to apporach challenges cautiously and have applied to some big art fairs this summer. I would rather go big and fall on my face then play it safe and wonder what if? I believe a large part of success in life is just taking that first step - so here I go!

I have been accepted into four art fairs this summer. I was rejected by one and wait listed by another. As my confirmations come in I will post the info. The first one on the calendar is April 24 and 25 and is the 31st annual SPRING Crafts on Columbus! I am so excited it is held right on Columbus Avenue in NYC in front of the Museum of Natural History.

Right now I am in the middle of my planning stage. I have so many ideas and patterns reeling in my head and need to narrow my focus so I can get these garmets completed. When I was backstage at Westside story the Wardrobe Supervisor showed us the costume bible. They had sketches, descriptions and fabric swatches of each costume in the show. I realized this kind of organization would help me in keeping focused. I have always created Jessiegirl garmets with the fabric I have on hand and not really documented what I used. It's time to keep record!

The new Jessiegirl labels arrived today and they are woven! I think they will work better in the back of the skirt and give it a much more polished look.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Looking for my camera...

As soon as I find my camera - I will let you know what I have been up to - should check under the fabric!