Perspective

I started a new class on Tech Packs this week and I’m learning how to use Illustrator. I have a 30 day free trial that will see me through the majority of  the class and I’m having so much fun with the bezier curves. I’ve been taking some of my latest sewing projects and making little outfit drawings to practice. Since I haven’t found a moment to photograph this recent dress, I thought I’d show you the sketch instead!

I’ve recently discovered how much I love working with knits and I’ve been exploring different types over the past few weeks. I found a great ponte (pronounced pawn-tee) at Joann’s two weeks ago and couldn’t pass it up. It’s a really nice quality and with a 60% off coupon, I didn’t feel guilty experimenting. Ponte is a double knit interlock fabric. It’s a heavier knit which will be nice for fall and winter garments. I’ve seen pontes made from rayon and cotton but mostly you’ll find polyester blends. It comes in 2 and 4 way stretch and unlike many other knits, ponte is quite stable so you can use it in more structured garments like pants or jackets. It also has a beautiful drape and looks incredible in the a-line skirt of this dress.

The dress is quickly becoming my favorite piece in my closet. It is so easy to wear and incredibly versatile! I’ve made a block from the pattern and will be making up other versions soon. I’m heading into sleeves in my patternmaking class and can’t wait to add slim elbow length sleeves to the pattern.

In other news, I’m still hunting for an internship. I’ve had several interviews but haven’t found the right fit yet. I have another one coming up on Tuesday and I have a good feeling that it’s the “one”! Despite a few disappointments, I’ve had the opportunity to see the studios of a few indie companies and I’ve been having fun familiarizing myself with the local apparel companies. I had no idea there were so many in the area! It’s really inspiring to see a resurgence in manufacturing in the Bay Area and I hope that it will continue to grow.

Enjoy your weekend! I’ll be back next week with actual photos of this dress!

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25 Comments to “Perspective”

  1. Awesome! I love Illustrator! I’ve been using it for years, of course, in graphic design :) I remember first teaching myself how to draw in Vector, and while it’s a bit of a learning curve, it’s been an absolutely invaluable skill to have! :) I’m sure you’ll come to love it more and more as you use it more ^___^

    Love your dress! and I love ponte knit as well – I just bought a bunch of ponte on sale (i think it’s cotton or a cotton blend) for a dress, a top, and a cardi for fall! :D I really like the neckline pleat detail on your dress; that’s such a nice design feature that turns a simple silhouette into something so much more ^__^ Can’t wait to see it in real live action!

    Good luck on your interview! I’m sure the PERFECT position will come along for you shortly! :D

    • Yes, I’m loving Illustrator! I don’t think I can justify the price of the program (even the subscriptions) for home use but I after this trial is up, I’m going to explore others. There doesn’t seem to be a perfect alternative to Illustrator but there are some niche programs. I’ve heard good things about iDraw, Inkscape, and Sketch. Once I figure out the tools that I’m using most often, I can see if any of these are a good match. Let me know if you can recommend one!
      I look forward to seeing your ponte creations! It really is such a great fall textile! I have a little bit more than a yard left of this grey that I’d like to make a peplum top from.
      Thanks for the well wishes! I’m feeling much more optimistic these days about things. It’s helped to just start moving forward rather than waiting for the change to come.

  2. OOh! Can’t wait to see this dress in real life! I love ponte too – I have a dress very similar to this one, also ponte, that I bought about 4 years ago. I loved it so much, I got it in 3 colors! So versatile. I’m hoping to try making something with ponte too, once I sew down my stash a little ;-)

    Good luck with your interview!

  3. Isn’t Illustrator way too much fun? I’m doing a little of it right now actually, haha. The sketch looks great and I can’t wait to see the photos, I’m interested into your foray with knits. Just ordered a bunch of knit swatches to start trying it out.

    • So much fun! It’s also a huge time suck and all of my spare time has been spent at the desk!
      I’ve been rather resistant to sewing with knits. I’ve pegged knits as the lazy man’s fabric thinking that they didn’t need the finesse and technique that wovens did. In some ways I feel like that’s still true but exploring all the different types of knits has definitely changed my mind in others. I’ve started to fool around with sweater knits which is a whole different world. There’s also not a whole lot of information out there on them so it can be challenging to figure out construction details on your own.
      I look forward to hearing more about your adventures with knits! Anything particular that you’re thinking of making?

  4. Oh, and good luck on your interview also, you’ll find something awesome for sure!

  5. The dress looks lovely and thanks for the info on the fabric. I too am intrigued by the drawing and am thoroughly looking forward to seeing the pic of you in the dress for real :o).

    Best of luck for Tuesday.

  6. Isn’t Illustrator amazing? There is so much to Adobe (Photoshop and Illustrator) that it can be a little overwhelming as well.

    Reading about your liking of knits and ponte brought up a question – have you researched Lacoste and their knits? From what I remember from school, the way that their knits are manufactured is patented. I’m not 100% but I remember learning about something along those lines.

    Good luck with the internship. I will keep my fingers crossed and say my Hail Mary’s that you get it!

  7. I love Illustrator! We use it all the time here at work (I work in advertising, in the creative dept.)

  8. how fun!! I’d love to hear if you find an alternative/free program that you like. Hope the interview goes well :)

  9. I love this dress! I’m excited to see modeled pics!

    Good luck with the internship search! I hope you find one that’s a great match for your skill set and interests soon!

  10. Good luck with interview!!! Please post a picture of the dress. Love the illustration.

  11. I’m in awe of your illustrator skills! Illustrator continues to… um… elude me. The dress looks like the perfect transition piece – I’ve been wanting to sew some warmer winter knits in ponte recently as well. Good luck with the internships, I’m sure the right one will come along soon, and in the meantime, how cool is it that you’re getting a glimpse at all the local indie apparel companies?

  12. Hey, it’s still expensive but I know that Adobe offers big discounts for students. I bought mine originally at an on campus Apple store for waaaay less than retail. I don’t know how the online education discount works, though, but you should check it out. I hope you find a great internship!!

    • Oh, I know! Unfortunately, my school doesn’t qualify. I signed up for a semester class at the community college so that I could take advantage of the education discount but quickly realized I couldn’t handle the slow pace of the class. Oh well!

  13. You might be able to find a cheaper lower version of illustrator on Ebay. You just have to keep an eye out for it. But to be honest if you are going to work as a TD in the industry and do freelance- it’s the way to go and a great investment. cute sketch :)

    • I’ll keep an eye out. Thanks, Suzy! I agree that it would be well worth the investment if I was employed in the industry but I won’t be able to justify it until then. I’ll keep looking for a sub $100 alternative for personal use.

  14. Thanks for the insight into ponte knit fabric. Very interesting indeed! And looking forward to seeing the read deal dress :) Especially looking forward to seeing the keyhole, I really like them :)

  15. I have never heard of ponte knit but it sounds like it could become my autumn and winter fabric favourite! thanks! and have fun with illustrator. it is awesome! although I think i have lost all my skillz! :P

  16. Hi Liz! I have a feeling you will pick up Illustrator fast. It’d be fun to hear your insights on designers in the Bay Area. I hope you find a good fit for an internship!

  17. Hi Liz, I know you must be busy but I look forward to seeing the dress when you have a chance to post it. :)

  18. Hey Liz – Haven’t seen you around here for a while so thought I’d check that all is well with learning and work ‘n all.

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