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!