After experimenting with the fabric through draping and fabric samples as seen here, I started sketching A LOT. I always make many more sketches than I need to see which ones work better together in a line-up. I try combining the elements I have developed in my experimenting process with the overall inspiration for the collection and with the fabrics I have already collected. After I finish my sketches and go through my selection process, I might set out to find the last fabrics to complete the collection. It is not like I buy several meters of every fabric I need. I just need samples to clip onto my final line-up to give a better understanding of the styles.
Pattern design & samples
After I finished my sketching process (pff, there is no such thing as finishing your sketching process…), I chose an outfit to sew in full-size. I started developing the patterns and sew a few samples. Actually, if I remember correctly, I sew quite a lot of samples of that coat because the special collar, pleated back and very close fit made it a bit complicated to get just right. Also, I had fitting sessions with a model to make sure it fitted perfectly.
Sewing the final garments
Finally, after all the patterns were adjusted after the fittings, I sew the final garments. I love taking pictures of this part of the process, though it is probably my least favourite part. I am always amazed of how much work it is to create patterns, cut the fabric, prepare the fabric and then sew. When everything goes right and smooth (hah, hardly ever..) it can be a bit fun to see how a piece of clothing develops from a million pieces to one.
So how did it end?
You can see the result right here. Thanks for reading!