The Call to Post has been made. The starting gate bell has rung. And, we have started the race!
No, we haven't suddenly switched professions and become jockeys, but we HAVE started the clock to get our samples done in time for market. So, continuing with the analogy: we are off and running!!!
It has been about 1 week since I returned from a four-day whirlwind trip to Charleston. And, it has been about 1 week since the race started. As I say every time I go there, I always wish we had one more day, but we both know good and well that if we had another day, we would fill it to the brim like all the others!
This most recent trip was specifically about first muslin fittings. Lourdes and I had both been working very hard at draping, patterning, and creating the muslins so we could get as close to an exact idea of what the final dress will look like on a bride. When I arrived on that Monday, the first thing that we did was take turns showing each other what we'd created. We pulled each dress out and put them on the dress form one by one. This is probably my favorite part simply because up until this point, all we know of the others’ work is the sketch and maybe some detail pictures we've sent to each other along to way to help with answering questions. We always feel like this part is similar to opening a surprise gift: sometimes things change, or get mixed up, or even don’t translate as well from paper to 3D as one would hope for. For me, some dresses were right on point, and some definitely were going to have LOADS of questions plus hmms and haws during the fitting, like the gem down below. We went over what worked, what didn’t, as well as what questions to specifically ask during the fitting so we wouldn’t forget, and so on
Fitting day!!! A wonderful, busy, fun, and extremely tiring day! This is when 6 interns would be the best, but alas, for now it is still up to the two of us and our four hands. Our fit model, Christina, arrived at 11am and we threw her into dresses almost immediately. Having worked with us before, she definitely knew her way around and is wonderful to work with. The most important thing about fitting day, is to really get as much information as you possibly can. With each dress comes an entirely new set of challenges, shapes, techniques; and even after you think you have the right idea, the next dress throws a whole new bag of tricks at you. Lourdes and I work extremely well in this environment taking turns asking questions, writing notes, pinning the model, etc. Each dress typically runs a little like this:
1. Model puts muslin dress on (with our assistance of course)
2. Lourdes and I start pinning any obvious gaps or bagginess like madwomen
3. We both step back and take the entire dress in - possibly going back in to pin some more
4. One of us starts asking questions from our notes and we try and problem solve as much as possible
5. Circle the dress some more to find any remaining problems
6. Take pictures from the front, side, and back to reference later
And there you have it! After 9 of these, we were definitely ready to sit down. Shortly after Christina took her leave, Lourdes and I sat (thank goodness) and went through each dress again talking over what happened, what we liked, as well as fabrication, until we couldn’t talk about dresses any more! At that point, it was time for dinner; and our tradition for a job well done is to celebrate by going to a different restaurant in that city. This time it was at Cannon Green where we had the most delicious cocktails and fine Mediterranean fusion food. Go us!!!
The bigger celebration is still ahead of us when the collection is completed. So, until then, we'll keep on running the race until we cross the finish line.