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!!!
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
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
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.