So, until we go to market, what will we do? I’m glad you asked! Well, let’s see… we have a lot to do!!!
Before I get to what is coming up for us, let me go back in time a little bit and get you up to speed as to what we have done so far. 16 weeks or so ago we created an inspiration board. The board has images that inspired us for silhouette, potential embellishments, color, etc. And since we cannot afford to pay for a trend forecasting service yet, we looked at several things to come up with the direction we should take for F/W ‘16: previous bridal collections (including how our F/W ‘15 collection was received), what was going on in real time with fashion, and what other designers were showing in ready-to-wear.
At the end of this month, we will have spent the previous 8 weeks draping, patterning, cutting, and sewing our muslins. By then, Gretchen will have come down to Charleston so that together we can have the first fitting with the model. Hopefully, there will be more pinning than unstitching happening… our college professors can attest to the fact that we drape too tight. Oops. But, we did make the conscious effort to not drape too tight this time around. Anyways, I’m sidetracking. After the fitting, we will each correct any patterns that need it based on the fitting. From there we will lay out our pattern pieces to determine the yield, aka how much of each fabric do we need, and order the fabrics. Once the fabrics arrive, it’s time to cut and sew the samples!!! This is where things get really exciting because our initial ideas are becoming a reality! 10 weeks from the first fitting, samples will be done!!!
What comes after finished samples? PHOTOSHOOT!!! The fun stuff! And what comes after that, prepping for market… not as fun (haha) but we gotta do it. Of course, along with everything I just mentioned, there are little things to get done as well. And with big and little things said and done, we will be ready to hit the road for market.
Look out Chicago and NYC, we’re coming your way!!!