This is a post written by Gretchen.
The call to post has been made. The starting gate bell has rung... And we're off!
No, we haven't suddenly switched professions to 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. This means that it has been about 1 week since the race started. I always wish we had one more day, but we both know that if we had another day, we would fill it to the brim like all the others!
Starting the Race: The First Muslin Fitting
Muslin Fitting Day
This most recent trip focused on the first muslin fittings. Up until I arrived, Lourdes and I had been draping, patterning, and creating the muslins. (Muslins are a prototype of the design made in cheap fabric. They to give us as close to exact an 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. We went over what worked, what didn’t, wrote down questions to review during the fitting, and so on.
Sidenote: this is one of my favorite parts. Until the muslin reveal, all we know of the others’ dresses are the sketches and some detail pictures we've sent along to way. The reveal is like 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.
In my case, some dress muslins were right on point, and some definitely were going to have loads of questions. No doubt there would be hmms and haws during the fitting.
Fitting day!!! A wonderful, busy, fun, and very tiring day! This is when many 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 get as much information as you can. Each dress fitting typically runs a little like this:
We do all this to try to solve any potential problems and to determine appropriate sewing techniques. It's a frenetic atmosphere, but Lourdes and I work very well in it. We take turns asking questions, writing notes, pinning the model, etc.
Several hours later and we were definitely ready to sit down. Shortly after Christina took her leave, Lourdes and I went through each dress again. We talked over what happened, what we liked, and fabric options until we couldn’t talk about dresses any more!
At that point, it was time for dinner. Our tradition for a job well done is to celebrate by going to try a new restaurant. This time it was at Cannon Green. We had the most delicious cocktails and fine Mediterranean fusion food. Go us!!!
The Finish Line
The bigger celebration is still ahead of us when the collection is complete. This means we have to turn the muslins into the final production samples so that they can be photographed. So, until then, we'll keep on running the race until we cross the finish line.
I wonder where we'll go to celebrate for that?
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