September 20, 2009

Well it sure has been a while since I updated. But fortunately for me, I have done lots with my time since. Projects I have been working on include several bathing suits, 2 of which were sold at a local boutique called Fat Fancy here in Portland, 2 skirts, a hoodie, a reconstructed shirt and the beginnings of a tutu. I have pictures of most of my projects and hope to by the end of the day, add a shirt to the list of finished items.

Along with side projects and I was taking a summer class at PCC. Apparel sketch and desing. It was such a great class. My teacher was very knowledgeable and had us working at a great pace. I learned so much, like how to draw a proper fashion croquis to use for my personal designs. I took the skills I learned in that class and combined it with a few of my beautiful friends and made them into real plus size fashion croquis. The industries plus size croquis still dont hold a candle to the size of woman I want to represent in my designs. So I made some in the image of my friends who are plus size models above a size 24. I have Courtney as the "pear", Katie as the "apple", Jen as the "hourglass", and myself as "papple" (big everywhere). Just so when I have a design in mind I can better design around girls who I want to wear my clothes. If I design on a size 16 model, how can I expect to understand how it will fit on a 34? I will post up pictures of them once I have finished them.

My next project is to make a Princess Jasmine costume. I found as close of a pattern for a similar outfit and figured I could adjust what I needed. The biggest time consumer is upping the size of the patterns. Once those are done, sewing seems like a piece of cake. Mmmm, cake. So I will do my best to keep updating as often as I can. Though I am in a class this fall term, there is no design or sewing required. It's more of an overview of fashion design, following trends, marketing. It should be very interesting.


  1. Those monokinis are amazing. I have been killing myself trying to find out. I don't suppose you do custom orders do you?

  2. those monokinis will be very sexy in you SHAWNA !!