Current Project - Wool Coat

Friday, January 29, 2010
Here's a little sketch of the fall coat that I've been working on since last semester. The assignment was pretty open-ended: design and create a coat or jacket. There were a few requirements for our design -- we had to use a princess or panel line (as you can see, I'm kind of using both -- the princess line from the armhole is the only actual seam on the front of the coat, the other lines are illusions). We are also required to have a notched collar and lapel, a welt pocket -- on the inside or outside of the coat, and a two-part sleeve.

Sorry, that was a bit technical.

In any case, here's my design. I drew inspiration from the curves found in nature -- particularly wood grain.
I've also designed a skirt to go with it because you can't send a girl down the runway in only a coat!

The fabric will be a grey-lavender wool. For all the lines that you see in the sketch, there will be black piping. I'm going to line it with a fun black-and-white floral print satin-finish poly.

I'm really excited about this project. Since this is a year long project I'm really anxious to see how it turns out... but it won't be done until May!

Current Project - Corset

I'm working on developing some ideas for a corset design. The assignment is to design a corset inspired by Marie Antionette and 18th century France. Here are some quick Illustrator variations.

I'm working off the idea of the French Revolution. The Palace of Versailles was ripped apart by the French people in October 0f 1789. The famous hall of mirrors was left utterly shattered. For the past few months I've been collecting what I call "city glass." It's really broken glass from cars windows, etc, but I love it. I'm going to encrust the corset with city glass and colored pearls to represent both the destruction of the Palace of Versailles and the decadence which was the impetus for the outrage of the French people.

I know the designs are all so similar, but do you have a favorite?
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