I’ve Completed Official Lectra/Kaledo Training…

I am so excited to be done with my MFA! As of Dec. 15th 2012, I am officially available for full-time employment! if you are a recruiter or HR rep please contact me at your earliest convenience here. I am looking for an entry level job or paid internship in apparel or fashion goods design, product development, or product coordination.

This post is going to highlight my recent Lectra training. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to train with a Lectra specialist from New York City and I even have a certificate to prove that I completed the official training with Rachel Scheib.

I learned Lectra’s Kaledo Print over a 3 day course and designed a lot of textiles within my intensive training. I’ve included photos to show my work (!). For the fashion newbie,the Kaledo programs offer an awesome computer platform to design textile prints, weaves, and more! Every fabric with a print on it has been designed by a person and Kaledo is a  set of software that allows a designer to create CAD (Computer Aided Design) and digitally render their original textile designs. Digital design is one of the  first step of getting a printed fabric manufactored and turned into something-baby clothes, bedding, carpet, women’s bathing suits, ties, anything that has a pattern on it!

I’m highly interested in a job in textile print design or something similar. CAD work for apparel and fashion goods is a passion of mine; I could literally sit at a computer all day and design. Hire me! Contact me here.

Examples of work:

Multiple Colorways for one flower print

Creating my palettes! Loving Pantone’s Spring color forecast

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Gamma Ray – Mini Collection, Spring/Summer 2012

During my Fall 2011 semester at Lindenwood, I finished designing and sewing my Spring/Summer 2012 Mini Collection. My insiration for this sportswear line came from a 20+ hour Greyhound bus ride that I took to Juarez, Mexico when I was in high school. The color theme came from the view outside my window and I wanted to portray how beautifully the blue sky  hit the rocky landscape. I completed 3 woman’s outfits and 1 men’s outfit. These designs will hit the runway in late April 2012! Included below is the inspiration board, the CAD flats for each piece, and the fashion illustrations. I will upload pictures of the entire collection after they show in the Lindenwood University Fashion Show.

*Please excuse the poor quality of these pictures. My scanner is not big enough for the 11×14 format and I’m hoping to find a larger scanner or use a better camera SOON*

Scintilla

Just wanted to upload a picture of my CAD 1 final. We had to pick a specific clothing catagory such as Career Wear or Sportswear or Formal Wear. I wanted my choice to be obvious (in order for no points to be taken off) so I desined lingerie because it’s pretty unmistakable. I definitely need to get an A on this project!

Here is a picture of the process:

There were eventually 4 outfits included. I’ve digitally designed everything excluding a lace print pattern included in Adobe Illustrator. Had I had more time and experience, I would have wanted to go farther with an original, seamless vector print. I had a limited amount of time and as I’m uploading full collection’s picture, I can see a couple small mistakes that I want to fix eventually. But for the time allotted, I’m pretty happy with the results.

I googled “pretty English words” to stumble upon the title of this small collection. “Scintilla”  (sn-tl – sin-till-ah) is defined as a “minute amount”. I think the name works because I was going for a minute amount of fabric. View in the gallery below. Thanks!

 

An Introduction to CAD

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Today I’m sitting in CAD I class waiting around for it to start. Looks like I have time to blog! CAD (or Computer Aided Design) is a way to render fashion designs in a highly technical format. Using Adobe Illustrator you can create these things called garment flats. Flats are digital 2D “sketches” of what a design should look like. CAD garment flats are the basis for garment production. It’s kind of like an architectural plan for a house; a flat is literally a draft of a garment. Everything on a flat has to look perfect-proportions are important as well as design details like zippers, seams, and hems.

After a flat is produced, a designer might send it to production in a far off land. The flat acts as a guide for the producers (aka the Chinese factory workers). It is a way to communicate visually when you can’t communicate through a common language. I’ve included some basic CAD work below.Just a boring trench, not much of a design… but you will get the idea.