Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Tattoo Artist Apo Whang-od

 Tattoo Artist Apo Whang-od
~ Vogue Philippine Cover ~
Watch this short video clip
on my YouTube channel
she's 106 years old and a true inspiration.
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Brand Equity in Fashion Design

 Brand Equity in Fashion Design
is a very important aspect in developing a successful brand.
Here is a link to my YouTube channel that gives you a
brief explanation on the subject (click on image to open post).
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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Properties of Fabric ~ A must for ALL designers.


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So on that note, let's look at properties of fabric. The video you're about to watch is a preview from one of my fashion design courses available online on Fashion Premier Academy. Roll it. When we look at some basic properties of fabric, there are certain features which we have to consider, such as, weight W E I G HT.

Refers to the thickness, the weight, how light or heavy is it? A top weight or a lightweight, for example, is suitable for blouses, um, whereas a bottom weight would be used for pan. Or coats or dresses and so on. The next is drape, which means how does it drape, how does it hang, how does it move? Is it fluid or is it stiff?

Does it have liquid like properties, silk, chiffon, rayon, satin fabrics are some of the. Fabrics that drape really nicely. Next is durability. In simple terms, it just means will it last a long time? How long will this garment last before it's worn out and must be thrown away. Next we have softness, fabric.

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Softness has different meanings, but it refers to the comfort performance, and. Uh, Cotton would be a perfect example of that. Next is construction or structure can be as simple as, is it knit or is it woven? But it also refers to the density of the yarns. In the warp and the west direction. The tighter the weave, the more yarns you will use and the more expensive the fabric.

And lastly, breathability is the ability of the fabric to permit water vapor to pass through and allow air to circulate through the weave of the fabric. ' That's It? So these are some of the properties of back. Okay, I will see you next class. Thank you for watching this video. Check out all the videos available on Fashion Premier Academy, and don't forget to hit the subscribe button and the bell next to it so you'll be notified every time I post a new video, which is every week.

I'll see you in class.

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Saturday, October 15, 2022

Friday, October 14, 2022

Working with, and cutting, leather vs fabrics...

 Working with leather vs working with fabrics is very different
when it comes to fashion designing:
you have to work with the fact that a leather skin
also known as hides
has an irregular shape.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Learn Fashion Design Online ~ Fashion Premier Academy


In this Fashion Designing Course, on Fashion Premier Academy,  you will learn the necessary steps needed to create and develop a Fashion Collection, also known as a Line.  Designing a Collection/Line is a complex step-by-step process executed in a sequential order: starting with inspiration, and mood boards, and sketching ideas and so on... Patterns are created using draping and pattern-making techniques... Further steps into the production and manufacturing process... and the use of social Media to promote and sell the Line/Collection.  This Course is packed with valuable information for anyone interested in entering the world of fashion design.

On Fashion Premier Academy, this Course Create a Fashion Collection & Launch a Brand", covers the process from A to Z , including exercises in discovering "Who You Are" as a fashion designer.  It is truly inspiring for anyone passionate about fashion designing.

  • Designing a Fashion Collection (aka Line) is a complex process involving many steps executed in sequential order to best produce optimum results. 
  • I will take you through the components and tools to prepare, organize, and execute the designing of your Collection/Line. 
  • You will learn new terminology such as Slopers, Mood Boards, Draping process, Pattern drafting, Cost Sheets, Tech Packs. 
  • You will learn how to sketch your ideas.
  • You will learn about silhouettes ("shapes").
  • You will learn the different types of textiles/fabrics (woven vs knits).
  • Learn to identify Target Customer. 
  • You will explore Social Media and its importance in the promoting and selling of your Brand.

On Fashion Premier Academy, you will discover what inspires you, where does inspiration come from, how to observe and save visual images and pictures and sources into a "fashion journal" which will be used as a "pool" of information and inspiration when it comes to sketching new ideas for future Collections.

You will learn basic Sketching techniques that will help you put down on paper new ideas and designs.You will use the Croquie to help you quickly draw on paper what you see in your mind's eye.

Fabric is very important in fashion design: learning the different types of fabrics, and colors, and textures, not to mention knowing the difference between woven fabrics and knit fabric.  Color plays an important role in creating new designs: understanding the infinite shades of a color will help you become a better designer.

Learning the methods and techniques used to create a pattern (used to make a garment) such as Draping and Pattern Drafting is essential in the construction of a garment.  The learning and use of all the different tools used in the Draping/Drafting of patterns is necessary in order to execute perfect garment.

Sizing and grading is necessary as part of the production process. Learning the manufacturing process is crucial in the execution and delivery of a collection to the marketplace. The knowledge and use of Tech Packs and Cost Sheets is mandatory for anyone working in the fashion design industry.

Knowing who your customer is, and who you're designing for, is very important in the success of a Brand: identifying your customer and designing with a specific goal in mind, will help you achieve the success of your company and the development of your Brand.

Social Media plays a crucial role in the visibility and thus success of your Brand and knowing all the different and available channels to you, will empower you to make the right decisions and choices.  

If you are wondering whether fashion design is an area that you might venture into, this Course will definitely answer that question for you: given the complexity of the process, learning all the different aspects of it will empower you to make the right decision.

And if you are curious to learn more about the fashion industry, this Course will deliver a tremendous amount of information that will definitely expand your knowledge of the industry. The content of this Course covers a large span of knowledge given that it covers the entire process of designing a fashion idea and executing it and delivering it to the customer -- a process that encompasses a complex series of steps that need to be executed in sequential and exact order for the entire process to work smoothly.

Students from other industries (such as lawyers, and engineers, etc.) who have taken this Course, claim that it has expanded their understanding of the fashion design process and that it was very informative, clear, well delivered and made a big difference in their decision to make the right choice in career direction.

The material covered in this course will help you determine how to best enter into the fashion industry, which area of the industry is best suited for you, whether it's the creating and designing of the collection, or the manufacturing process, or distribution, or social media and marketing. Being equipped with the right information is crucial when making career choices --choosing the right path can mean the difference between a happy and joyful life or a life of struggle.

As the Internet increases its power and span, reaching global visibility and productivity becomes the norm -- This course, Create a Fashion Collection & Launch Your Brand,  gives you access to valuable information as to how to go about achieving that. Today's customer is smart and educated and you must be prepared with the right education and knowledge in order to compete in the marketplace, and succeed.

Being educated in all the steps necessary to make a great fashion collection is essential when dealing with other industry professionals.  Communicating and sharing your ideas is part of the networking element in a professional environment, therefore knowing all the steps involved in the designing a fashion collection becomes necessary part of turning ideas into reality.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Now available: 12 Courses in Fashion Design @Fashion Premier Academy


Learn Fashion Design ONLINE

with pre-recorded Video Classes

at: Fashion Premier Academy

Learn to draft your own personal patterns… or draft one for your client(s) — the power is in your hands!

A NEW Course: “Basic Bodice For Fashion Design: Pattern Making Tutorial” — How To Draft a Basic Bodice Pattern From Scratch! 

Learn how to measure your dress form, or yourself, or your client/customer and create specific patterns to fit your needs. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Fabrics: Step 1 in Fashion Designing


Learn about FABRICS: Step 1 in creating a new collection...

learn more at: Fashion Premier Academy

It all starts with Fibers... into Yarns... into Weaving or Knitting... Textiles are created...

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

How To Start A Career In Fashion Design

How do you start a career in fashion design, where to begin: getting started.... different choices... different paths...Click:  There are 11 Fashion Designing Courses on my website:

~ from Fashion Sketching and Fashion Draping, Pattern Making and Collection Development, Business of Fashion, Fashion Branding & Marking, and Fashion

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Sample Making in Fashion Design ~ What is a Sample.

 Sample Making - Collection Development, lesson #5

Hello, everyone. Welcome back class # five, Sample Making. What is a sample? A sample is the very first garment made. It's a prototype. What you see on a runway fashion show is a group of samples. Now, there are two main methods or techniques to make. One is called Draping and the other is Pattern Drafting or Pattern Making. 

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What is draping? Draping is the art of using fabric to hang, to fold, to drape onto a dress form in order to make a pattern, pattern drafting or pattern making is a mess. Or technique using an existing pattern to create a second pattern using techniques such as pivoting, slashing and spreading and others.

So, you look at a sketch and you decide if you want to use a draping or pattern making, pattern drafting to create the pattern in the draping process. We use a fabric. Normally we use a fabric called muslin. Muslin is a very inexpensive fabric. We use it and then we make a pattern. Then we throw it away.

So it's very inexpensive. It's usually white off-white it looks like canvas, but it's a much lighter version, lighter weight than canvas. You can buy it at your local fabric store. It's very easily. Okay. Now both methods, draping and pattern drafting are techniques which require in-depth study. We could spend weeks and months studying and perfecting draping and, and pattern drafting.

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I will make a separate course and demonstrate draping techniques and pattern making techniques. But for the purpose of this course, we simply don't have the time necessary. To really get into the details of draping and pattern-making, it's a very complex system. So if you don't know any draping or if you don't know any pattern making at all whatsoever, your next step is to find someone who does now, you can find someone like maybe a student from your local school, or you can search online for companies that can produce your.

There are companies that you can hire, that can make the pattern and kind of sample in muslin for a fitting. What is a fitting: fitting simply means to try the muslin, the muslin sample on a model, either a live model, if you can afford one or a dress form to check and to check the fit, uh, to see whether the garment looks like the sketch that you had in mind.

Does it look like the design that you had in mind? Does it fit correctly? Is it too big? Is it too tight? Is the proportion correct? Should it be longer? Should it be shorter and so on and adjustments are made. Once the adjustments are made, the pattern is corrected. And if necessary a second sample is made to check the fit.

Once again, once the muslin sample is perfect. It's just the way we like it. It's beautiful. It's a good to go. It is then cut in the actual fabric chosen for that design. And this process is repeated for each design. So at this point, if you're, if you're following this course, and you're really serious about making samples and you want to end up with real samples for a collection for your collection now is the time to stop and really focus on this process.

Find a way to make your samples. Like I said, you can search online, maybe, you know, someone who can help you with pattern-making and making sense. So that's your next assignment. Okay. So you got some work to do. I will see you next class.

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Tattoo Artist Apo Whang-od

  Tattoo Artist Apo Whang-od ~ Vogue Philippine Cover ~ Watch this short video clip on my YouTube channel she's 106 years old and a tr...