Cactus Fashion


{November 19, 2011}   HATS!

Here are a few hat designs from Intro to Accessory


Laura looking chic in Rose Genzman's giraffe print hat!

Design at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ

L-R:  Laura Caraveo, Emma Graves, Melissa Padilla, Rose Genzman

L-R: Laura Caraveo, Emma Graves, Melissa Padilla, Rose Genzman

Students in the Intro to Accessory Design class at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ were given an assignment to deconstruct a $1 Store bag (you can learn a lot from a $1 store bag!).  They were to make the patterns and restyle (product development) the bag into their own style vision.  Their second project was to deconstruct, analyze the patterns for, restyle and construct a bag from a thrift store.

Here are a few of their FAB creations!

Rose Genzman's "Bridesmaid Bag"

Rose Genzman's "Bridesmaid Bag"Melissa Padilla's $1 Store Restyle

Laura Caraveo's Elegant Brocade Evening Bag

Laura Caraveo's Elegant Brocade Evening Bag w/ Jeweled Zipper Pull ($1 Store Bag)

Cynthia Gerritts – Fur interpretation (custom chevron fabric design)
Rose Genzman – “Roses”

Emma Graves - Purple "Hobo" with white Roses

{June 10, 2011}   Pima Runway – Spring 2011!

You’ll find photos of the Spring 2011 fashion show on my Picasa web album.

Here’s the link

If the link (above) doesn’t work, cut & paste this one below:

{February 8, 2011}   Classy Skirts!

Susan Apthorp and Billie Bright both created beautifully lined skirts for their project in FDC 211.  Here are a couple of photos of these very talented ladies!

Well, as you can see, I’ll be a presenter at Phoenix Fashion Week this year!  I’m giving a workshop on “Fashion Illustration” on Friday, October 8th at the “W” Hotel in Scottsdale.  Hope you  make it; it’s going to be a great event! 🙂  Let’s support those who are trying to make Arizona a fashion destination for designers and manufacturers!

Phoenix Fashion Week

{September 8, 2010}   Back in action…

Well, summer is coming to a close in most parts of the country (except Arizona where it is summer nearly all year 🙂 ).  I’ve been busy this summer getting our new Fashion Design Lab (very fresh and “semi-industrial looking) settled.  We had our first classes this week and everyone seems very excited about our new space, the new classes, and all the great “fashion happenings” we’ll be having at Pima West this year!

With that said, it’s been a crazy/hectic summer and I do apologize to the high school teachers I saw at the ADE conference this summer for getting the fashion drawing info to you so late.  I had other “fish to fry” immediately and didn’t forget you, but I do appreciate your patience and understanding.  Thank you!

Anyhow…here are a few tips:

“The Grid”:  I make my grid lines 1 and 1/8″ apart from 10 – 0.  I like my croquis (remember that French word meaning…”to sketch”?) very long (personally) and that’s the way I was taught.

Susan Apthorp sent another good one today…

French Draping

Thanks, Susan! 🙂

{June 2, 2010}   Making Muslins…

Gloria Williams sent this today; this guy did something like 24 fitting muslins using the Wild Ginger software:

Shirt Fitting Muslins

Moral of the story? Doing four to five fitting muslins is NOT a lot of work! 🙂

Susan Apthorp sent this to me today; check it out!

Thanks, Susan! 🙂

Hokey Croquis

et cetera