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{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



I’ve uploaded lots of photos from the Spring 2010 Fashion Show at Pima Community College on Picasa. I *believe* you need to get a Picasa account to view (but, maybe not). Anyhow…you can see yourself, friends, family here:


“Living the Dream”



{March 24, 2010}   Vintage Inspiration…

My Fashion Drawing class will be taking a trip to the Arizona History Museum in a couple of weeks to sketch some of the marvelous garments they have in their vintage costume collection.

Laraine Daly-Jones, Collections Manager, has agreed to host my Computer Patternmaking II students the same day and will allow them to browse around the collection in the basement, which is where most of the garments are stored.

With this field trip in mind, take a look at this article from THREADS – (very inspiring!) – and don’t forget your sketchbooks!

Vintage Inspiration



{February 21, 2010}   Made in the U.S.A.!

I think we are seeing the regeneration of “Made in the USA” – small steps – but, steps in the right direction for our workers. Since I was born in New England – the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in this country – I grew up in an area where people worked with their hands: shoes, apparel, textiles, etc. I knew many people who worked their whole lives in factories and whose pride in their particular factory job was an important part of their self-esteem. There was a time when factory workers could support their families and developed an extended family with their fellow employees in the mills.

Here are three sites that are striving to bring back a sense of craftsmanship in the apparel industry in our country:

Our first designer is a Catholic Priest in the Bronx –

“Goods of Conscience”

Next is a talented lady in Alabama who is using U.S. local former textile workers to produce her line –

Alabama Chanin

Last, but not least, is a company in Maine –

Rambler’s Way

ENJOY! 🙂



{February 5, 2010}   FIT eMuseum…

The Fashion Institute of Design in NYC has an eMuseum; check it out…it’s pretty amazing!

FIT eMuseum



{December 29, 2009}   Sewing Tutorials – Blogspot

Look what I found! Check it out! 🙂

I think this is a great help/resource for sewing, pattern alternations, and more!

Sewing Tutorials



This site has a mixture of patterndrafting theories (her own mainly), knitting, and other odds & ends. You may (or may not) find useful, but I thought it was interesting enough to post to our humble blog.

Carol Kimball



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