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Ever wonder how the clothes you're wearing right now became clothes?

After the design is decided, drafting begins!

That's right, the shirt on your back right now started from lines on a piece of paper.

The picture above is actually a completed pattern for a top and it contains 12 pieces. I've created other patterns for other projects that had more than 25 pieces. That's a lot of cutting! And the cutting process alone (done by hand, I might add) can take several hours.

But don't think big companies do this, because they don't. They do all the drafting on a computer and a huge cutting machine cuts through hundreds of layers of fabric.

Also, every time your favourite brand comes out with a new design...it's technically not new. They have actually taken the old block or sloper (which is the base pattern) and tweaked it. Ever notice that you buy only one style of jeans because it always fits the same? It's because it came from the same pattern which they have updated for the new season.

Now that I have let you in on a little industry secret, I hope you'll return to see what my pattern will look like for my dress design!

Until next time!



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One of the biggest questions people ask designers is where they get their inspiration from.

What was the initial inspiration for the design?

This year we actually have the opportunity to design a Spring 2016 day dress for Kate French, a local retail store located on West 4th. We were able to visit the store and ask the owner questions about what she was looking for and who her target market is. We are to produce a dress from start to finish; design, draft, and produce.

So where did I get my inspiration from?

This time around I was actually inspired by fabric. I originally sourced a bunch of fabric swatches, trying to figure out which one I wanted to go with. At the time I saw this blue striped fabric, but I was reluctant to purchase it because Katherine, the owner of Kate French, said prints didn't necessarily sell well at her store. But, once I left the fabric store, I just couldn't stop thinking about the fabric! So, I decided to take a risk, go back, and buy it...

to then realize that it had SOLD OUT!

Just my luck.

Long story short, several hours and four fabric stores later, I found what I wanted!

I assembled my package, which included a technical drawing, a fashion illustration, and all the specifications. It is in the hands of Katherine and I am waiting for her feedback.

Hopefully she loves it and approves!


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Chelsea Manansala is a fashion enthusiast, design lover, and creative soul.

She studies fashion design at the Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design and strives to be the best creator she can be.

She has always had a love for fashion and through her studies has come to realize her true appreciation for the craft.

To be able to learn and broaden her knowledge of the industry has opened her eyes to new opportunities and she decided to share her journey through The RAW Outlook.

So, join her on this exciting adventure to get a behind the scenes view of what entering the fashion design industry is really like.