Thinking about designing

I may have already mentioned this but when I was little most of the women in my family used to watch ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ so naturallly so did my cousin and I. We used to be bored a lot back in those days (no interwebz) so we decided to imitate what we saw on ‘The Bold’ everyday. We started making fashion drawings. I don’t have them here (otherwise I would’ve posted pictures and I will if I get my hands on them.. trust me they were epic), but I think you can imagine what two 7 and 8 year old girls can do with a ballpoint (our favorite drawing tool), coloring pencils and supermarket pricetags (the ones without comma’s.. like 295 for 2,95). We’d also just draw them on lined paper because we had a lot of them.

In the following years I forgot I ever made these drawings until I actually started sewing. In the past year I’ve been thinking about it on and off, but I felt I wasn’t quite there yet.. and for some reason I was waiting for something.

There’s also the fact that I’m extremely picky when choosing clothes/ knits, so the last few months I’ve spent more and more time searching for knits I like. I found a LOT of very nice designs but I would have to change them a bit and I didn’t feel like constantly having to do that. I have tried to make a few simple designs in the past, but I felt, and know now, that I didn’t really have enough basic information about the materials and how they behaved to be very successfull. When learning how to spin yarns I believe I learned a lot about fabrics and how they behave. I don’t think you can understand fabric or yarns unless you have made it yourself.. I’m not a great spinner by a longs hot but I do think it will help me a lot.

I’m not only going to try to design knitting, but I’m also going to try to design some stuff to sew later on. As it turns out my mom still has a big book on how to draft sewing patterns from your own designs, so I’ll be taking a looksie at the books first before I even attempt one.. but to get myself in the mood I made the following drawings..

Fashion tryout

For a while now I’ve had five balls of Drops Silke-Tweed in brown and a ball of handspun alpaca yarn in cremy white. I’ve tried to knit something with both of them but it didn’t really work out, but the combination between these yarns is very nice imho. The rough tweedy look combined with the soft, halo-y and slightly uneven handspun alpaca makes both yarns pop.

I’m not sure as to which one of these designs I’m going to pick just yet, and when/ if I pick one I’ll still work out some more details before I jump in and start knitting.. but I’m wondering about your opinion. What do you think of them and/ or which one is your favorite? I have about 1000m of silke tweed and 340m of alpaca, so I can’t use a lot of white and I’m planning to knit all knitting patterns with Tuulia’s Tailored Sweater Method. It’s really the most awesome thing ever if you don’t like raglan lines(like me)!

The first one (from left to right) is a loose pullover with a very wide neckline. Since I’m knitting top-down I’m hoping to have a bit of a curly neckline. The arms and the chest (up until the separation of the sleeves) will be striped.

The second one is more of a  vest-turned-tunic. It’s very open so you’ll have to wear a top underneath, but I think that’s the best because knitting tends to be very warm (lol). The point where the V-neck is joined will be accentuated with a white ‘belt’, under which there will be some 4×4 ribbing.

The third one is actually my least favorite.. it’s a simple pullover with accentuated parts.

The fourth one is a dress with the same kind of neckline as the first only without sleeves. The same idea goes here for the striping, but ends right under the bustline with a wide ‘belt’ of white knitting. Under the belt the dress is shaped like a typical mens’ shirt-turned-skirt.. wow.. does my fashion lingo amaze you as much as it amazes me?

swatching again

I don’t think the picture does it justice but here’s a little swatch of the two yarns together. The handspun starts out lumpy but gets more even along the way, and I really like the color combination.

The plan is to develop a design in a month and to knit or sew it in another moth, so I’ll have two months per design, hoping to have 6 designed objects (DO) by the end of 2011. I’ll publish these (on the blog duh) under the category ‘lilirious’ since they’re my own designs. I’m not planning to make any patterns this year since it’s just practice and I’m really not good enough yet, but I would really value some critiques or any other comment on them so I can learn 🙂

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