Ok…so maybe it’s not Part 222, but it certainly isn’t part 2…LOL. I finally narrowed down my fabrics to 8 main prints and worked for a week on figuring out how the fabrics could all work together in my upcoming boys’ clothing line.
This was no easy task trying to find a way to connect them so they looked like they belonged together. Before you even worry about who you’ll hang with (displayed along side a competitor in a boutique), you have to be able to hang with yourself. By this I mean your line needs to look like it belongs to the same collection.
This wouldn’t have been difficult if all the prints were from the same color family…but no, I had to challenge myself to make my black prints work with my brown prints. The way I accomplished this was by using one of two contrasting prints with each of the 8 main fabric prints:
By using these two contrasting prints, I could tie the line together (and make great use of fabric allocation). So now all the dress shirts fit together. Then came the issue of knit shirts. Using aqua blue, dark brown and rust knit fabric, I could match at least two knit shirts to each print shirt. And I was even able to match all three knit shirts to certain dress shirt prints. This is so important as it makes merchandising the line much easier for the boutiques.
Keeping with the aqua blue, dark brown and rust theme, I then moved onto the pants. Using these colors for the pants, I decided on contrasting topstitching and waistband lining with one of the contrasting fabric prints above. I then did the same thing for the sweatshirts and hats.
Now that I’ve ironed out all the fabrics, I need to work on final design sketches to send to my pattern maker. Along with the sketches, I’ll need to send my line sizing guidelines (every designer should have a good idea of how they’d like their line to fit their target customer).
On Tuesday, I’m have a meeting with a label company to figure out my leather jeans label and some other garment labels. I’m hoping my Sunshine Girl is out of the hospital by then…keep your fingers crossed.
In the meantime, I thought I’d share my life at a standstill. My lonely new garden room cushions (don’t you just love Joel Dewberry fabrics or what?)…
My new polka dot ironing board cover waiting to be taken out of it’s package…
All my new wall art (yes, those are custom hand painted D I V A letters) for my sewing room…
I’m missing my things terribly. Although the hospital is only 5 minutes away from my home, I only get to stop by twice a day for a quick shower and a few minutes of email.
My Sunshine Girl is still having trouble keeping her blood pressure down. And she’s miserable with stomach cramps. But lots of friends and family continue to visit her everyday to cheer her up.
So many people have come forward to help and the outpouring of support and prayers is humbling. Thank you for making it all bearable.