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Revisions

Since I am joining this project with my knitwear class it basically finished. This is my final line up, however I will be adding a bit of shading. I'm also working on creating some muslins of my zero waste pieces, as you can see on my flats page.

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Initial Line-up

Here are looks that I've narrowed down for the initial line-up. For the final looks I will be choosing 8-9 look. I have received some feedback already and will be varying some of the silhouettes as well as changing up the direction of the stripes. The looks I'm thinking of narrowing it down to are 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 14.

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Initial Process
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I really am focusing a lot on my knitwear samples for this collection. Since my designer uses a lot of simple elements and shapes I have a few different jersey knits, some machine and some hand knit purely because the yarn was too light to use in our single bed machines. However I do like the imperfect look seen in the striped sample. I also wanted to incorporate some lace type knits seen in the samples on the left. The top is a Grapevine lace that I found here. I used a slightly thicker yarn, but the openness still fits with my spring/summer collection. The bottom is an English Mesh found here. It is such a unique yarn, it is hard to capture in my terrible dining room light.

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Here are some of the woven fabrics I will possibly use. Some of the colors look a little off because of the incredibly orange lighting in my house. They do have a light cream color though. I think these will be great for a little more structured pieces.

Here is a start to some designs. I definitely need to do more designing which will be happening over spring break. I tried to pair some fabric ideas with each sketch. I also started to explore some zero waste options seen in the last photos. I will need to explore further with this idea. I plan to make some quick muslins to see if the designs work as well.

Initial Research

Brand Chosen: Kordal - Contemporary knitwear designer Mandy Kordal. This mission statement is pulled from her website. I have also included some of her past collections and detailing for inspiration.

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What can I bring to the label? Though her knits are zero waste, her cut and sewn are not quite there yet. I think I could explore this aspect a little more through some woven looks. I'm not very experienced in this and think it would be a good challenge. I can also incorporate more craft through hand knit garments and possibly accessories.

Future Trend Big Ideas - A Purposeful Movement
This trend focuses on sustainability and the idea every product should have a purpose. I think that can be achieved by making timeless quality pieces that will last a lifetime. Time should be spent on the craft and techniques used to ensure the best quality products.

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Sub-Trend - Economic Nutrition. Like a food nutrition label this idea encourages companies to be transparent with their company and what goes into their garments. I think the brand I am looking at does this quite well. From including a mission statement on the website to including a description of fiber content and where the item was made on each clothing item in their shop.

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For my collection I was inspired by simple ideas and living - sort of a 'day in the life of' my muse. I would like to focus on soft and natural colors to match with simple silhouettes. I am using this project in conjunction with my knitwear design class so I think my collection will mainly focus on knitwear with some wovens mixed in. Since This collection is focused more on sustainability I would like to play around with the concept of little to no waste when it comes to my pieces. To go along with my brand, my knit pieces will be fairly simple - machine knit swatches along with some hand knit textures sticking to simple, flat colors. I am still working on the knit swatches so I will be posting them next week.