Hello Loves <3
Toolboxes: and no, I am not referring to my ex-boyfriends, that will be another time. Before I came to fashion school, I probably had no clue what my essentials would be. After working in the garage with my dad for many years, I learned something: it is important to develop an essential toolbox. The following are what I found to make up the most useful toolbox in the fashion world
Sewing Machine: A must-have to master the craft.
Women’s Wear Daily: This newspaper will help you keep up with the creative and the business sides of the fashion industry.
Designer Biographies: Inspiration from people who have already been here, done this. Fashion books in general are just good to have: start your library ASAP.
Pattern Notcher: Don’t ask, just buy.
Colored Pencils: Preferably Prismacolor, they are key elements for good sketches and story boards.
11x14 sketchbook: Invest in a GOOD skectchbook or marker pad. Remember, you get what you pay for, and it if you buy a cheap one, there’s probably a reason it’s cheap.
Muslin and Brown Paper: A rough draft of the final garment sewn on a simple, inexpensive material.
Color Guide: Thank the Lord my dad works for Sherwin-Williams, I get these for free eery year. It is a color system that helps you plan your shade you want. Perfect for mood boards or color stories.
Art Markers: Preferably Prismacolor, they create vibrant, quick, detailed illustrations. Perfect for indicating fabric as well. Also, don’t forget to buy a colorless blender.
Bias Tape: Fabric trim that is used for finishing seams so you don’t get jank edges or fraying.
Sewing Notions: Foundations of a garment: zippers, buttons, hook eyes, thread, swatches, come on, designers, you should know these by now lol
Tape Measure: You should be wearing this thing around your neck like a dorky-looking scarf. If you don’t wear one of these on your neck, you’re not a fashion major.
Scissors: 3 different kinds: fabric shears (get a GOOD pair, not a cheapy pair), paper scissors (can be a cheap pair because they are used for making paper patterns) and pinking shears ( Fiskars makes a good, inexpensive pair).
Tailor’s Chalk: Marks garments to show where alterations or other sewing methods would be needed.
Dress Form: Make her your best friend. Used for draping and hanging fabric: can find in a variety of sizes.
Lightbox Light Tracer: Perfect for tracing garments and drawing your own Flats.
Reference Books: Again, build your library! When I need help with a flat for example, all my answers are at my fingertips. When it comes to designing, sometimes the interenet doesn’t cut it.