Ever experience designer’s block? The struggle is real. Perhaps you have been staring at your dress form for a little bit too long trying to decide how to reinvent the jersey slip dress you love so much. Maybe your creative mind is wandering as the holidays approach. No matter what the reason, we have all been there and the U of F is happy to help you out of your design slump. Read More
From Rihanna’s River Island collection to Helmut Lang to Lanvin, front twist draping is a detail that adds interest and dimension to skirts, shirts and every garment in between.
If you have ever taken the time to visit the knit section at your local fabric store, you know that not all knits are created equal. Not only do knit fabrics vary in weight and appearance, but most importantly, knit fabrics vary in terms of stretch. This week, for your pattern making purposes, we bring you Knit Stretch Reductions: Torso Slopers which will teach you how to modify your torso sloper for use with moderate, 2-way, super stretch and ribbed knit fabrics. Read More
The University of Fashion is thrilled to announce the winners of our recent Student Spotlight contest! Kathryn Butler is our winner in the Sewing category, Rafael De Peña takes home the prize in Fashion Art and Chanica Pitaksakorn has won both the Pattern Making and Draping categories. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all of our students who entered – we love seeing how you are making the University of Fashion work for you! In this post, we spotlight Draping and Pattern Making category winner, Chanica Pitaksakorn. Read More
Recently, one of the University of Fashion’s talented students, Lenka Murray, sent us several photographs of her work after completing our videos Draping: Bodice Sloper and Draping: Bustier Bodice. Not only were we impressed with Lenka’s attention to detail and willingness to share her process, but we were also inspired to create our new blog feature, Student Spotlight. In our first Student Spotlight, we feature Lenka, who has a very relatable story and in our opinion, a true talent for draping. Thanks to Lenka, we are on the lookout for our next Student Spotlight, an honor which not only comes with a feature on the U of F blog, but also a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com. Click here for details on submitting your work. Read More
2014 is right around the corner and that means it is time to design your New Year’s resolutions. Need a little help? Determine which type of designer you are below and follow our plan to make 2014 the year you reach your design goals. Read More
As a former fashion design student, the first winner of NBC’s Fashion Star and as a designer living and working in New York City, I am thrilled to share my experience and expertise with the University of Fashion community. Francesca Sterlacci, founder of the University of Fashion, was once my instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Due to her careful guidance and endless patience, I successfully learned how to pattern and sew a pair of trousers, an a-line dress and a notched collar jacket. When Francesca shared her vision for the University of Fashion with me, I knew I wanted to be a part of her quest to give students, emerging designers and industry professionals the tools and inspiration they need to succeed in the fashion industry.