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Mini sketchbook of tailoring techniques

Pictures only. Enjoy! First jacket made at Bunka Fashion College (2009), wool Melton and wool crêpe; taken apart to show construction and finishing.  Traditional tailoring techniques Toiles for designer tailoring   Rib collar and sleeve with piping on a tailored coat Where to learn tailoring: I learned Ready-to-wear tailoring at Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo; then tried the traditional techniques by myself following another textbook. Bunka Fashion College textbooks (English version) available on Amazon, I think; If you can't find them, Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer is an amazing book to start investigating traditional women's tailoring. Interested in studying at Bunka Fashion College? Read my review first: part 1 and part 2. Need special guidance? Click here to learn about my Mentorship...

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What to include in a portfolio to apply to CSM Fashion

Oh that first video showing my portfolio... so boring you could cry. Also no advice for newbies like myself pre-Fashion Folio. And it's still my most watched video, with over 4k views, while most of my videos struggle to get 100 views each. I knew I couldn't let it end there, so here goes a follow-up video to explain more clearly what's this portfolio thing is all about, in case you wanna apply to CSM (and more specifically Graduate Diploma in Fashion):   In case you haven't watched the first video, let me tell you: Not even I can believe how much I improved. And all this in less than a year - of pretty haphazard effort, to be honest....

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How to make your own Fashion model template - video tutorial

Following my tutorial on How to draw better, faster, stronger Fashion sketches, I had to do another video showing to make the actual template - so the much needed prequel (yes, I insist on this model template thing! Wait until you have to draw over 100 rough sketches for an 8-look project!). What I'm finding out is that sometimes it's much easier to make videos than it is to write a blog post. And to think I resisted it so much! (I still have a long way to go, though, specially in terms of speaking in a more passionate or at least warmer tone.)   Tutorial hoarder alert! Have you been watching countless videos, reading a gazillion blogs and collecting all those pretty pictures...

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How to draw Better, Faster, Stronger Fashion sketches

“Fashion designers don't need to know how to draw” Said at least two of my bosses in my short stints in local casual Fashion brands, where we'd be copying pieces from Zara, Bershka, Mango and even Primark, and looking up some generic bloggers as research. Those were boring days, making stuff that no one would remember after the next collection was launched, and the worst part is, if you get comfortable and stay too long in one of those jobs, you might never get a chance at the cool brands that were featured on Vogue and such. Still, I do get why many seasoned professionals would say that Fashion Design has nothing to do with drawing, because the level of the...

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Vintage overview: Italian Sailor trousers

Plus free flat sketches! As I wrote on my post about redoing a vintage kimono, I love shopping for vintage clothes, supposedly for research purposes and actually for wearing them myself. This weekend I decided it was about time I adjusted two pairs of sailor trousers - one Italian, and one French - bought in August 2016, at Cenci Vintage London (hint: don't be fooled by the number of followers on their Instagram, major Fashion houses send their teams there twice a year for research!). And since I had to take them apart anyway, there was no excuse for not drafting the patterns, as well. These trousers have no side seam, only an inseam; it's an interesting construction that is...

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