Posted on: May 13, 2021 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

What studying in Florence did for me

My last year at FIT was in Florence, Italy. I applied for the study abroad program in 2003 and got in!I was not completely surprised because my past experiences always taught me that when I WANT something badly and WORK HARD to get it.. it happens and so did this opportunity. Flying to Europe for the first time was a bit scary but exciting. I was leaving New York City…

Posted on: May 13, 2021 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Slash & Spread – Dart Manipulation

Moving the dart on a Front Bodice from the Waist to other locations can seem like it requires SKILL, but it really doesn’t…It is SO EASY to change that basic waist dart sloper to a different dart sloper with 4 simple steps FIND THE NEW LOCATION you want to move the dart to DRAW A LINE CONNECTING that NEW LOCATION to the APEX SLASH ON THAT LINE UP TO THE…

Posted on: April 16, 2021 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Completing the PRINCESS PATTERN – Part 3

THE FINISHED PRODUCT TO BEGIN, YOU MUST HAVE YOUR PIECES READYCOMPLETE WITH NOTCHES, LABELED and GRAINLINES DRAWN IN Pinning the Panels together… You will need paper scissors, pins and might need a ruler or curved tool to CHECK and MODIFY your lines TAKE A FRONT VIEW – BACK VIEW and SIDE VIEW PICTURE OF YOUR FINISHED PATTERNSAVE IN YOUR PRINCESS and DARTS FOLDER and SUBMIT IN Google Classroom Assignment

Posted on: April 14, 2021 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Princess DRAFT to Pattern – Part 2

This is where you should be – Make sure your NOTCHES are in NEXT STEP – Add Seam Allowance to the CENTER PANELS ONLY – Front and Back Seam allowance is 1/2 INCH ALL AROUND And then THE EASE on the SIDE PANELS – extremely important And Lastly! Note the CURVING of the APEX – very importantThere are no SHARP ANGLES at the bust, therefore you must always CURVE them.…

Posted on: April 13, 2021 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Princess DRAFT to Pattern – Part 1

After CUTTING OUT your Princess Draft pieces, this is what you do NEXT:ALERT – MAKE SURE YOUR PIECES ARE LABELED CORRECTLY – Ms. Chavez DID NOT do so in the past post BUT she fixed them in the image below Place pieces back together Draw in a NOTCH at the Apex, both Front and Back Draw in a notch ABOVE the Apex, midway before reaching the shoulder Draw in a…

Posted on: April 9, 2021 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Princess Line Bodice… How to Begin

As of now, you have created a bodice pattern with darts… Remember what a DART is? CLICK HERE! What if you DON’T want a dart? How about a PRINCESS?? What’s that, you ask? CLICK HERE! LET’s BEGIN the Princess DRAFT You will need:FRONT BODICE SLOPERBACK BODICE SLOPERPENCILERASERRULER and TWO SHEETS OF PAPER Remember to apply pressure to your slopers when tracing.. Then.. You will NEED to find the MIDDLE of…

Posted on: March 5, 2021 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Grainlines Sample

You may have done this in your Sophomore Year…So it WILL BE EASY!!Do you have your 9″ x 9″ Square of Muslin? If you cut out 10″ by 10″ that’s OkAs long as it is COMPLETELY Squared, you’re good! View the VIDEO and FOLLOW the instructions… REWIND if you need to The images you are asked to take will need to be uploaded to your CLASS FOLDER AND GOOGLE CLASSROOM…

Posted on: March 4, 2021 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Draping the Peg Skirt

Beginning the Skirt What next? …….. Draping And then… Going over your Marks Now to TRUE Next.. Pinning the Bodice to the Skirt Pinning dress to Halfscale Form And then there’s the HEM… And we’re Done!! HOW DOES IT LOOK?The goal is to create a pattern that is TRUE to your design

Posted on: March 3, 2021 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Draping Demonstration on a Half Scale

In an effort to Lead by Example, I made a series of videos that can remind fashion students the process of draping PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 4 PART 5 PART 6 TRUEING – Part 1 TRUEING – Part 2 TRUEING – Part 3 Pinning the Drape Together Finished Bodice Drape Onto draping the Skirt of the Dress….STAY TUNED

Posted on: February 24, 2021 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Virtual Work Space for Seniors

Wish you had a table you can work on ONLINE?! Do you already have a virtual work space? If so, SHARE! What is it, where can we go to use it and of course, is it FREE? I found a great Virtual Program called MIRO where you can SPREAD OUT your work and work on it virtually! What do you think? I REALLY WANT TO GET YOUR INPUT!!We will be…

Posted on: February 23, 2021 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Remembering Grain Lines

What are grain lines? Do you recall what they are when you studied them in your Sophomore Year? Here is ONE source that can help you JOG your memory! And ANOTHER source for more information Your task will be to read, watch and take NOTES from the sources and THEN answer the questions POSTED on Jupiter Grades, you will find it under TO DO in the next class session. NOTES…

Posted on: February 18, 2021 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Swatches

ALERTYou will either have ONE stripe white cotton square OR ONE green/purple stripe cotton squareNOT BOTH After EITHER squaring off your swatches with a sharp scissor OR using your heightened TECH SKILLS with your phone and EDITING them into SQUARES: UPLOAD EACH TO YOUR DIGITAL SPRING FOLDER RENAME THEM WHATEVER YOU LIKE CREATE A NEW FOLDER WITHIN YOUR FOLDER and TITLE IT ‘SWATCHES’ MOVE ALL OF YOUR NEWLY TITLED SWATCHES…

Posted on: December 15, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Fashion Illustration Tutoring

If you are interested in fine tuning your Fashion Art skills OR you are a beginner and want to start, HSFI has an awesome alumni Fabian Salazar that offers Fashion Art lessons Tuesday’s or Wednesday’s and Thursday’s for Seniors needing help with their Portfolios. Fabian graduated 2016 and applied to FIT and Parsons and was accepted to both school’s. He is now a graduate of FIT and gives back to…

Posted on: December 12, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

The Basic Bodice

You may ask – ‘WHY DID WE START WITH THE SKIRT and not the TOP?‘ There is a simple answer – The SKIRT was SIMPLER!! Even if you may disagree. Patternmaking is the method of creating patterns for clothing. It is a craft that takes time to master and the best way to begin to understand it, or ANYTHING for that matter is to start in the most simplest of…

Posted on: December 11, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Yoke Skirt with Gathers – DRAFT to PATTERN

This is the continuation of the creative skirt you began – The YOKE SKIRT with GATHERS The FIRST blog post contained videos of the draft… These are the videos of the process of turning those drafts into PATTERNS Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 The Back – Part 1 The Back – Part 2 Pinning your Pattern Together Voila!! Now lets see you do it!!

Posted on: December 6, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Jean Jacket Facing Pattern – How to do it

What pattern pieces will you need to make the facing for the jean jacket:Yoke pattern piece and the CF Bodice piece What is Facing? Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 What if…. Yoke as Facing? There you have it guys!Remember to take pictures of your process AND apply the steps AFTER you view the videos!Now work your MAGIC!

Posted on: December 1, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Checking your Patterns

Once you have your pattern pieces, what next?BEFORE YOU CUT THEM OUT, answer these questions: 1 – Is your SEAM ALLOWANCES in on all sides of each pattern? 2 – Are your NOTCHES in? How do you know what line goes to what line? 3 – Measure the lines that GO TOGETHER, do they match? 4 – Are your GRAINLINES in? 5 – Are the identifying labels in, example CF,…

Posted on: November 28, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Jean Jacket Style Pattern – Part 3 – Convertible Collar

And then came the Collar Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Pinned Collar to the Bodice And there you have it!!The next step you will want to do is to check your pattern to see how it turned out and see if there are any modifications to be made. DO: Take your timeDO: Pin the Collar to the Bodice to see the result of your pattern

Posted on: November 27, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

The Victorian Denim Jacket Sleeve DRAFT + PATTERN

Since the Sleeve of this Jacket is so special and complex, I believe Demo’ing the process of the DRAFT and PATTERN can help you make connections… Also I went ahead and gave you a little insight on WHY PATTERNMAKER’S are super important to the Fashion Field PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 4 PART 5 PART 6 Cuff for Sleeve Pattern Pinned Together There you HAVE IT guys!That was…

Posted on: November 24, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Victorian Princess Denim Jacket

When I was finishing my BFA at Fashion Institute of Technology, I was in Florence. It was 2004 and all of us in the Fashion Design Program had to think about their thesis. My stay in Italy influenced my design style and this was why I gravitated towards historic fashion of fit and volume My thesis was two fold. I wanted to concentrate on what I was for the larger…

Posted on: November 21, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Jean Jacket Style Pattern – Part 2 – Two Part Sleeve

So it looks like making the pattern for the sleeve of this jacket is quite laborious. I decided to make it a TWO part sleeve and not a SIMPLE 1 whole sleeve. Challenging yourself to make more complex patterns grows your overall knowledge of patternmaking. So… HERE GOES NOTHING!! PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 4 Part 5 PART 6 PART 7 PART 8 PART 9 PART 10 FINISHED…

Posted on: November 14, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Jean Jacket Style Pattern Project – Part 1

Seniors are to DRAFT the pattern of the Denim style jacket, which happens to be an ICON fashion piece I have taken the time to DRAFT the BODICE of this jacket, while making small modifications. Look out for them! Students are also encouraged to CHANGE IT UP!! Yet only if they feel confident enough to lean on their past experiences with patternmaking and use them to produce a more CREATIVE…

Posted on: November 9, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Let’s talk about SKIRTS

When I was a student at FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY there was a series of skirts that we had to do in our Patternmaking class. The reason why SKIRTS were so much fun, it is because creating FUN skirts are easier to do with SLOPERS instead of the dressform. You can drape a skirt YET making a JIGSAW PUZZLE on a dressform is much more tedious. With your slopers, on…

Posted on: October 22, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Starting with the BASIC SKIRT

Our first project in THIRD YEAR FASHION DESIGN is the Basic Skirt.. Traditionally it is done on the dressform, using style tape, pins, scissor, and muslin but thanks to Rona we are focusing on the other form of patternmaking … FLAT PATTERN Flat pattern requires the use of SLOPERS, pattern paper, pencils, ruler, scissors, pins, french curve, eraser and sharpener.. What do we need? What will it look like? Part…

Posted on: September 17, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Safety First – Welcome to 429!

Short Vid on ‘How to start your day in Room 429’ DON’T Mind the ZIT! It just had to make an appearance! Reminder, for everyone’s safety it is a must to handle your OWN tools. Sharing will not be encouraged as cross-contamination can affect your health. The only way to avoid this is….. WASHING your hands and Wearing your Mask!! I will also have disinfecting wipes to clean tools, surfaces…

Posted on: May 16, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Smartphones ARE learning tools, now lets have regulation to back it up!

Teacher Leaders is a program sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers that seeks out to group instructors that are willing to research a topic within the world of education that urges attention. The goal is to bring these important matters to light, introduce them backed with data, findings and recommendations and finally ACTION. My topic? Why do Smartphones merit separate NYC DOE regulation? A survey was sent to ALL…

Posted on: May 6, 2020 Posted by: Rosa Isabel Chavez Comments: 0

Stylized Princess Bodice from Draft to Pattern

Follow the videos and use your half scale slopers to complete the assignment.Detailed instruction can be found in Google Classroom 3rd Marking Period AND You can check out IGTV for smartphone access! Then.. Then.. Then.. Then.. And there you HAVE IT!!!   You got this!!Go on and prosper!!