Judgement Day…Part 2

I want to start off this post by apologizing for not posting in a while…This guy has been hogging my computer!photo 5

Also, last week was our spring break…and after the crazy stress of finishing the collections and Pre-Judging, I insisted on literally sitting on my butt and doing nothing the entire time.  (Except for the small roadtrip I took!)

But since we’ve returned, this week has been a whirlwind of crazy chaos and emotions!  Monday was set up for judging day.  For me, this meant – Wake up, go to internship, leave internship, run to school put my outfit onto a mannequin, eat lunch in .5 seconds, and return to my internship!  BUT…when it was all set up, it looked AMAZING.  Below are some photos of us setting up! Although there were scheduled times for set up, other classes had not finished when we got there at our time so of course there was a lot of people everywhere!

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THe other Knitwear class had some great garments! But of course I’m a bit biased and think our class was THE BEST CLASS EVER!

 

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IN FACT…On judgement everyone except for three people in our class made it into the show!

BUT…before I talk anymore about that let’s back it up to the ACTUAL judgement day.  Everything was essentially out of our hands on Tuesday morning, but we sat in class wondering what was going on.  We knew the judges were upstairs examining every single garment in the great hall, and there was nothing we could do at that point but try to breathe knowing that our fates were sealed the second we put our garments onto the mannequins – it was completely out of our control at that point.  Of course then during the middle of the day we had a ceremony where we were given certificates of participation.  This was the first time we were allowed to go around and see everyone’s garments from other specializations.  There was some absolutely phenomenal work but like I said before, with a strong bias – I believe knitwear is and always will be…THE BEST.

After the certificate ceremony, we were again kept waiting for the rest of the afternoon.  Unfortunately at 6pm when the results were supposed to be posted – it wasn’t ready.  SO…MORE waiting.  This time nerves were SO HIGH. After the list was posted we jumped right into action – taking our garments down and putting them into garment bags and onto racks to be sent either to the show, or back home with those who didn’t make the cut.

photo 3-1Rochelle helps to put garments into clear bags while Anthony hangs his FABULOUS pants!

photo 4-2And that was it – in a matter of 30 minutes everything was packed away and the room was cleared.  In all the hustle and bustle I managed to get very few pictures for you – something that I truly regret – there was so much going on it was quite a sight!

Besides being a fashion design major, I’m a Presidential Scholar.  Today was our last meeting of the semester – and for me and my fellow seniors, it was the last meeting ever.  Although these people are not all fashion design majors – I felt it important to include because it is such a milestone in my school career.  (Plus this was one epic group “Selfie”) Everything is starting to feel SO REAL.  IT’S crazy.

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Tomorrow will be the model fittings and styling for the Fashion Show.  I can’t believe that it’s only one week away!  I feel so blessed to have had so many amazing experiences and learned so much throughout my career at FIT.  And now, there are so many opportunities down the road that I definitely wouldn’t have without FIT.

SO – I know that I haven’t posted many pictures of final garments on here…Keeping them a surprise until the fashion show.  BUT, I have a question for you….Do you believe me yet?  Isn’t knitting actually really really cool?  If you’re answer isn’t yes – wait until next week and you will be proven so wrong.

Until next time,

xoxo Morgan

Judgement Day…Part 1

Today our collections were due for “Pre-Judging”  This basically means that as long as we finished our garments and they were Fashion Show worthy, they get to move forward to the actual judging day, which is the 22nd.  Every person gets to show one look on judging day except for three lucky ones who get to show both of their looks.  (No I was not one of those lucky people, but I’m confident that I’ve got strong a strong design to submit so my fingers are crossed for the final selection!

Since my goal has been to prove to you that knitting is cool, I’ve taken a few pictures of what my classmates and I have done – and I can GUARANTEE that you may just get the urge to go out and buy yourself some yarn and needles and jump on the bandwagon.

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Me with my three looks (You may recongize the center dress from the “selfie” in my last post.  It went under a drastic transformation for the better – it looked like a grandma dress before!) And yes, I did plan my outfit to coordinate my collection, and yes I did make that sparkly sweater a few semesters ago!

photo 5Sakshi was so excited about her collection that she decided to try on one of her dresses! She is standing beside one of our amazing Stoll technicians Nick who worked really hard to help us all make our dreams realities!

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Mine and Sakshi’s collections side by side!

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Getting our garments set up and ready for the viewing!

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our class had an AMAZING assortment of designs that were all extremely unique in design and technique but equally strong and forward!

And now, I would like to announce to you our class’s critic’s choice award winner.  The critics choice goes to someone who is extremely innovative and creative in their design and really is pushing fashion forward.  If anyone deserves this award, it’s Sarah. She literally put blood sweat and tears into this collection and was in the lab every waking hour that it was open.  Her technique was so amazingly innovative – she actually ended up knitting fabric then bonding it between sheer fabric, then appliquéd more yarn on top by hand  to create a whole new level of knitwear.  She went through grueling searches to find the perfect yarns and was constantly experimenting to perfect her techniques.  The under sweater on the right was hand knit – and she literally learned to hand knit last week!  Another thing about her collection is that especially outstanding is the fact that having a neon color scheme could have been a bit dangerous.  There is a very fine line between fabulous and not when it comes to neon…but she hit every point perfectly and created something truly amazing.  If I was the critic I would pick her too! Congrats girl! You rock!

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Now I also want to point out to you that although our thesis collections were priority on our lists, we still have to take liberal arts classes at FIT.  My Art History midterm was last week and by chance of miracle I got a 98…so I guess that makes me and my professor best friends?     photo 1

So now we just have to get through the rest of this week and then FINALLY….SPRING BREAK!!!!!!

Tomorrow, I will not only be celebrating the completion of my thesis, but I will also celebrate my cat’s first birthday!

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xoxo Morgan

 

The end is near…

A simple email from our professor really made it sink in that the due date is quickly approaching us.  She reminded us to make sure that we bring all of our garments to class on Wednesday, so that we can check our progress and determine whether or not it is physically possible to finish on time! We have about a week  left!

For some, this may be a difficult task…Yes we are all guilty of procrastinating (especially with the weather FINALLY starting to warm up)  We will be knitting until the wee hours of the morning, yet loving every second of it.  We will be knitting on the subway ride to school, the subway ride from school, and knitting during our lunch breaks at our internships…maybe?

Yes, unlike 99% of New Yorkers I spent my friday evening in, but what was I doing?  Knitting with one of my close friends and chatting over a glass of “grape juice”  ;-).   (Of course my cat was there to keep us company). See…I told you knitting was cool.  And FUN. Somehow I’m not convinced everyone believes me yet.

After all of our knitting is complete we have to put the pieces together.  This can be done by a few different methods, one being by hand (which takes FOREVER) and the other is by using the linker – a spikey little plate of doom.  (See Below)  It’s actually not THAT scary – its just stressful because for certain parts of the garment you have to make sure that every single little stitch has its own needle/spike/thing.  SO, we meticulously hang each and every little loop onto the machine in order to join are garments together.  Then you turn a crank and it makes the wheel spin.  Your yarn is threaded through the machine and when the wheel cranks, it pushes a needle through the loops, making a chain stitch that will hold the garment together.

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(Garment In Pieces Above, Linking it together below)

photo 3In the case of my personal collection, I’m using woven accents which had to be sewn together with a sewing machine.  Although I’ve basically been sewing since I first saw daylight, studying knitwear has made my sewing skills quite rusty.  In theory I knew how to sew my pieces together (I’m a sewing tutor at school so it’s actually my job to know!) But, when it came to actually sewing them together…it was much more difficult to sew a straight line than I remembered!

After some struggles, it all came together and of course I had to try it on and take a “Selfie”. (Which I clearly never do. Because let’s face it…this picture is awful)photo 4

 

So, wish us luck until next week!  I will have lots of sneak peeks for you! Meow. photo 1

x0x0 Morgan

Time for a break.

No, my collection is not done. And unfortunately unlike nearly every other college on the planet, we are not on spring break right now.  My break came in the form of a cold brought upon from the extreme weather fluctuations…but a little rest and relaxation was just what I needed to keep pushing forward!

April 9th – the day of doom.  Or should I say the due date of our senior collections!  I can literally hear the clock ticking each second.  It ticks louder when I’m not knitting…screaming at me for wasting time, the nerves are so high in the knitting lab as everyone begins to knit their final garments. LOL.  Surprisingly I’m actually not that stressed about this whole thing.  I love to knit and consider myself a very strong knitter, so really this is just fun for me – getting to create my dream garments.

I can happily say, that I’ve completed two out of the three garments for look #1 and am well on my way with the second look  – just waiting on some more (Yes I need even MORE)  yarn in order to complete my looks.  But in the mean time….I’ll start working on an extra piece.  Who knows? Maybe my professor and critic will get a pleasant surprise when the collection is due! Here is a sneak peek!

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But for now, I’m going to spend some time with my furry friend, and let myself breathe one more evening before getting back to the craziness tomorrow at school.

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Fitting, Knitting, and waiting…

…waiting anxiously for yet another order of yarn to arrive so that I can continue, (and for some of my classmates start) knitting our final garments.

It has been a crazy week for us knitwear students.  On wednesday we had our first model fitting which, for some went really well, and others a fiasco ( unfortunately one of our models was not quite “runway size”  so the fittings weren’t as accurate as they could have been).  Luckily, my fitting went very smoothly and I got off to a running start with my final garments!

I’m using three different methods of knitting for my collection – my hand knitting and stoll knitting are all complete – its just a matter of getting the yarn for my Brother machine (hand flat machine) and then assembling the garments. (I would show you pictures but it’s a secret until they are complete!)  Who knows – maybe I will have time to go above and beyond our required two looks!

After fitting on the models, we had a lot of alterations and adjustments to do to the patterns we made before we can knit in final yarns.  But we also had some fun trying our prototypes on for ourselves!

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And in case you haven’t noticed yet, I will end every blog post with my cat Greyson… watching diligently as I knit away!

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xoxo Morgan