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Maker Monday: College Fashionista Katie Hitchens

Posted by Kelsey Underwood on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

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Name: Katie Hitchens

Age: 21

School: University of Delaware (UD)  

Studio: The Handwork Studio

Bio: Katie Hitchens, a rising fashion merchandising senior at the University of Delaware, became a fashionista at a young age. A Disney princess at heart, Hitchens frequently insisted on dressing her best, which often meant wearing a Cinderella gown. 

 

 

Designer Fashionista   

Katie’s love for fashion transformed into curiosity and desire to learn about apparel design and construction. As a high school student, she completed courses in textiles and clothing learning machine sewing, hand sewing and apparel design. During her high school career, Katie actively participated in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a family and consumer sciences student organization. Passionate about apparel construction, she competed in the Fashion Construction STAR Event at the 2013 Delaware State FCCLA Leadership Conference.

Among her creations, Katie is most proud of the draped gown she entered. Draping consists of creating a sewing pattern from scratch by arranging and pinning fabric pieces onto a dressform. Katie said initially mastering the draping technique was a “nightmare.” On a deadline for competition entry, she was determined to turn her design into a reality.

“I kept pushing myself until I finished,” Katie said. “Draping was the first time I felt like a true designer.”

Although she faced challenges, Katie persevered and her hard work earned her a silver medal at the competition.

College Fashionista

As a college student, Katie discovered her passion for the business side of the fashion. Katie aspires to work as a product developer in the fashion industry--blending her love for apparel design and business together. This summer, with her roots in fashion construction and passion for styling, Katie will pass her fashion construction skills onto the next generation of students at The Handwork Studio as a lead counselor and blog for the College Fashionista as a Style Guru.

Inspired Fashionista    

As a Style Guru, Katie’s recent fashion inspiration has come from her fellow members of the Guru Gang. Although spread across the world, social media has linked the fashionistas allowing them to share their ideas with one another.

“Everyone has unique and interesting ideas,” Katie said.

Among social media platforms, Katie’s favorite is Pinterest.

“I’m practically on that app on a daily basis,” Katie said with exclamation.

She looks forward to what the summer holds.

To Future Fashionistas

In regards to advice for future fashionistas, Katie said, “It sounds cheesy, but follow your dreams no matter how big. I never imagined that I would end up interning for College Fashionista as a Style Guru. Even if you don’t think you have a shot, take it anyway. You never know what great places it might take you.”


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Saturday Studio: Lizzy Gee

Posted by Kelsey Underwood on Sat, Jun 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM


“In three words, the summation of my studio space can only be described as ‘my colorful world,’ but if you asked any of my friends, they'd probably simplify it to only two words, ‘very Lizzy.’”

-Lizzy Gee, Senior Design Student at Pratt


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Maker Monday: NYC City Fashion Designer Lizzy Gee

Posted by Kelsey Underwood on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

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Name: Lizzy Gee

Age: 21

School: Pratt Institute

Studio Location: Brooklyn, NY

Website: http://www.lizzygee.com/

Bio: Lizzy Gee, a rising senior fashion design student at Pratt Institute, has been creating as long as she can remember. She discovered fashion design at The Handwork Studio at the age of eight.

 

 

Fashion Design

Lizzy describes fashion in two words: “wearable art.”

“I discovered fashion design was my favorite form of creating since it combines function and art,” she said.

A comprehensive process, fashion design involves numerous skills to transform sketches into fashion pieces that speak the creator’s vision.

“There's illustration, digital illustration, technical drawing, print design, machine sewing, hand sewing, and so on,” Lizzy said. “Some designers are better at certain stages of the process, compared to others, which helps to differentiate their aesthetic (from other designers).” 

Design Inspiration

Personal experiences and interests inspire Lizzy’s fashion design concepts.

“Anything can possibly inspire me, but overall beauty, love, and humor are the main elements where I find inspiration,” Lizzy said.  

Unique mixes of these elements generate Lizzy’s brilliant ideas--typically involving a story--that she then tells through her designs.

Top DesignLizzy Gee Romper

Lizzy takes most pride in her Rainbow Ruination Romper. 

“It combines much of what I try to achieve through concept and function,” she said. “I designed all textiles as well as the silhouette to show the colorful pollution that is hurting our environment by creating textile patterns with my photography and a silhouette that references hazmat suits used for environmental cleanup.”    

In addition to telling an environmental message, the entirely organic romper provides functional sustainability through the bodice’s ability to transform into various styles. 

Design Challenges   

Lizzy Gee DesignLizzy believes challenges are part of the fashion designer job description.

“Part of the fun with design is to challenge my craft in order to improve,” she said. “I love designing for people in all walks of life, so, in order to see how my ideas transcend different body types and occasions, I must research and plan my design in order to avoid issues once gone on to construct.”     

One of Lizzy’s most recent capsule collections consisted of menswear pieces, new territory for the designer who typically constructs unixsex or womenswear.  

“Even though I was much more anxious to combine my style with menswear, after researching to solidify my line up and creating samples of the garments to fit on the model, the collection came together,” Lizzy said. “I felt even more satisfied with the final product by having overcome the obstacles.”

Everyday Design

Living in an exciting place like Brooklyn, Lizzy has inspiration and ideas constantly around her. She captures all her findings with her camera and files them at her studio.

“I am lucky to have found a profession I love to do even in my free time,”she said. “ I can have a drink with a mini-umbrella, put on a playlist, and sketch new designs anywhere I go."

Design Advice

Lizzy Gee 3.jpegWhen it comes to advice for future fashion designers, Lizzy said, “Try not to listen to others expectations or judgments until you have listened to your own. If what you dream is less practical, you can make it practical by showing the world it can be done. Take every opportunity that has the potential to help you achieve your dream. It may not happen overnight, but determination is what builds your dreams. And most importantly, have a ton of fun!”


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Saturday Studio: Kelsey Underwood

Posted by Kelsey Underwood on Sat, Jun 17, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

“This is one of the amazing studio spaces at my school, Virginia Commonwealth University. My workspace is typically filled with music in my headphones, vibrant inspiration boards at my side, and a measuring tape around my shoulders.”    

-Kelsey Underwood


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Have you met Kelsey yet? Read her Maker Monday Blog Here.


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Maker Monday: Eco Fashionista Kelsey Underwood

Posted by Kelsey Underwood on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

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Name: Kelsey Underwood

Age: 21

School: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Studio: The Handwork Studio

Bio: My name is Kelsey Underwood and I am a second year counselor at The Handwork Studio. I am also a fashion merchandising senior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Passionate about eco fashion, I recycle old fabric and clothing by transforming them into new pieces.

 

Scrappy Kid

As a child, I learned how to sew before I learned how to write my name. Since both of my parents worked, my grandparents looked after me during weekdays. My grandma often sewed and mended on her sewing machine. Sitting on the floor right at her feet, I would collect and quilted pieces of her scrap fabric together. My grandma taught me the beauty behind each fabric; telling me stories of when and where she purchased each one.

Fast forward 18 years, I am a two-time top gold Delaware State Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Recycle and Redesign STAR Event winner, 2013 gold National FCCLA Recycle and Redesign STAR Event winner and 2014 silver National FCCLA Recycle and Redesign STAR Event winner.

Thrifty Inspiration

When planning my designs, I visit thrift stores to search for standout fabrics. When creating eco fashions, I find designing with an open mind is the best approach. Searching for reusable garments in thrift stores with very specific design expectations can cause frustration. The stories of vintage textiles inspire my creations.

A Vision in Curtains

While on a trip at the local thrift store, I spotted pink and silver floral curtains that had a purpose of becoming a chic, European cocktail dress. I am most proud of my curtain cocktail dress not only because it is award-winning, but also because I overcame several obstacles while working through the construction process. 

Working with old fabrics definitely has its challenges. For this particular project, my first challenge occurred while still in the thrift store. The beautiful, pink curtain did not have enough yardage to construct the entire dress. After searching through numerous racks, I found a beautiful white curtain. During the construction process, while stitch ripping a seam, I soon learned that my sewing machine needle left permanent holes in the fabric. Thankfully, I could strategically sewed the new seam on top of the fine holes. This project definitely taught me patience, precision and perseverance.

Teaching Green

As a busy college senior who studies long hours and serves as Collegiate DECA at VCU president, I struggle finding time to sew during the school year. However, my summers working  as a counselor at The Handwork Studio are full of fun, sewing and eco fashion! I always encourage my students to recycle by transforming their scrap fabric into hair accessories, belts, scarves and more. I am so excited to work with such talented and inspiring students again!

To Future Eco Fashionistas

I advise kids who are passionate about both art and eco fashion to set goals, write them down, share them and take action. Your art and contributions, big or small, matter and make a huge impact on the world! Creating eco fashion projects is so rewarding and fulfilling. You not only reduce waste in landfills, but also create a unique, new look!


Be sure to check back every week to meet another amazing maker!

Want your children to learn and be inspired by Kelsey this summer, you can find her at our Avalon, NJ Camp, West Chester, PA and our Newark, DE Camp. For project ideas join our You Tube Channel or visit our Store.
 
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