Fashion Design

A clever piece from WSJ about a journey of a DK shirt…

This piece in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye this week because it was an interesting read on the journey a design takes from sketch to store.

I have to say that if I drew a sketch like the one here by Donna Karan and handed it to one of the sewers I used to know from my days in manufacturing they would look at me like I was a space alien.  The sketch is nothing more than some squiggles.  There is more detail in the head and face than in the blouse design…which is the impetus for this article!  Go figure huh?

I love how the article has glorified this blouse like it is THE most incredible piece of design to hit the runways and yet the truth is it’s just a blouse with a Cobra like collar that certainly one of DK’s atelier pattern maker/samplemakers worked up several times before it was deemed worthy to show on the runway.

As you continue into the article one thing that us sewers can appreciate is just how many changes are made thereafter to make this garment ready to be sold to the public.  The sleeves get shortened, the neckline gets tidied up and the bustline gets enlarged for actual bosoms.  If you think your own journey of altering a pattern to fit is unique and frustrating, I hope you will find comfort in knowing you share the same journey as the one taken here.  The pattern alteration dance is done countless times by the most prestigious of fashion houses.

The next time you sew a blouse though, just for kicks when you get ready to photograph your creation, how about a sexy pose with glamour lighting or pose with a horse if you can…it will make all the difference.

Here is a link to this article…enjoy!


1 thought on “A clever piece from WSJ about a journey of a DK shirt…”

  1. Great post! I’ve been thinking of studying fashion, but have always shot down the idea because I’m afraid I’m not creative enough. But all designs are inspired by something.


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