Being mindful of my tendency to rub even the most patient of folks the wrong way, I do manage to have one friend in the apparel education establishment. That’s Trish Winstead. She’s a peach. She runs the Fashion Technology department at El Paso Community College, her program has won lots of awards. I’m on her advisory committee. We had our semi-annual meeting last week, that’s always a lot of fun, catching up with the progress of former students (several also on the committee now). Some of them hang out here. Speaking of, Trish says she can’t get the students to read the blog, she had print outs of articles all over the place. We don’t know why that is. Several on the committee voiced a similar frustration, that too many students are staking everything on the glamor of a potentially limited fashion design career, eschewing the other richly rewarding career paths the industry offers. We want to take students on plant tours onto sewing floors and laundry facilities but most of them don’t seem to be interested. Sad, that. Regardless of their interest, I plan on getting plant tours myself, camera in hand and I’ll be sure to share that with you.
The college also has a hospitality program, training chefs so they feed us well (they even made a special vegetarian meal for me). They teased me incessantly for taking pictures of the food (the presentation was quite lovely) but I won’t bore you with those. I did take a few pictures at the school. Below is a student who was sewing a hood for a refashioning fundraiser, for the homeless I think it was. I helped her bag it while I was waiting for Trish. I don’t remember her name but I’m sure Trish will stop in soon enough and correct my oversight.
One of the things they do at the college is hall displays. It’s quite nice. Here’s a photo of one gown (forgot this student’s name too).
If you look a bit closer, you can see what makes this dress unusual. It’s draped entirely with home sewing patterns. A jest. I thought it was pretty clever, you couldn’t use home patterns in manufacturing any other way.
I also took a picture of this sign on how to issue style numbers so you can see it’s not just me who thinks some thought should go into it. Maybe this will be useful to you in designing a system although several things do not apply. In industry, it varies quite a bit. Whatever you do, do not name your styles, there is little else you could do with regard to deliberately inflicted self-injury coupled with unnecessary roughness than that. I think I’ve said that enough so everyone should know better by now. If you’re new to these parts, balance this new found tidbit with the realization that everyone else has sighed, rolled their eyes and moved on. They know I’m a nut-job with style numbers being just one of my perseverations.
Anyway, I’m done with this post, the purpose of which was to introduce my friend Trish in readiness for the next entry I’m posting. I feel kind of dumb posting light stuff like this but everybody seems to like them okay. Miracle calls them “commercials”, a break and a place to rest mentally in the midst of the usual heavy topic posting.