Today we have another victim volunteer for our Refine My Line series, Claudine Celebuski. Yay for Claudine!
Claudine doesn’t have a line per se (although she sells a few pieces on Etsy) but as a forum member, she’s entitled to the same benefits and privileges as everyone else. There is no “level” you have to be at to qualify. The only requirement is to have an item that could use some tweaking and are willing to share the journey with others. You can be anonymous if you prefer. Claudine has two items I’m interested in but I will have to put them in separate entries.
Again I’d like to reiterate the parameters and criteria to use when participating in a product review:
Style critiques (color, line, styling etc) are strictly forbidden. I started this series because most “reviews” on other sites amount to back patting sessions that do little to improve skills and execution. So, if we intend to improve skills and execution that is the only thing we should discuss. On the job, volunteering style critiques can get you fired. Designers have a hard enough job without everyone second guessing what they should do.
Material: is the material selected appropriate for the project?
Fit: is difficult to assess because most products are not shown on the body for which they were intended. Do your best (a light hand please).
Pattern engineering: Related to elements of the pattern’s design that create conflict with optimal construction and execution. An example could be separate armhole and neckline facings for a sleeveless top.
Construction: Are the sewing methods appropriate to the material, product class and price points of the item?
Finishing: Are the buttons, hems, pressing etc congruent with the product’s value?
Again, the way this works is that I post a photo of the product. Then you have the chance to critique it. In the follow up entry, I post my comments along with a summary of your suggestions. To ensure I’m not cribbing from visitors, I post my review in the forum before any comments have been posted. You can see mine at the private discussion of Claudine’s blouse. Also, I don’t get any information from our victim volunteer ahead of time because I like to prove that it is very possible to deconstruct a product from photographs. It is then up to the person to confirm or deny anything I’ve said. It is no fun (for me) to cheat by asking the participant anything about the product. It is more fun to dissect what the photo tells me. While this ability may not be common, I’m not the only one who can forensically analyze pattern and construction details from a photograph.
The only public comment I have on this style right now is that this style is an ambitious project and it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary if it required a few iterations to perfect it. That’s what we’re going to do now.
Lengthy preamble dispensed with, today’s style is Claudine’s cranberry silk blouse. Follow the link for larger images but should the item be sold and you’re reading this after the fact, I’ve cached a back up file. The blouse is made of a lovely stretch silk charmeuse. The price is $140 USD.
Okay, the floor is all yours. What is your analysis and or suggestions and techniques you would use to improve this style? Thanks everybody.