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Friday, December 4, 2015

You Never Know Who You’re Going to Run Into

I hope the past couple of weeks have been going well for everyone. In the past couple of weeks I’ve completed my patterns for my collection and have done all of my fittings. Everything has gone well and I’m excited to begin the final stages of creating my collection. The next steps will be to begin collecting all my final fabrics, creating all my embroideries, dye my fabrics, amongst many other things. Information for the show is in the works, and our website will be going up soon, so be sure to be on the lookout for that!

Joe Vecchiarelli
Yesterday I volunteered to represent the College of Design booth at the Sewing and Quilt Expo at the Double Tree in Bloomington. Quilting isn’t a thing that I’m personally interested in, but it was fun to talk to people that have the same knowledge of sewing and crafting that you do. I got to learn many new things from the people that stopped to talk. I even got to meet some alums from when the College of Design was the College of Home Economics. It’s so nice to see how happy they were at the developments the program has made.


Joe fitting a woman for a custom mannequin
One of the biggest highlights of the event was meeting Joe Vecchiarelli. He is the president of Fashion Supplies Inc. and he was manning their booth. I got to talk to him and learned that he is a fit specialist and works with the shows Dancing with the Stars and Fashion Star. He learned his patternmaking and fit skills through mentorships, which one major one was with Helen Joseph Armstrong, who is the author of the textbook that we use for patternmaking. It was amazing to hear that he learned it straight from the source. You never know who might meet whenever you go to these kinds of events. Even though this sewing and quilt expo may not have been originally something I thought I would have been interested in, I’m glad I went, or else I would not have been able to meet him.


Those are the updates that I have for now. Continue to follow my blog at at http://design.umn.edu/studentblog to keep up to date on all that is about to happen this semester. Also, follow our Instagram to see some more pics http://instagram.com/umndesign.


Lee
Apparel Design