Wow, busy month ahead. This week I will mention Nash and I just finished up 2 plays, the Miracle Work and Desire Under the Elms at Raleigh Little Theater. Stage always sounds pretty exciting, but what most people don't realize is theater work is A LOT of alterations because almost ALL of it is custom. Actors and actresses really are the nicest people EVER in terms of being patient while you pin, chalk, and measure everything to get it perfect. It's not fast, but I always feel bespoke clothing has a level of fit that is difficult to duplicate in Ready-to-Wear because of these wonderful people's spirit. If only fit models were so accommodating.
I also spent the week in the garment district learning in an effort to continue to raise my technical skills(still editing photos). The level of craftsmanship is so wonderful there. It really gives you something to aspire to. Every time you think you've seen it all in this business, you learn something new. I also got several wonderful new fabric/trim sources for some custom clothing pieces you will be seeing in a few months hopefully.
One of resolutions from my trip is to spend some more time working with silk and higher-end fabrics. There's an old saying that "Cotton is King" in the South. What a lot of people don't add is that the fabric qualities of silk and wool actually make a person look smaller and 20ish lbs lighter on average when compared to vegetable fabrics (cotton, linen, and most synthetic fabrics made from plant pulp). This is why it's often used on photoshoots/higher-end clothing even though it's fussy to work with. Knit fabrics are easier to care for, but silk makes you look thin. So in a perfect world we all wear knit silk maybe? Well, food for thought. All I can say is it is literally EVERYWHERE in NYC.
Dara and Nash are two happily married craftspeople who love making practical beautiful things.