Fashion all starts with inspiration, a rough drawing, and several blocks. Before any samples of a design can be sewn or tested for fittings, a block must be drafted by the patternmaker or designer.
You may be thinking, "what is a block?" Well my fellow fashionistas, it's templates of our bodies. Blocks come in all shapes and sizes. The ones made especially for torsos and lower waists are split in half (from your collar bone to your crotch). The blocks for arms are usually created full length in width.
These templates give designers and patternmakers guidelines to follow when drafting garments.
The last couple of weeks, I've been working hard to bring my flat sketches to life. But as stated above... I can't do so until I have my blocks.
I feel that in order for me to become a excellent designer, I must fully understand my clienteles' curves. To connect with that, I've been training my eye to observe the curve lines on our bodies.
Just last week, I was able to finish all of my torso and sleeve blocks for sizes 12-18. So, you know what that means!?!
I GET TO BRING MY SKETCHES INTO OUR CLOSETS!
My first design will be available for purchase on Friday. Every week I plan to unveil a new style.
I hope yall are ready for some vintage-inspired pieces! Thank you again for those of you spreading the word of my upcoming line!
- Mama Jbaz
When the decision was made to go back to school and follow my dreams of becoming a designer, I totally overlooked that I would be dealing with a lot of fractions. It's like the Old MacDonald Song, except I'm singing, "with a 1/2 inch here and a 1/2 inch there." Garment construction is all about precise measurements.
I feel that my first impression of a designer was to sketch amazing art pieces that would be seen in Vogue or similar type of editorials and fashion shows across the world. Next, would be super fabulous clothing and be a tad (nah, super 😨) crazy like Miranda from The Devil Wears Prada.
To be quite honest, I was afraid of the person I was going to be after my education. I thought my new career path was going to lead me to the fun new title called "bitch".
I knew that wasn't my style or how I would run things. I’m a designer for the people as I’m one of them, too. Couture designer… Ms. Jessica Bazan? Hmm… I do love me some pretties and velvet (Chanel = I will do ANYTHING! 😆).
The true job of a fashion designer is to solve problems, which means I will definitely be having more dates and one-on-ones with fractions.
Whether I'm a fashion house or a mass market brand, the end goal is the same: I want to help others by providing quality American-made clothing, well-priced garments, and give fellow Americans job security.
There is a void out there for women that are demanding clothing options that better fit their beautiful bodies. I've devoted myself and design pleasing aesthetics to bring fashions for the curvaceous side in ourselves.
Who said that fashion trends must originate from a particular size?
My fashion icon, Oscar de la Renta, once stated, “Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”
Let's embrace our curves with beautiful clothing! Together, let's challenge what is considered the norm in the fashion realm.
Until next time fashionistas,