It’s been awhile! I have been working on a capsule collection the past few months, and the look book is finally ready! If you’re interested, you can view it here.
It took a lot of patience, because I wanted to make all of the first patterns and samples myself. The only pattern and sample that I did not make is the jacket.
Although it took several months to create each piece, it was worth it. I’ve had over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry and it was still very challenging to learn every bit of the process. Designing a collection doesn’t just take design knowledge, I had to understand the business and numbers along the way. Although I’ve gained experience in design and production while working, I only really learned when I created this collection. I had this A-HA moment once the collection was finished, and I worked up the margins. I realized then why start up costs are high, and why minimums had to be met to keep costs low. I had to limit the number of pieces to sell and increase wholesale cost in order to not lose money. Cost of goods are too high, so my margins are actually too low. What I knew in the end of it all is that I became super skilled with making and creating, which I do not regret. Craftsmanship is important to me, and I think it will be useful for me no matter what.
My recommendation to myself going forward is to start very small, and to concentrate on a few items. For this collection, I incorporated both clothing of different silhouettes, and jewelry. I grew obsessed with 3D printing, so all of my jewelry are just that – 3D printed from brass or steel (one accessory is nylon). I love the thought of 3D printing, so I am continuing with this.
I don’t believe in giving up a passion, so in the meantime, I’m still passing out my look book, sending them to stores and people in the fashion industry. You just never know until you try. Plus I worked so hard on this, and am humbled and blessed by the group of people who came together to help me put this look book together. They deserve the credit, so I will spread the word.
I can also use this as a portfolio, which I intend to do. It is perfect for interviews and meetings. I can also write about some of the pieces that I made here in my Patterned After blog! So all was gained and I look forward to many more adventures with Dream of Songs.
Until next time.