Print 2018

When we’re working on a fashion design concept the fabric is so important! Not just the type but also the surface design itself. I began this specific journey a couple years ago exploring color, pattern and now repeats. The next step is to prints by the yard but I also want to have the ability … Continue reading

Art 2018

Art as Therapy, Art as Surface, Art as Product, Art as Merchandise, As as Gifts! ART 2018. It’s the start of November and 2018 is almost at a close.  The “WHAT” a selection of print on  demand merchandise.  I had no idea just how much “art” I’d created. I began by developing the art behind these … Continue reading

2 Learn for Joy Or Money – Part 1

I just marked the first year teaching sewing to complete beginners at a volunteer program at a transitional housing facility for women. I usually work with advanced professional sewers so its a new experience introducing the craft of sewing to newbies.  During the course of our sewing circles it surprised me how strongly many felt … Continue reading

A Quest for Unique Patterns and Prints

I Am a change manager, in the process of change. I Am going through a transition, my preferences in prints and colors even textures has drastically, is drastically, changing I recently started exploring and experimenting with prints that spoke to a Pan African as well as Caribbean aesthetic. Prints, patterns, colors that spoke of my … Continue reading

I Don’t do African Print

I do not use “African” prints.  I am over apologizing for it… I do NOT CONNECT with the fabric.  Too often the pattern is directionally printed on the wrong grain.  The color range disturbs my soul. I find it to bright and garish it does not calm. It’s not my narrative. If you’re serious about a … Continue reading

sewshirleys

We plan to sell videos individually but to jumpstart we are inviting supporters and those who would appreciate to take advantage of our “Charter members offer‘.  We have a special workshop library set up for easy access to video, charter members get access to the full library as added our goal is 50 instructionals.  We … Continue reading

Making to sell

I’m  going to celebrate 30 (thirty) years of designing, sewing and making by “opening” up all my expertise and availing them to others to help them earn a living. They cannot pay for professional services if they are not selling. The most important person in the apparel tech sector is the maker. The producer of those … Continue reading

Adjustable version of the Magic Dress aka Moroccan, Indonesian, Bangladesh or Ethnic

For those looking for directions or a pattern on How to make the – ” Magic Dress”, the video instructional is now ready! This is an “adjustable” version designed for sale as it accommodates various heights.  The magic dress also is known as the Morrocan  magic dress because of the use of Cut on the bias, this is an … Continue reading

opensewing

The challenge of an open business format is figuring out a revenue model to make it not just sustainable but profitable. Essentially I am taking my creative assets and offering it for others to use as a form of income. In so doing It is my hope that moms especially can be home when their … Continue reading

Bootylicious Valentine

Bootylicious 101 is the first of NYukCo’s  “Idea to income” workshops. Focused around better-fitted pants and skirts, these workshops taught “LEAN startup: within the fashion product lifecycle management.  This is about selling a viable product in the shortest time possible. and building that product with direct consumer input. We facilitate the distance learning and mentoring … Continue reading

Reality Check – on Price Setting in The Local Custom Cottage Sector

There is no one answer as to how to set a price. like any other brand/business model it is intricately tied to how one execute and deliver and what the market can sustain.  The pricing structure for artisan, custom or commissioned products differ from those that are mass-produced. Both have development cost – it takes … Continue reading

50Gifts

Today I  celebrate to morrow I kick off  Exponent 50!  What if we can harness tthe power of FB or social media  Birthday  stream! There are very  few times people are all but guranteed to pay attention,  one is birthdays and with my  5oth,  I decided to find a way to make that  attention collateral COUNT … Continue reading

50 To The 50th Power Birthday Fundraiser

I’m celebrating  my  50th  Birthday  and have decided to celebrate for 50 days- hey  life’s worth It! I’ll celebrate 50 to the 5oth  if I  could. The truth is though I want to  use this as an opportunity to  help my community! As I  work with the small businesses I know the struggles. The lack of … Continue reading

Are You On the Right Path

Are you on the right path? It’s a question I find few can answer. So I have come to ask them, WHAT’S your WHY” Understanding your WHY  directs your path. At least it starts shaping  what  you require of your path. Then again the concept of life’s purpose, some may say defines your path. So what’s your … Continue reading

Selling Angelina “Dashiki” Fabrics and Afros – the Politics and Innuendos of Owning our Style

KYEMAH MCENTYRE has launched a fashion capsule collection on Bella Vello, and once you get over the pride of this sisters talent, the joy of her success and opportunity, let’s take a moment to  look deeper into the significance and issues in this “arrangement’ At first, I was simply  glad that there was now an example … Continue reading

MLK2016

You can have a professional web presence that is FREE. knowing the right tools and a bit of elbow grease can get you started! I  want to see each business with a solid online presence that they can build on! Join US Monday January 18th 2016 – 1pm-4pm Stratosphere Studio 227 Utica Avenue Brooklyn NY … Continue reading

FW 2015 -16 Design in Season

Welcome to my digital office center – Some time in the last two years this stopped being simply being a blog, and became a central staging unit for my  digital endeavors. it’s a concept that may not  serve thr #conversationprism  of social media pundits but it serves my needsEnd of year Fall/Winter and Holidays usually means  we’re busy Focused … Continue reading

How to set up and use Paypal Me

Suddenly #Socialcommerce opportunities in the #conversationprism has a shopping cart.  #PaypalmeI was notified  via my tech  feeds that Paypal  had launched  Paypal.me.  It’s a simple link that allows for payment. As always I plunged right in. New tools require new protocols and while others would blog about it’s launch or that it exists .  I’ve learned that the information  value … Continue reading

How do I use Facebooks Sell Something feature

Some Facebook groups now allows the member to  “Sell Something”. I realized many  do not know they exist… I was recently asked to explain  “how to” post items to these Head to your facebook groups and check which allows this feature. Check the group focus and rules respect them, if in doubt ask. Navigate to … Continue reading

Designing Greatness

Last week the question was asked, “How can we shift economically depressed areas such as Baltimore and create strong economies, such as “Black Wall Street”.  I chimed in but  not for long since launching such  a project (NYuKCo) actually takes up quite a bot of my  time.  Many seemed to think that it was the … Continue reading

NYukCo

NYukCO  is a Popup Incubator, virtual space & #fashiontech collective, focused on exploring affordable design, maufacturing & distribution in #socialcommerce NYukCO celebrates The power of the collective, The beauty of individuality, The impact of technology, NYukCO is a space for growth! Under the arm of Brooklyn Fashion Week  I’m leading a charge for local designers to define … Continue reading

Do You Have a Dress That Makes You Want to Shake it

As I saw Patti La Belle move on Dancing with the stars, I asked myself… do I  have a dress for when I need to shake it? What about attire for bedroom eyes only or a few Diva outfits? As a fashion designer I’ve always been clear that I’m in the business of helping women fill their closets … Continue reading

Texture Motif, Pattern Print that Inspire, Motivate And Celebrate – The Fabrics of Your Life!

You’re not uniques if you’re dressed like everyone else. Distinctive fabric, distinctive texture, motif, pattern or print that inspire, motivate and celebrate who you are  is one of the biggest problems faced by independent designers and retailers. The Surface Issues segment shows you how to design and select the exact pattern and print your desire! Technology you soon … Continue reading

Great Fit Start with Correct Measurements!

Most consumers do not know their correct body measurement. Fewer know how to use these in selecting clothing! Ladies what’s your full chest and under chest, what’s your waist, chest hip, your inseam! Measurement , one of the most  important bits of information in selecting  correct  sized clothing, is the bane of the fashion and apparel e-commerce … Continue reading

Digital Sourcing Color Palettes and Tear Sheets

Color coding – bridges the personal, lifestyle,  cultural and professional needs to create a  personal aesthetic and a wardrobe of choices! We explore the elements of design and our color exploration, is one, those presently taking the sessions truly enjoy and discovering their unique color code is something they all really delve into! Digital tear … Continue reading

Mass Produced Garments Designed for Dress Form can do Little for Your Unique 3D Curves

Everybody type is different, you’re not just an  apple or a pear, your front back and side are 3 different  planes! Often times, you have more than  one dominant ‘shape” present, add your height and muscle tone and each individual is truly unique! Why  are you  shocked when mass produced garments designed for dress forms do … Continue reading

Wardrobe Fit Assessment

WARDROBE FIT ASSESSMENT Should I keep this? – Can  your friends really  answer this question for you! Actually sometimes even the local alterations specialist or stylist  will have the training . Then again  very body  is different and so too is their aesthetic, their sense of what is beautiful!  there are some basic questions, Does it  accentuate … Continue reading

Style Canvas

Style Canvas is a set of tools designed to empower  customers to better select  their apparel as well as help  stylist better guide clients!  It’s designed specifically to aid in digital  and social commerce, which while extending the clients options also meant less personal sales process.  This March we’re celebrating Women’s Month, National Crafter’s Month and Prepping  for … Continue reading