Friday, November 25, 2011
The Great Design Project: part 1
This is a sketch of my baby. It's a crocheted skirt. I got the idea when I was working on a swatch for a baby blanket. I wasn't in love with the colors that I had available to me, so I went to the shop and found a pretty heathered-brown. When I started doing my 3rd swatch, I thought "this would make a fantastic skirt!", and I ended up shaping my swatch like a mini-skirt. It was so cute!
So, now that I have a few swatches, and a sketch, and a range of sizes with a general idea of how I plan to approach this baby...what's next? Well, this is where I start working on a prototype, and taking some good notes. The prototype is simply that; a prototype. The finished garment can very quite a bit, or not at all from the original concept, because sometimes designers run into issues that work fine in a one-off situation but will never work out when it needs to be duplicated in multiple sizes. I've experienced this before, and probably will again. That being said, I'm off to go crochet a few more swatches and get some ideas of row gauge to go with my stitch gauge, and then I'll come back with more photos and an idea of what worked, what didn't, and where I'm headed next.