Category Archives: process

What exactly is a sample room?

Cut And Sewn as many may already know is a traditional sample room based off the classic studio ateliers found in many fashion house brands such as Chanel in Paris, Versace in Milan, and Marc Jacobs in NYC. A Sample Room  is one of the most important stages in the process of fashion manufacturing. In this pivotal moment, design ideas are taken from drawings and turned into the tangible garment. The production room gathers information gathered by the designer, fabric specialist, pattern maker, and manufacturer by which a sample can be made with fullness of accuracy, specification and confirmation.

With our workroom we try to fulfill a variety of important procedures and necessary steps to give way to full on small batch manufacturing. The most significant outcome is to construct a proper sample. With this sample we must understand our client’s requirements for the garment as well as fulfill those requirements as best we can. Once we know that garment is on goal to the client’s desire we utilize the skill operation needed to combine techniques that succeed in the overall performance of an order.

When the plan of action is set we contact the buyer about their bulk production and review production and manufacturing with our sewing team. Cut And Sewn double checks measurement and fabric requirements so as to make perfection in the consumption of purchased fabric. Finally, after constructing a first sample we perfect the pattern and markings which in the end translates across the entire production of future products.  Thus the sample room is the catalyst for ideas into pre-production work before full scale manufacturing.sampleroom

Scott Tracy x Hello Kitty

This week I got a request for the most unusual sewing job I’ve ever had. Based on a tattoo his girlfriend has, a client needed a Scott Tracy outfit made for a Hello Kitty doll. Scott Tracy is a fictional character from the TV series Thunderbirds, which I had never heard of but was happy to take on the job. I’ve never made an outfit for a Hello Kitty doll; while I always enjoyed making clothes for my Barbies when I was younger, apparel for dolls is not exactly my forte. Hello Kitty’s proportions are fairly strange, which posed some interesting problems to be solved. It’s safe to say that this is one of the most unique jobs I’ve ever done, and I enjoyed the change in pace.

Scott Tracy

Scott Tracy

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Scarf Prints

I’ve been very interested in designing prints this year. I’ve been thinking so much about my concepts and inspirations that it just seemed like a natural progression to develop prints based on what I’m collecting and looking at.

I started collecting porcelain animals for no reason other than that I just loved looking at them. I also started to collect doodles from my daughter and her friends to go along with my “About A Girl” collection which is all about revisiting the things I missed out on as a teen. I put the 2 together to come up with scarf designs.

These are the first 2 that I ordered to test the colors and the quality of the images. I’m trying not to be too perfectionist about it and let it be more organic and fun.  I think this is a good start…

These were printed at Spoonflower onto cotton voile and measure about 22″ square.

cat scarf whole cowboys whole

A new banner and some Holiday fun

I made this little collage right before the Holidays and used it as the image for some postcards and tags for the holiday craft show I did. I also added part of it to my Etsy store as a new banner.

post card 2013

 

 

This is my little set up at the craft show.
craft table 2013

 

 

My daughter and I love The Walking Dead and one of our favorites Quotes from Rick is “…I’m doin’ stuff Lori, (long pause) and things”.  So with that in mind, I made some jars to hold your precious “stuff and things”.

stuff and things 2013

 

And these are the Lost Souls rescued from obscurity and ready to be taken home.

lost souls 2013

I love making little things for a craft show every once in a while, it gives me a chance to just play and have fun.

 

 

 

 

I love being in my studio.

My wall of Patterns and my doll necklace. Starting to run out of room here again.

wall of patterns

I wear my headless doll necklace when I need to be reminded to stay focused, stay true to me.

doll necklace on

A stack of fall hats waiting to be run through the serger. Shades of fall, white, blue, gray and brown.

stack of hats

A stack of done hats ready for labels, photos and posting to Etsy. This part takes longer than making them!

stack of done hats

what did you do today?

I found some new fabrics to turn into neckerchiefs and collars.

After the neckerchiefs are cut out they need to be tea stained by soaking in coffee.

Three new collars are cut out and ready to be sewn.  I like to make several at once.

The main sewing is done, collar is attached to stand and the opening at the bottom edge needs to be closed.

Time to pick out a vintage button and sew the button hole.

Lots of pretty finished collars.

What’s on the work table today?

Right now I’m making collage rings that can double as pin cushions.  I’ve been eyeing ring type pincushions for awhile and found some nice ones, but decided that I wanted one that could also be worn as jewelry. It’s a sweet little (or not so little) way to show my love of yarn, old buttons and bits of vintage fabric.  I am planning to do a tutorial of this ring soon but for now here are some process shots of a productive day.

Some crocheted tops all lined up and ready for their buttons.

With bits of vintage fabric and buttons ready to be sewn on.

The final step is sewing on the back.

Getting ready for the next project: tassels….

P.S. I took these photos in the middle of a power outage during a thunder storm, they turned out pretty good considering….