Oops…

…I realize that I never kept up with my list of happy things. Last week was an absolute nightmare as I spent 7 hours every night at the warehouse working on my bag that I had to make for my final. It’s sad that I wasn’t able to keep up with my list, and it reflected in my mood throughout the week since I was more stressed than happy on a daily basis.

But now the end it in sight! Only one more week until I am home for winter break! Though these last two weeks have been moving along at a snail’s pace, I’m hoping that the next seven days go by fast. Though it is finals week I am much more calm since the work load is winding down. I’m excited to have a month off in terms of school work, projects, and exams.

So though I can’t promise that I will be able to post something that makes me happy everyday until I go home since I know I will probably get preoccupied with the work I have to do, I hope that I can get a few more posts in before I leave to go home!

🙂

The good, the bad, and the dirty work

Coming in to college, I applied as a fashion design major. I knew I loved to sew and make garments but I was unsure if this was going to be the right career path for me and if I could really see myself doing this the rest of my life. However, as soon as I started fashion here at Syracuse I knew that I was in the right major.Right off the bat I reconnected with my love for sewing and getting to be precise in my work to create beautiful garments.

Quickly I have learned that being a fashion design major has it’s hardships though. Every night during the school week I am at the warehouse sewing for some period. Sometimes it’s only from 7pm to 10pm, but I have even been there from 7pm to 2am in order to finish work for our construction class. While others are quick to complain about the long hours of work and the tedious stitches and samples we need to practice, I love getting to practice different techniques and add them to the different garments we make. This semester I made my first ever pair of jeans which I had so much fun with, while others complained and struggled through the assignment.

I am really glad that I picked fashion design as my major. Even though I get frustrated at times and feel like I am drowning in work (for example I have exactly a week to make a vest and a bag of my own design right now) I am so proud of the end results and wouldn’t trade that feeling for any other major.

🙂

Fashion show pictures

I just realized this morning that though I mentioned that the fashion show I participated in over parents weekend was successful, I never showed any pictures of the dresses that I made! As mentioned before, the theme of the show was world cultures and I chose the country of Greece to design for. Due to my love for Greek mythology I inspired my dresses around the gods, specifically the big three (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades-though he is not part of the 12 olympians). In making the dresses I took into consideration styles of ancient Greek attire as well as color schemes surrounding each of the gods. I’m very proud with how they came out in the end, and even though it was a little crazy being that busy working on the pieces, I miss being able to dive in to those projects that I was doing just for myself and not for a specific class or grade. I hope that come the spring semester we can have another fashion show!

File_002.jpeg Zeus inspired dress

File_000.jpeg Poseidon inspired dress

File_001.jpeg Hades inspired dress

 

Fashion major perks

One of the perks of being a fashion design major is the field trips.

Yesterday I got a chance to visit New York City with the students of the fashion design program at Syracuse University. We got to visit two exhibits, one at the FIT and one uptown at 105th and Madison. Despite the fact that I had to wake up at the ungodly hour of 5am to walk to the bus across campus, I had so much fun getting to explore the city with my friends and have a change of scenery.

Since I live in central New Jersey, I have been to New York many many times before. Getting to go yesterday felt like a little taste of home and a nice break from the busy college life. Only 12 more days until thanksgiving!:)

Parents Weekend Fun

This weekend went so fast.

This past weekend was parent’s weekend up at Syracuse, and so for the first time since August I was able to see all of them (all the people at least) in the same place at the same time! They came up late Friday night and so I got to say hi to everyone before they had to go check in.

Saturday was where all the fun happened. FINALLY, I got to show off the brutally hard work I have been slaving away on for the last month and a half: my three dresses for the fashion show! I had my sister and two of my friends model for me and got to style them, do their hair and makeup and take lots of pictures. After the show we had a late lunch at Varsity’s and then we hung out on campus until we went out to dinner that night.

Sunday was more laid back and I took them to an awesome breakfast spot, Funk’n’Waffles, on campus and we went to the mall in the afternoon. As we said good by I could tell that they were sad to have to let me go all over again, but it’s really not for that long. As of today there are 18 days until my dad drives up on a Friday night to bring me home for Thanksgiving! And then I get to help my mom set up our house and decorate since we are hosting her side of the family this year. I have a feeling that these next two and a half weeks will go by fast. 🙂

 

Busy Bee

I have been so extremely busy lately! Even though this week is coming to an end, I want to reflect on last weekend.

Last weekend, I was graced with a visit from my mom and two grandmas. On Saturday when they came up we went out to dinner and I was able to stay over in the hotel with then (which was nice since I didn’t have to worry about communal bathrooms for once). Then on Sunday I took them touring around campus and we went to the mall Destiny USA to go shopping. I spent all of Sunday with them until 2 am when my mom dropped be off back at my dorm.

I’ve definitely missed having my family around to spend time with, but it was a really nice experience to show them all around and show them what I have been doing so far at Syracuse. I can’t wait until my mom, dad and sister come up for parent’s weekend so I can spend more time with them and show them the three dresses I have made for the fashion show!

14 more days!

Upcoming show

I’m about to start being very busy.

This week I had my first meeting with the Fashion Association of Design Students (FADS) here on campus, and we already have our first big project coming up. The plan is to have a fashion show over parents weekend on the Saturday of October 28th. The overall theme of our show will be world cultures, with each member designing and constructing some pieces that reflect their chosen country and culture.

I, being a HUGE fan and enthusiast of greek mythology, have chosen the country of Greece to design my pieces around. I am excited to get to work on this awesome project! Let’s hope that I can get all the pieces I want to design done in time for the show!

The Penthouse

Although the buses to and from it can be a pain in the butt to catch, the warehouse really is an amazing place. It’s nice that all of us design kids have a separate place that we can call home to our workspaces and studios, but one floor definitely shines a little brighter to me: the seventh floor.

Maybe I’m biased (I probably am) but the penthouse floor, home to fashion design, has quickly become one of my favorite places to work. With it’s spacious layout it’s easy to see the whole floor covered with sewing machines, sergers, and dress forms. However, the best part is probably the view.

It’s no New York City but I have to say, it’s pretty close. Here’s to spending my next four years on floor seven.

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