Hey! I’m Allyce King, your host of DIYStyle, a brand new vodcast! My friend Melissa Watson and I (plus a team of other creative chicks) have a show for people who want to learn to sew and to get some great inspiration for their sewing projects. We’ll keep you up on fashion trends, style and sewing tips, visit cool shops, and tons more. Keep checking our blog for posts from me, Melissa, and other creative people on our team.
Melissa and I just took awesome trip together. As I write this, I am currently on my way back home from spending the weekend in New York City. I flew into NYC on Thursday evening, and met up with Melissa at baggage claim. We were SO stoked; we had just flown in to the greatest city in the USA for 2 1/2 days for a very important meeting. That “important meeting” was at McCall’s Pattern Company down off of Wall Street. We were invited to propose a new pattern line for a younger market……twenty to thirty five year olds who really follow fashion and who are interested in designing their own clothing. Melissa and I spent many hours putting together the trend boards, design boards, sewing samples, buying clothing samples, and organizing what we were going to say in that presentation.
We were lucky enough to stay with a friend of Melissa’s in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, at a really cool loft apartment. Friday morning we got up bright and early (6:15 am to be exact), got ready and hailed a cab to McCall’s. Navigating the streets of New York City early on a Friday morning was really an experience! We got there a little early, set up our boards, and hung our clothing, ready to present. At 9:30 on the dot the McCall’s board room was packed with the President, VP, head of the design room, and many others. Melissa and I had been waiting for this day since mid summer. Trying to contain our nervousness, we pitched them our ideas, our sketches of original designs, garments that we had designed and sewed, and our trend boards. It was SO cool to be able to show them the pilot of DIY Style that had been filmed earlier this year. And……………
The president of McCall’s, and the entire team loved our ideas! They loved it so much that they signed us for a new pattern line under DIY Style and sponsorship to continue filming the DIY Style vodcast series. This was a really neat part: after the two and a half hours in the meeting we had lunch with the design team down at Battery Park. We sat right within view of the Statue of Liberty and Staten Island. What an experience………..we had to pinch ourselves to make sure it wasn’t all a dream!
Once back at the office we sat down with the design team, helping us decide what two patterns would be produced and released in April 2008 for the Summer 2008 season. It finally hit us. We were going to be paid Fashion Designers! Our first assignment was to design and place our sketches on croquis to be done and sent back to them in 13 days. Whew, what a fast turn around, especially with Melissa and I on different sides of the country (I’m in Missouri and Melissa in Oregon)! But we’ll get it done……….we always do.
After our meetings we were given a full tour of McCall’s Pattern Company. We were in awe. They showed us everything from the design studio, to the fabric library, to the patternmaking room, and the sample sewing room. Boy what an impressive place, especially for a new fashion designer. Wish I had all that stuff back at Stephens to use for my design school collections. I still have a swimsuit project due as soon as I get back.
There is still lot’s more to the story, but I’ll hold that for next time. Wait ’til I tell you about the shopping in SoHo!
Kisses XXX, Allyce