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Location: Missouri, United States
Interests: Designing/drawing/sewing: historical gowns/costumes, formalwear, goth clothes. /// Cuddling. Learning. /// Gothic: fashion, literature, music, architecture.
Expertise: Sewing. Drawing.
Occupation: Sales Associate at Spencer's G
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|Finished the semester, all A's. Working four days a week, and trying to find time to hang out with like 20 people, read books someone lent me, zumba for exercise, and sew a few pirate costumes for friends. That's pretty much my summer. Also Renfaire, Pagan Picnic, camping, etc. Same ol' same ol', really. One more year at LU. Want to look into Costume Design grad programs at UMKC and IL State. Went to see Aiden (all for Wil Francis because I'm in love with him from his side band William Control). Aiden is growing on me, as is his second WC album, which I finally ordered. Ordered a t-shirt, too, but I'm still waiting for it to arrive.|
|Two more weeks of classes plus finals. Crazy. Also crazy weather. Most weeks this semester, it's snowed at least once. Been a huge pain the ass. Still going back and forth between cold and hot. Tornadoes and rain.|
SHOULD be getting all A's this semester. Not a whole lot more left. One quiz and a final in Selling. One quiz, final, and my presentation in Advertising. Fitting models, and working two fashion shows for Production. Big projects in Fashion Drawing and CAD 2. Mostly done with the CAD 2 project, though. I have to finish up putting patterns on two croquis' outfits, and I have two more flat sketches. Then glue it all on a board and stuff. For Drawing, I have to do like 10 outfits, 5 mood boards, and 10 flat sketches. -__- Still can't work on it because I have questions for Florence, ugh.
Signed up for classes next semester. Added Studio Art as another minor, and I postponed Consumer Behavior for a semester in order to take an awesome grad level Costume Design course, which I had to put in a policy exemption form for. Hopefully I can fit it all in my schedule in the spring. Not sure if Cannon will let me do another course independent study. I was told Fashion Draping can be finished in class, and Donna, who teaches the Costume class is laid back. Going to try to get Retail Buying book read before the semester starts, so my semester is easier because I have 18 credits. Practicum is presentations on designers, then one month of business making a gown. Costume Design is doing all the stuff I love: period-wear: corsets, chemise, hats, ruffs, panniers, etc. Really excited.
Practicum (couture gown)
Fashion Draping (one gown)
Portfolio Design (12 pages of drawings [more than one outfit on a page], 12 mood boards, 12 pages of flat sketches)
Costume Design (grad level)
Retail Buying (Independent Study. For Retail Merchandising minor)
2-D Design (for Studio Art minor)
I also started my internship a couple weeks ago, and they decided to hire me on today. :) Yay income. I will have savings, can pay for tires, and pay for food, etc during next year. I had to agree to stay through next year though, so I'm going to be REALLY busy next year. 18 credit hours, three sewing classes, a studio art class, which is a lot of homework at LU. If I have to, I'll drop 2-D Design. Wish me luck! The job is improving my hand sewing skills, I suppose. Most of what I'm doing, I could (and do) figure out on my own--taking in straps and sides, beading, reapplying hooks and eyes, etc. I learned some type of bustle, which I would have not learned on my own, and I'll probably learn a bit more. I definitely spend a while doing each thing, but my supervisor is impressed by my work for sure. :) I got hired after eight days of work. Someone else from school is doing an unpaid internship, but I don't think she'll be hired as soon. She's not as good as me, and she's afraid to do a lot of stuff--afraid of messing it up. I was very nervous my first day (on a final fitting of a wedding dress!), and if it hadn't taken so long, I would have redone it, but she was still impressed by it. I think I'm more of a perfectionist than they are. I'm not given perfection due to actually needing to get stuff done (lol), but I try to make it near my standards. I would call it B+ work, and I'm a harsh critic.
I'm thinking about grad school for Costuming. I would like to work for a theater, especially when Shakespeare in the Park is going on. I found two 3 and 4 hours away, in Normal, IL and Kansas City, MO respectively. If I do this, I need to get mostly (if not completely) a full scholarship), so it's very important that I keep my 4.0 GPA. If Studio Art (or being too busy with work or Costuming) ruins it, I'll be pissed because if I had more time, I know I can get an A in everything. Counting on that GPA.
Final Semester will be:
Consumer Behavior (Retail Merch)
[Another Retail Elective] (Retail Merch)
3-D Design (Studio Art
Color Theory (Studio Art)
Senior Collection (only thing for Fashion)
I might add Fashion Show Production or Fashion Accessories, too.
Good and bad shit going on in my personal life. Maybe I'll discuss that another time...
|It's after midnight, I have an 8am class, yet for some reason I decided now was the time to update. Third week of class. We had two snow days last week. Got more snow this week. The campus has been dangerous the entire time. I've fallen about 7 times in the last two weeks, though not all due to ice. My knees are really bruised and hurt. Twice I slipped UNDER my car on ice. My car was frozen with a sheet over ice, enveloping it for a week. I needed a lot of help getting it out of the parking spot Friday, and I may have the same problem tomorrow. Last Friday, I was 20 minutes late to a class because I had to walk. Had a lot of bad luck so far this semester. Mostly sorta small things. |
I had to drop Pricing because he said I should have taken Accounting (though it's not a prereq). I picked up Selling, which I need for the minor; I'll take a different elective. I haven't been doing super in those classes as of now, but for Advertising, the attendance/midterm/final will boost me up to an easy A, even if I get a 70% on all my quizzes and a 50% on the semester project. So I'm good. That last quiz was a 70%. Lowest grade in a long time. Her quiz questions were challenging last time; this time they're plain difficult, and my educated-guessing strategy seems to be waning. I wish her study guides were worded better. Seems like a lot of time, between her notes and the book, I still can't find what she wants. Oh well. I'm doing okay. I hate getting up at 8am for Selling three days a week.
Hating CAD 2. It's all prints, and I hate prints. But mostly I am disliking the program U4ia. It sucks. I hope once I learn it, I hate it less. I wish she was better at teaching it. We've barely done anything in there in 5 classes. Nothing to turn in yet. The first two or three classes, the license wasn't ready or something, so we couldn't even use the software. Shocking, Lindenwood.
Fashion Drawing is okay. Only once a week instead of twice. She acts like she's giving us so much to do, and we're going at such a fast pace because of it. The homework has been very little so far, though we are on a new subject each class period, so practice drawing is necessary on your own time if you actually want to improve. I keep meaning to, but of course, I unnecessarily put trying to finish my Advertising and Selling books first. By Monday night, I should be half done with both books. Aiming for 6 chapters a week, which means three more weeks of reading. If I read before classes started like I wanted to and took better advantage of the snow days, I'd only have one more week of reading left.
I barely see the person I hate, and I'm loving it. I saw her first Senior outfit, and I wasn't impressed by the design, as usual. She designs for old women without trying to. We have 2 classes together, but I can avoid her (three days a week), and we'll only have one class together next semester.
I've decided to call my Mini collection ::rAve:: going with a club-wear theme, using Cruxshadow's Winterborn as it goes down the runway. I want to get the models big boots and glow bracelets to wear on the runway. No sewing classes this semester, which is weird, but I'm keeping myself very busy, at least as long a I have these books to read. I should be focusing more on getting my portfolio together (making new stuff. PRINTS(!)) and outfits on croquis, etc to send out to companies. Hoping for Lori Coulter. Need to get my resume together, too. We're doing one in Selling, so I'm kind of waiting for that, but the final isn't due until March, so I should probably do it sooner. I don't know how long it will take me to get a portfolio together. Once I finish these chapters (might be too late then), I can really focus on resume/portfolio/practice Fashion Drawing. By then, maybe we'll have some CAD homework, too.
I've been monitoring the lab for Work and Learn and "tutoring." I just sit there and do homework and tell people to sign in. I wish I could do it 4 days a week, doing like 30 hours a week, so I don't have to sit in there later in the semester when I don't have reading/notes to do. lol. That will be two nights I can't do anything with friends if I want to.
Guess that's it. I really need sleep. Can't believe it's 12:30. Then again, I WAS staying up until 2am. Trying to sleep earlier now with this lame early class.
|New semester starts in a few days. So not ready for it. I got my books, but I've only read 4 pages of one of them. I tried. Once. Just can't get into it. Gotten into exercising, at least. Just during break again, I'm sure. Been doing an hour a day on the bike (and 30 mins of weight lifting) for about 3 of the 6 weeks of break. I'm 119-120 again. Pigging out in NYC had me at like 125.|
NYC was cool. Met fashion people. Got advice and connections for help later. NYC isn't meant for the disabled. Bathrooms in basements of bars and restaurants. I also have a problem with establishments that don't have bathrooms at all. Very cold. Snowy sludge in clogs and nice clothes (not warm) to look nice. My legs were sore most of the time, even though we didn't walk that much, I think. Mostly we took cabs, which were scary. All drivers in NYC are scary. Road lines mean nothing. Went to the MET, which was HUGE, only saw like half--half is 1 million square feet. Saw American Idiot. Great music, but the story line was only okay. Had expensive fancy dinners, which made me realize, along with city life, I'm not meant for fanciness. I want fried finger food plz. I can rack a bill up to $50 without it being "fancy," thanks. This trip also made me wonder about traveling. I've always wanted to travel, but with traveling, you want to cram a lot into a little amount of time, and after a few hours each day, I'm exhausted (even in STL).
Haven't seen friends a whole lot over break. Had my b-day party and my jewelry party (securing 3 pieces of nearly-free jewelry for me), and I hung out with Kyle and went to Paul's house for dinner a couple times. I was mostly lazy over break. Went out to the mall with someone from school to pick out nice clothes. About $400 total in the last year, and I now have a nice wardrobe. Not sure how much I really need most of it. Not sure I need to dress that nice even for an internship. And the pants are size 10s, and I could probably go with 8s right now as it is, and I'm still trying to lose 10 pounds. Kyle has been giving me CDs to listen to. He's gotten more into music than I have. I stopped searching for new stuff 6 years ago. So he has hundreds for me, especially since I like everything. I went through my music, and I have 33 CDs for him to check out. Everything else he had or didn't like. Must be nice to be pickier about music.
Anyway, I had another class added for this semester, so I might save Fundamentals for this fall. Here's my final list of what I'm taking:
Fashion Show Production
Pricing Strategy and Negotiations
Advertising and Promotional Strategy
Maybe I'll post in a week or so, telling how the classes are. This is basically just 4 classes--no sewing classes either. Drawing, CAD, and 2 Retails. Which might add up just the same, but I'm not really concerned about it. Which is perhaps why I haven't tried to read two chapters a day (or any) since I got my books this week. The two remaining semesters, however, I am a bit worried about. But I'm not really thinking about those until they come. I've been taking one semester at a time, and so far it's worked. :D
|Let me give you my dilemma. I've grouped "what they say"'s together, as the measurements are the same on ME:|
* They say your natural waist is the (1) smallest part, (2) where the crease happens when you bend sideways (on me, 0-1in below my boobs, or 4+in above my belly button). Gives me 29in waist. Both of these are at much different heights on different women's shapes.
* They say it's (3) about 1-2in above your belly button or (4) between your ribcage and hip bones. Makes sense to me, and the nicer figures ARE smallest at this point, even if I'm not. The natural waistline being so high up on your ribcage with #1-2 (size charts say ~24-32in for natural waistline--not easily possible with most ribcages) doesn't seem right. This puts me at like 31-32in, depending on the exact placement of the tape.
* They say (5) tie a string and see where it rolls up to with natural movement. I have not tried this one. I believe it's to find the smallest part, and I know where that is--under my boobs.
* Some even say (6) in line with your belly button. I just flat out don't trust those. That's where I measured in high school, and I'm pretty sure it's off (though again, with belly button heights, it might be correct sometimes). Using this, my waistline has always been way off the charts, giving me horrible proportions.
So with this, I figure, my waistline is anywhere between 29 and 33. Over 31 is an unhealthy waist/hip ratio on me, as my hips are about 39. (There are issues with that measurement, too, but I'm pretty sure the people that say measure at the top of the hip bone are wrong. I go with the fullest, which is the majority of my hip area. If I went with the top of the hips, I should be wearing jeans even my hips can't squeeze into.
Does anyone else have this problem?