Last night was my very first fashion design class. I’ll come right out and say that it was fantastic… but I didn’t think it was going to be.
On Monday night, I made a “dry run” to campus so that I could find my parking lot, get my student ID and also see exactly where my classroom was going to be, juuuuuust in case I got stuck in traffic and had to sprint to make it to class in time. So surprisingly I made good time, the parking lot was easy to find and it legitimately took me 10 minutes to get my ID, start to finish. It was all rainbows and sausages until I went to find my classroom. The Monday evening class was slated to start and I was horrified with what I saw. The classroom was full to the brim with at least 30-35 people, all of them chattering, giggling and … YOUNG. I left campus defeated and called the man, complaining that I wasn’t going to fit into to my class (even though mine was the Tuesday session). I was going to be the oldest one there, there were going to be so many people that I wouldn’t get individual attention, what would 18 year olds think of me being there? Needless to say, I was pretty bummin’. But the man reminded me that this was something that I wanted to do, that we already paid for it haha and that Monday’s class may not be Tuesday’s class.
Of course, my man is full of wisdom. I attended Tuesday’s class with trepidation but left with excitement. My class has 18 people in it. That is quite a few but when I had 40 in my head, 18 is a relief. I am not the oldest person in my class by 30 years. Yep, there are multiple Moms following their dreams and even a Grandma. There were a handful of young women just like me… working in the corporate world where their creativity is stifled, yet “it pays the bills”. Overall, I am super excited about the diverse group of women (and one strange little man) who are in my Intro to Creative Fashion Design class.
Highlights from my syllabus that make me squeal with delight?
- 20% of my grade is a Project Runway-esque, unconventional item garment aka Non-Textile. HELLO, now I don’t need an excuse to do it! (ideas on Non-Textile items welcomed because my instructor has “seen it all”)
- Another 20% of my grade is beading and hand sewing samples. Ummm, really? Amazeballs.
- I am going to learn to drape and make patterns. You are talking to a flat pattern kind of girl, so this is awesome!
- My final project is a garment inspired by a certain fabric, any fabric and you all know I LOVE TO BUY FABRIC.
Needless to say, I am excited about the opportunity. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty so to speak, dig in and get working. This is only my first class but I can already feel the creativity surging to my brain, which I assure you, is an awesome feeling.