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A Designer Bag that Matches You

A Designer Bag that Matches You

Friday, April 6, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

A Designer Bag that Matches You

So you’ve made up your mind to step out in your best and be different. Or maybe its time for that long deserved gift. And it has to be a designer bag. The market is huge – designers are a dime a dozen, and if you consider that each designer has a range, your confusion may start right there. So come on now, pick up your bag and your coat, lets go out and I’ll show you how to choose a bag that’s right for you.

1. The first thing to think about is your body type. Some of us are petite while others are full figured. If your are a petite, a small bag suits you best because a big bag will pull so much emphasis onto itself that it will shrink you even further. If you’re full figured, a bigger bag will do best, because it will still get noticed.

2. While still on the subject of matching bag with body, your height will also come into consideration. If you’re slim and tall, choose a rounded bag to compliment your body shape. If you’re the shortish type, choose a bag that’s tall and rectangular, preferably with adjustable straps so that you can adjust according to occasions. If you are have a regular body shape (not too short, not too tall), then the world of bags is yours to choose from, just make sure not to choose one that’s too small or too big.

3. Next, consider your wardrobe. What do you mostly wear? Designer bags tend to be very versatile, but you still need to choose a bag that will go with most of the clothes in your wardrobe. And don’t forget shoes and belts too, they are part of your wardrobe.

4. Consider the occasion for which you need the bag. Is it an everyday bag or just a bag for special occasions? Or maybe it’s an evening clutch bag? An everyday bag needs to be sturdy and hardy – can take in all your carry-arounds and be comfortable and still look chic. An evening clutch may need to be beaded or sequined and maybe a bit showier.

5. Consider your budget. There’s a whole variety of designer bags out there that have a huge price range, but you can always get something good for the amount of money you have if you’ve saved up well (usually starting from $ 1000 is good enough). It may be tempting to buy the first thing you come across, but shop around a little.

6. Lastly, consider your style. Some of us are subtle people and some of us not so subtle. There’s a designer bag for every woman, so go for the one that best defines who you are. If you are a mama who is busy shuttling babies back and forth every day, you would probably look very interesting carrying a little clutch of a bag that has a beautiful flower on it. Get a big enough bag to handle all your business. Same for if you’re a hot 23 year old girl. A big plain tote won’t sell you enough, unless you like understated. There’s bags for everyone, just take your time to choose.

7. Okay, lastly, really lastly, choose a bag with adjustable straps and several compartments in it. You’ll discover how handy these come when your bag weight changes or you’re simply trying to get your bag organized. Best of all, designers constantly have offers on their bags, so looking around on the internet will be of great help.

Semi-Cosplay

Semi-Cosplay

Monday, February 27, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Semi-Cosplay

Semi-cosplay is what I like to call cosplay that can be considered more of a regular dress and activity than full-on cosplay.  It is not a movement, but just a term I will use to describe those of us who like to wear our favorite outlandish attire or pieces of outlandish attire on a regular basis without feeling too out of place or having to go through great lengths to dress up as well as fit in on a regular basis.

Although many of us who are into cosplay or semi-cosplay tend to have been originally heavy metal rockers, punk rockers, or rivet-heads/ cyberpunks that continue to wear their everyday get-up, some of us change our attire from time to time or have different costumes or looks we like to wear.

Heavy metal rockers and punk rockers are two examples of lifestyles of people who tend to dress with semi-cosplay articles on a regular, all-day-every-day basis, such as studs and spikes , shin and wrist guards, make-up, wigs, and designed pieces of attire.

Most of us like to dress up on our days and nights off when we are with our small group of close friends who partake in such activities while either just relaxing or indulging in some sort of gaming or partying.  Whatever the case, we do it to bring out our true selves, which most of us hide and wear our masks of conformity to adjust to our workday program.

Cosplayers obtain their apparel through many different methods.  Manufacturers produce and sell packaged outfits for use in cosplay, with varying levels of quality.  These costumes are often sold online, but also can be purchased from dealers at conventions.  A number of individuals also work on commission, creating custom costumes, props, or wigs designed and fitted to the individual.

Other cosplayers, who prefer to create their own costumes, still provide a market for individual elements, accessories, and various raw materials, such as unstyled wigs or extensions, hair dye, cloth and sewing notions, liquid latex, body paint, costume jewelry, and prop weapons.

With the advancement in robotic technology, robot or android/cyborg additions are becoming increasingly popular.  Semi-cosplayers or cosplayers often create add-ons that serve no useful purpose other than to make the individual’s costume look cool and unique.  That is the whole idea of being yourself and doing your own thing.

Take a look at the above video for a glimpse of creativity by a designer who created robotic spider shoulder wear and let me know what you think!

Auto CAD DXF Three Common Mistakes That People Make When Converting Patterns to DXF-AAMA File Format

Auto CAD DXF Three Common Mistakes That People Make When Converting Patterns to DXF-AAMA File Format

Sunday, January 29, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Auto CAD DXF Three Common Mistakes That People Make When Converting Patterns to DXF-AAMA File Format

Hello my readers, the modern world of fashion design and smart fashion requires the use of computer technology and, of course, the use of a variety of computer applications to work with creating modern apparel in precise designs and dimensions.  The success of a modern fashion label requires the knowledge and use of this technology to stay on top and ahead of the global competition in the fashion world.  In researching the use of nesting programs used in fashion production, I found some interesting information regarding the use of DXF files, which are AutoCAD related files, or Drawing Exchange Format files.  These files are used often in nesting programs, where these files are placed on a layout that is used to cut the specific pieces according to the nested file’s dimensions.  The original design and dimensions are created in a program such as AutoCAD, and then imported into a nesting program where they are placed to be cut or sewn on a machine for mass production.  So, please take the time to read some of these mistakes commonly made by people when they are trying to convert a pattern into this type of file.

DXF-AAMA is a file format developed by the American Apparel Manufacturers Association in an attempt to solve the difficulties of using DXF files.  Now when talking about converting a pattern into a DXF (Drawing exchange Format. ) you will find that your converted pattern does not contains neither scale or units nor usually any method of reliably describing what needs to be cut, drawn, drilled or notched in your pattern file however, this file is the most commonly used format for exchange of drawing files.  Listed below, are three of the most commonly made mistakes made by people not software when trying to convert a pattern into this type of file.

1rst Problem: Thinking that your pattern will be a print file and not a cut file.

Thinking that your converted DXF CAD pattern file will be kept in a computer system for further modifications is a common mistake.  Most of the time, your converted file pattern will be neither needed nor wanted.  The purpose of the document is to generate tool paths for a machine.  So keep that in mind when formatting and exporting.  In most cases nobody will need to open the drawing in a CAD program, so eliminate what is not essential.  Think about what is needed in a drawing, format and export accordingly.

2rd problem: Not making the outline of your pattern into one closed polyline creating nesting problems.

In computer graphics a polygonal chain is called a polyline and is often used to approximate curved paths. Not closing your pattern outline will create problems when nesting your pattern and processing your DXF file.

3rd problem: Including objects in a drawing that are unnecessary.

Information such as Fabric type, sewing details, pattern codes, designer comments etc.  They all should not be included in your pattern as these will obstruct the conversion process.  Think of a way to hide or make invisible these text blocks put a reference layer or delete all information before exporting to DXF.

To conclude, three of the most common AAMA DXF pattern conversion mistakes are done by people and not by software.  Converting a pattern into a DXF (Drawing exchange Format.) will allow other CAD programs to read and import your digital pattern into tangent or any other nesting and plotting programs.  Some information lost in the conversion process include: No available information to find if your pattern has a scale or units, notching information, drill marks etc.  Not making the outline of your pattern into one close polyline and including non essential objects like text blocks all around a pattern will all contribute to badly formatted DXF files.

Occupation: Designer/ Prod. Pattern Making Consultant Leading Technical Designer, Alejandro Esparza owner of www.smartpatternmaking.com has provided for over 23 years, Auto CAD DXF and DXF-AAMA pattern converting services to many top manufacturing companies of our time in Los Angeles CA USA.
Understanding Avant-Garde Styles

Understanding Avant-Garde Styles

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Understanding Avant-Garde Styles

As someone who has a strong interest in various types of fashion, especially in modern and futuristic fashion, I like to learn and find out as much as I can about the new styles and types of clothing that come out and what types of people wear these styles before I become an advocate and a habitual wearer of the style, labels, or articles in question.  One style that interests me the most and I have been a wearer of since it’s vague and rare beginnings is avant-garde fashion.

Avant-garde is a French term which means “advance guard” or “vanguard”, or literally “fore-guard”.  These are people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics.  Some view the concept of avant-garde as artists, writers, composers and thinkers whose work is opposed to mainstream cultural values and often has a trenchant social or political edge.  This is also true with avant-garde fashion as there really is no defined parameters as to what groups of people the fashion is connected with and there are many variations and looks that seem similar to one style, but may be specifically targeted for a certain type or culture of people to wear.

This is the case with a lot of avant-garde attire that comes from fashion developing countries overseas such as China and Japan.  Chinese avant-garde apparel is a favorite of mine, and although majority of their mainstream avant-garde attire is designated for edgy, street savvy subcultures such as punk rockers and gothic subcultures, I do not consider myself an affiliate of either of those subcultures.  But I tend to really like the new, futuristic-like styles that are created by Chinese avant-garde designers.

So, it is mostly safe to say that since their really are no defined parameters that encompass the artistry of avant-garde artists or designers, there is a lot that you can get away with when wearing avant-garde clothing.  There are, however, still some things you should and should not do, especially on a regular basis if you claim to be part of a culture or subculture and you want to fit in and not seem like an outcast oddball.  This is why the smartest moves are learning about the avant-garde attire and labels you are attracted to and wearing single avant-garde clothing articles along with a majority of clothing articles that you know have a solid representation of your affiliated culture or subculture.

Smart Textiles and Future Wear

Smart Textiles and Future Wear

Thursday, April 14, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Smart Textiles and Future Wear

When we think of clothing, we usually just think of it as something we wear to provide coverage, convey our sense of style and protect us from the environmental elements.  But, the future of clothing as we know it is about to change in a big way, and smart textiles and future wear are paving the way for this change.  So, what exactly are smart textiles?

Smart textiles are fabrics that have been developed with new technologies that provide added value to the wearer.  Smart textiles can be broken into two different categories: Aesthetic and Performance Enhancing.

Aesthetic examples include everything from fabrics that light up to fabrics that can change color.  Some of these fabrics gather energy from the environment by harnessing vibrations, sound, or heat, and reacting to this input.

Then there are performance enhancing smart textiles which will have a huge impact on the athletic, extreme sports, and military industries.  There are fabrics that help regulate body temperature, reduce wind resistance and control muscle vibration – all of which help improve athletic performance.

Other fabrics have been developed for protective clothing to guard against extreme environmental hazards like radiation and the effects of space travel.  The health and beauty industry is also taking advantage of these innovations, which range from drug-releasing medical textiles, to fabric with moisturizer, perfume, and anti-aging properties.

A Canadian lab has tested special fibers that can help make soft, flexible touch screens and batteries woven directly into the fabrics of modern life.  Turning rigid electronic parts into stretchy, smart clothing material has not proven easy.  But early ideas have already hinted at practical uses beyond just wearing glowing “Tron” jumpsuits as fashion accessories. People may swipe a finger across a car’s upholstery to turn down the heat or brush at their coat sleeves to adjust the volume of a connected music player.

The intention is to make the clothing comfortable, and seamlessly blend “hard” gadget functions with “soft” objects while concealing the components of the technology that drives the smart clothing.  New developments in fiber optics have allowed scientists to make new polymer-based smart fibers based on melting the preformed material to pull out a long, thin fiber shape.  Such fibers can conduct electric signals.

The technology of smart clothing may seem imminent, but psychological barriers remain because textile manufacturers are hesitant to work with completely new fibers.  Other challenges also still remain in the creation and development of smart clothing such as: creating the soft textile version of the transistors at the heart of all modern devices.

So the competition is on for the breakthrough design in smart textiles and clothing, and for company’s of the future to create and market extraordinary pieces of smart clothing that act like gadgets but easily fit in with ordinary wardrobes.

Robotic Cosmetics Design

Robotic Cosmetics Design

Saturday, April 2, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Robotic Cosmetics Design

In the accessorizing of the semi-cosplay group of dark electronic, science fiction lovers that I affiliate with, a common theme is robot or cybernetic add-ons such as robotic appendages and electronic, lighted body features in robotic cosmetics design.  There are specialty websites that are geared towards the hobbyist that have sections of DIY or do-it-yourself wearable components that you can use to aid in the design of your own custom attire.

Researchers are continuing to develop robotic like designs to aid disabled people and the elderly in rehabilitation and assisting functionalities.  A recently devised hand exoskeleton called the Assisted Finger Orthosis, is a hand exoskeleton can be customized for an individual using 48 parameters. The battery-powered device uses small linear motors that can be programmed to move the finger as part of a rehab process.  Parameters can be set for finger movement, the range of motion and the frequency.  Each finger on the exoskeleton has eight rigid parts and pins that can be made using a 3D printer.

Someone interested in these type of accessories can either pay for the individual parts through the developer’s means of selling the parts, or they can also decide to design and make it themselves.  This could be done using computer aided drafting and design programs such as AutoCAD and transferring your design to a 3D printer or CNC machine for your own custom made parts.  Many cosplayer and semi-cosplayer designs are now being made this way.

In order to get an individual effect that is unique to your cosplay make-over, then one must have unique designs to add to their attire.  This takes a matter of instruction and learning about a range of technology and other topics including electronics, drafting, design, CAD, CAM, CNC manufacturing, 3D printing, fashion, sewing and materials which would be best suited for your accessories.  If this is something you are interested in, or are considering doing, then you will need to learn these things as well as keeping up on the latest developments as well as the practices and processes of designing your own custom cosplay, or semi-cosplay design.  Take a look at the above video regarding an Iron Man robotic hand an arm accessory and lights that some innovative designer created to give you some inspiration.