The Brooklyn Baby Pullover
Monthly Makes by shae.
The Brooklyn Baby Pullover
This very first design blossomed directly from a personal need for extra layers and warmth during this seemingly extra cold winter. I found myself reaching for sweatshirts that ended up disappointing or annoying me half way through the day. They just didn’t fit the bill in some way: the hood was too clunky under a jacket, the sleeves were too long for function (looking at you over-played thumb hole detail…) or too tight for layering, or the fabric was quite as cozy or chic as the days required. For a piece requiring this much utility, I knew it was time to start piecing together a more modern option.
Initial sketch of the Brooklyn Baby Pullover.
I began toying around in my sketch book with the garment details that I found the most functional; crew neck, loose roomy body shape, arm length hitting just above my watch, and a secure hidden pocket just for my phone as I race around from task to task, not always (or even often) within reach my purse. The design quickly began to take shape.
With the design solidified it was time to find the perfect fabric; a cotton based sweatshirting that would be warm but still breathable. And cute of course! A certain personal event (Happy Birthday Mom!) brought to my attention a fabric I wouldn’t usually be drawn to but none the less felt and looked like just what I had in mind. The most obvious choice for sending from Oklahoma…was to literally cover the sweatshirt in hearts!
Next up; the mathematic gymnastic of pattern drafting and grading i.e. sizing. I knew I wanted to keep the sizing simple as the oversized design allowed for a lot of flexibility and I personally hate getting caught up in debating sizes when shopping online so a simple XS-XL covered the range nicely.
With the technical heavily lifting out of the way, I get to move on to better developing the inspiration floating around my mind; from songs to pictures, colors to moods, I start to weave each piece of influenced for the design together into a more cohesive picture to share with you all. The Story Card was an ingenious contribution from my partner in crime; my husband. Though somewhat less involved with the design and construction of women’s clothing;) building a explosive scene in word and color is far and away his forte. The Story Card wraps up the collection of inspiration surrounding each piece into a pretty little photographic package, and a new card is included with each garment.
We’ve also built a short and sweet Concept Card to shed better light on the capsule wardrobe intent as the garment releases build on each other throughout the year.
Finally the samples are built one stitch at a time and notes are taken so that construction steps and details can be relayed to the team when our micro-production begins.
These ‘ghost mannequin’ photos were my first attempt at photoshop background removal, and it was surprisingly less painful than I thought it might be! I just popped these beauties on a display mannequin and crowd sourced (i.e. called some generous friends!) the brightest lights and best camera I could find an went to work!
My goal with the styling and color options of this first piece was to keep it simple with only two colorways but allow you the most flexibility I could with the colors chosen. Blue and white seemed optimal options for this first go. As a tiny, almost microscopic, clothing producer, we want to offer as much as we can through limited (but growing!) resources so material choices are always a big decisions in the creative process.
With the samples completed, pictures taken, listing posted and branding printing we have one last mission, the lifestyle shots! What will this garment look like when its actually worn out in the wild?! Scroll to see!
As my first release of my first true product, I’m thrilled to have shared this process with you. In so many ways, there is no magic, its just a lot of hard work, a little luck, and a steadfast vision and for me, I love finding that out. Hard work works, as I've heard it put purely.
Thanks to your support, we can’t wait to keep trucking along next month! Stayed tuned!
In Gratitude - Shae
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