4.3.14

Katastrophic's 6 Item Challenge!


Announcing Katastrophic's 6 ITEM CHALLENGE! Each person who successfully participates will win a Limited First Edition hand dyed Katastrophic Dream T!

The purpose of this challenge is to raise awareness on our culture's dependence on Fast Fashion, over consumption, and an over abundance of cheap, trendy clothing rather than well made, beautifully crafted pieces that you can wear often and for a long time.

"The average American purchases nearly 70 pieces of new clothing per year. This equates to new 20 billion garments bought in the US. A mere 2% of this apparel is made in the USA." (https://sixitemschallenge.everydayhero.com/uk/made-in-usa-challenge)

THE CHALLENGE:

27.1.14

New ivory lace bralette and undies sets!

Brand new lingerie for spring and summer brides in the shop!  Delicate sheer mesh lace available in ivory or chocolate trim!


2.10.13

DIY Dress Form Part 3: Padding and Cover

This is the third and final section on making your own DIY dress form!  
(Here is the INTRO post as well as Part 1 and Part 2 of the series.)



What you need for this is a couple of yards of quilt padding, which you can get at most craft stores, and a couple of yards of a very stretchy and elastic knit fabric.  (This is usually called 4 way stretch and has spandex or lycra or elastic or whatever you call it built into it.  It's what you would make a skin-tight body suit out of. The padding is going to make the surface of the form smooth under the cover, and will also give your form a really nice slightly squishy surface, like a real body.  I know you may be worried about the padding adding too much bulk, but comparing measurements to my body it didn't seem to add a very significant amount.  If this is very important to you, you can always shave a bit of your form down in crucial areas before adding the padding.  The stretchy cover also really helps to hold in the puffiness of the padding.

31.7.13

Katastrophic on Instagram!

Katastrophic is now on Instagram!  Follow me at MelissaTayorJenkins for peeks into the studio, previews of upcoming work, pretty things, ridiculous things, delicious things, and of course the occasional and obligatory pics of my face, like this one:



http://instagram.com/melissataylorjenkins

2.7.13

DIY Dress Form Tutorial Part 2: Building the stand, hanging the mold, and filling the mold with foam

This is Part 2 of the DIY Dress Form Tutorial where we'll look at building the stand from PVC pipe, assembling the mold, and filling the mold with foam to create our actual form.

The first step is to build yourself a PVC pipe stand.  I'm sure there are better ways to do this that might involve wheels on the bottom, but this works pretty well for me.  Here is a picture of the stand I built:

18.6.13

Pin Up style Lace Bralette and High Waist Undies!

So my fabulous and gorgeous customer sent me this picture of her modeling her new Katastrophic lacey bralette and high waist undies set:

I love it so much!  She is actually wore in a photo shoot over the weekend, and I absolutely can't wait to see those pics too!  I'm already sold out of this purple bralette top, but I have one in nude and I will be making more in different laces in the future.  For now, check out what I have in stock Here.

16.4.13

Custom Katastrophic Silk Chiffon Gown

I just finished an unusual project for myself- designing and sewing a formal gown for a client!  It's such a change from my normal design work of knitwear for every day, but it's interesting and exciting to get to use really rich and beautiful materials, like the silk chiffon and silk velvet I used in this project!  

Here are my sketches for the idea of the dress which I created after meeting with my client and looking at some pictures together of what she liked.  I first wanted to make sure I was a good fit for her as a designer.  Luckily I really liked her inspiration pics and it was easy for us to come up with something we both could get excited about.  You can see some variations, some of which I'd like to start as a jumping off point for other custom dresses:


I really love drawing and it's one of my strong points, so naturally in my design process I rely a lot on my drawings, which is where I make most of the design decisions.  This time since I haven't ever worked with this kind of fabric before I wasn't sure how the design would translate to the finish piece, so it was a bit of an experiment.

10.4.13

DIY Dress Form Part 1: Building the Mold

 This is the SECOND installment of my Ultimate DIY Dress Form Tutorial!  Click here for the Intro post.

BEFORE building your mold, there are several things you have to consider:

* You are going to have to stand very still with excellent
    posture without moving for at least an hour.

* The mold is going to be very fragile.

* If you move or shift, your mold is not going to be accurate.

* You might want to protect your skin if it is particularly
    sensitive.

* And lastly and VERY importantly, you CAN'T do this part alone!!!  All the other parts you can do pretty much by yourself, but you can't wrap yourself in plaster bandages and then cut yourself out by yourself!  You need at least one friend to wrap the bandages on you and then cut you out.

* Also, keep in mind that you are going to be basically naked except for a ratty old pair of undies that you are ok with ruining, so you better do this project with someone where there is mutual comfort with seeing most of your bare naked body, and in fact getting very hands on with said body.  In a 100% business way, of course.

p.s. I hope you like this ridiculous picture of me (left) and my friend Rachel (right) who is always adventurous and hilarious, which is pretty much the perfect thing for a project involving getting almost naked and then having to literally stand around like that for a couple hours.

For this stage, you will need:

6.4.13

DIY Dress Form Intro: The Ultimate DIY Dress Form Tutorial Overview

Interested in learning to make your own professional quality custom dress form for around $100?
This is PART 1 of my Ultimate DIY Dress Form Tutorial where I show you how to make a professional and functional personalized form that looks like this: 

Finished Dress Form!  (It's almost too realistic... )

We will be using these materials:
             *medical plaster wraps, 
             *construction foam, and
             *PVC pipes 
             *Quilt padding
             *4 way stretch knit fabric

     I took on this project last year when I decided as a designer I was way overdue for owning a functional dress form.  However, I just didn't have the budget to spend the $300-$600 it would cost to get a decent and professional form.  (I don't care what anyone says... those adjustable forms you can get at the craft store are a joke, if you know anything about draping.)  I had made a DIY dress form several years ago with my bestie, Megan Winn of The Binding Bee, but it was never very functional and I left it in Indiana when I moved to Austin to pursue fashion design.  I decided it was time to try again and do a better job.