Posted: November 5th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off
As many of you know, Hurricane Sandy came and went in a flash, but left an imprint on everyone’s life who was heavily impacted by her in the NY and NJ area.
I am grateful that I had power and no damage to my apartment, but I couldn’t just sit here and do nothing.
Yesterday I volunteered at a small organization yesterday. The coordinator that day was Julia, and she was so amazing. The volunteers didn’t know what to expect. Once I had arrived from taking the delayed D train, I was put to work organizing donations, then off I went with another volunteer to the Rockaway and Coney Island. It was heartbreaking. The Rockaway had a huge effect on me. I think this article in Brooklyn Based explains it well. Scroll down to the letter and that is exactly what I saw, except that I didn’t know of the gang war.
My friend Stephanie from Vivid Voltage compiled a great list of how one can donate. I thought the Amazon Wedding Gift Registry was pretty awesome. Check it out.
I won’t spare you with the sad pics because they are sad. However, when I was walking along the beach in Coney Island, I saw something beautiful. Mother Nature can be tough, but when she shines through like this photo I posted, it reminds me that we have hope and we’ll get through this.
Posted: September 9th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: wedding dress, wedding gown | Comments Off
This is Sarah. She’s wearing the Viola gown. Thank you Sarah for sending this gorgeous photo!
Posted: June 21st, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off
Awhile back I was a finalist for a DIY for IOU contest and now my dresses are posted online, for sale for 5 days! Visit Fab.com to secure a made to order IOU Project by Minna K. They are casual day dresses. One is a maxi dress which converts to a short dress, and the other one is a ruffle front drawstring shirt dress.
Posted: April 3rd, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off
Congratulations to the winners! Their designs are pretty nice. If y’all get a chance, take a look at them on the IOU Project Facebook Page. I really like the convertible dress that becomes a handbag. Anyway, I can finally share my designs so here they are:
Now that y’all saw the process from my previous post, here are the final dresses! There’s 2 dresses, so be sure to scroll all the way down to see both. Both dresses have different ideas, but the concept is the same : The Go To Dress that is in your closet.
Dress Name: Sankar (Named after Mr. S Sankar, the handloom weaver who made the fabric)
Type of Dress: Convertible Daywear For Spring/Summer. Can be long or short, sash can be tied in different ways or as a hair sash.
Note: I tried to maximize as much fabric for this beautifully handmade fabric, so I made the pattern wide and as square as possible. The pleats were made to make shape at the neckline.
Sankar as a Short Dress
Close Up Details. Pleats and Bias Binding
Note: Bias tends to have fabric waste but I figured it was either bias or lining or facing to finish the edges. I still needed to have straps anyway.
Raw edges was also a thought but washing and wearing it will shorten the life of the dress. This should be a long lasting Go To dress.
Plain Back with Invisible Zipper
Note: The sash can be worn in many different ways.
Note: To make the skirt long, attach the skirt at the hem by snapping it on.
Sankar as a Maxi Dress
Note: The belt can be converted to a sash for the hair
Dress Name: Asha (Means hope in Sanskrit)
Type of Dress: Versatile Daywear For Work or Week End
Note: Asha is more of a fashion piece since I had plenty of fabric to make two dresses. I chose to make fabric covered buttons instead of another type of button so that the fabric scraps are put to good use.
Front View with Sash
Posted: March 24th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off
It’s been a super duper busy month! I entered this contest hoping to become a finalist, but at the same time, I was actually training for a muay thai kickboxing competition. The contest’s deadline is March 26th, and the tournament is March 31st. Talk about challenging! In the end, it was all worth it and I am so glad I did all of it.
I’ve documented some of the process below:
Since the fabric is handmade and made with love, how do I keep it functional and to use as much fabric as possible (maximizing the 0% waste concept)
I wanted to keep the dress loose and I did some sketches, but in the end, it was easier to drape so I could visually see how I could maximize fabric.
After draping, I took the muslin pattern off the form and transferred it to paper
Here I’m just seeing how much the paper pattern would take up on the fabric. This was 45″ wide muslin, so I was guesstimating. I didn’t know how wide the Madras fabric was.
So when I received the fabric, I was so excited! It was handwoven by handloom weaver Mr. S Sankar, so I decided to name my convertible dress Sankar.
After tweaks and revisions, I finally made the final proto out of muslin. The front neckline should actually be sharper, but voila! Sankar is a dress that can be a short dress, a maxi dress, and the sash can be also be tied in the hair.
I really want to make two dresses. The 2nd one is from the concept board I submitted to the DIY with IOU contest. The question is… is there enough fabric? Well, if there is, I will call her Asha
Stay tuned for the final garments!
Posted: March 18th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off
In my previous post, I talked about my concept for this contest. I was so lucky to be one of the 10 finalists so I’ve been working like crazy getting my designs executed into something tangible. So far we’ve been getting a lot of great feedback and acknowledgement, which I am so proud of. I’m proud because this contest has to do with fashion AND making the world a better place. What more could a girl ask for?
Source4Style and IOU Project are the awesome companies that are holding this contest.
Ecouterre is the main media sponsor which will also have an Audience Award Contest. Look out for that in my posts!
Then we’ve got ecosalon and Smashing Darling, who are just super stellar sites that did a write up.
In the meantime, check out the espadrilles on IOU Project. Total cuteness. Also, as a premium member on Source4Style, I am receiving helpful trend reports and loving how I’m able to source handmade fabrics.
I can’t wait to show y’all what I’ve created!
In addition to this contest, since I have access to Source4Style’s site, this is seriously convincing me to make my own little collection a sustainable one!
Posted: February 13th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off
When I first found IOU Project before it launched, I was so excited that someone was able to execute a similar dream of mine. Kavita Parmar had a clear vision, which made me realize dreams can be tangible. Though I predominately design dresses, it would be such an honor to be a small part of this worldwide initiative.
I created a concept board of what reminded me of IOU Project. This brand makes great core items that belong in anyone’s closet. I can turn to IOU items without thinking and still feel great wearing it. Though my style is a bit different, I tried to make a collection that could keep that core concept.
Butter & Jam
This inspiration,(click here to see the board) , came about because they are “core items” in everyone’s diet. It reminds me of words and phrases such as ‘made with love’, ‘wholesome’, ‘comfort’… staples that belong in everyone’s cupboard….and who doesn’t love getting homemade butter & jam cookies or sandwiches from their mother? Hence the Mother/Daughter concept came about….
Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off
It’s been a great 2012 so far. A beautiful couple I know purchased three of my illustrations (see below), a friend commissioned me to knit her a hat, and two people I know are getting married and decided to go with a Minna K! I know it seems a little all over the place, but to me… it’s creating things that is important to me and that is just what I’m doing. Between juggling these projects and work, to training in Muay Thai and other things, I’ve got a full Winter and Spring. When I have some downtime, I’m also working on getting a little business going with my illustrations. Stay tuned! xo Minna
Art#2 S1 "Selena"
Art#1 S1 "Marlena"
Art#3 S1 "Greta"
Posted: January 1st, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off
She’s doing the walk of shame right about now. Hope 2012 brings you everything that you wish for!
Posted: December 31st, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off
Happy New Year! What will the year of the Dragon bring you?
I was imagining what dress I wanted to wear for the New Year’s party tonight, and found some black and white print silk fabric in my closet. So.. this is the design I came up with. Have a wonderful night tonight and party like it’s 2012!