Full Circle

I studied clothes in college.

I mean, fashion design. This was <ahem> 20+ years ago. Things were different back then.  The internet barely existed. Our phones were immobile and dumb. Digital design was in its infancy. And the fashion industry only existed in a handful of places (I mean real job opportunities). While this barely matters today, geography was pretty important back then.

After college I moved to St. Paul, Minnesota - not the epicenter of fashion. I interned for a children's clothing designer who owned a small shop in Mac/Groveland. It was a real "brick and mortar" store, though that would have been a redundant term then because - DUH! - no online stores. I made patterns, designed some things, sewed.

Spoiler alert: this didn't lead to a career in fashion. But that journey's for another post.

Today I'm sitting at my computer in pajamas, designing leggings. I'm using Photoshop to make fabric designs from photos. It's like this:

Here's a pic I took in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Here's a pic I took in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

First I did this...

First I did this...

And then this...

Uploaded it here...

Uploaded it here...

VOILA! 

SO. MUCH. FUN.

It's a tremendous time to be a designer, artist, maker, entrepreneur. The internet's brought the world within reach like never before. Someone in Canada printed this fabric and sewed a single pair of pants, just for me, with my own clothing label. The quality is great and I can even sell them online through their website! (psst... YOU can buy a pair here!)

I won't quit my day job, but this 44-year-old Midwestern mom-of-four is pysched to play fashion designer, if only occasionally, from a desktop at home... in pajamas.