Here is Claire McCardell’s The Essential Eleven – Eleven rules every designer, either professional or individual should embrace.
- Learn to see
- Learn to sew
- Learn to drape
- Learn color
- Learn anatomy
- Learn to wear clothes well and appropriately
- Learn the difference between good taste and bad taste
- Learn what sells and what doesn’t
- Learn fashion history – trends-cycles
- Learn how to feel changes before they come
- Learn how to know when they’re gone
From Claire McCardell’s What Shall I Wear? Now available in a new edition. Strongly recommended for fashionista’s and individual designers and seamstresses. What are your essential 11? Do you agree with McCardell? Would you add anything?
McCardell is one of my favorite designers. Known today for her “American Look” she embraced the American casual look and vibe and made it refined without being overly French and fussy (think Dior). Some her most famous designs are the Popover dress which is widely celebrated among vintage sewing bloggers, ballet slippers which fit her pain free approach to wearing clothing and the use of draping to show off the body.
Her look was about freedom, movement yet fashionable and even by today standards very sexy. Oh, and did I mention she liked pockets? The bigger than better.