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Do you have summer angst? Do you have trouble going to work while the sun is shining & the ocean beckons you? Don’t you want to just take the summer off and be a kid again? Splash in the ocean, have BBQ’s, go sailing…I certainly do. But I am a designer (remember?) and I have work to do. A collection to design by September. Good lord.

Why is it that I am suddenly inspired as soon as I begin to drift off to sleep and didn’t have a single good idea all day when I was forcing myself to work? This happens all of the time. If only it were socially acceptable to be a night owl. “Sorry, can’t come in today, had too many ideas last night & didn’t sleep, but boy did I get a lot done”. Why do I feel tired and willy nilly and lazy during the day? I have been trying to figure this out my entire adult life… One thing that gets me through life though is setting goals. I know what needs to be accomplished in my mind but jotting it down really helps. Here’s my to-do list for the next Dahl & Dane capsule collection. We’re doing a small collection bags & basics for “him & her”.

  • Design 2 prints. I want to create painterly prints where I incorporate my drawings and watercolors and have these printed onto fabric. These will be printed onto 100% cotton and used for a bag for her, a blouse & a skirt. Think Liberty of London meets a doodle bug.
  • Make Dane design a print for “him”, our collection is going to be “his & her’s” items; a bag for him, one for her, t-shirts for him, t-shirts for her. Think Slow & Steady meets Dahl & Dane’s quirk and my personal aesthetic.
  • Make my own patterns. I sometimes use my factory to create the patterns & samples. This time, to save money, I want to make my own patterns and have my samples made by my factory so they are “showroom acceptable”, and we all know how expensive that is.
  • Find a reliable & secure source for wholesale fabric. Right now I am locking down a source for organic cotton, soy, hemp & bamboo manufacturers. We want our collection to be primarily organic.

That helped actually. Thanks:)


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    Nov 8, 2016, 11.02 AMby lucinamaoka1969

    There is no need to let go of it. Most especially if one has the skills. – Morgan Exteriors

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    Jul 8, 2009, 07.12 AMby susanne2011

    I am not a designer, but don’t you get inspiration from going to beautiful places like the beach or a nice bit of nature? Maybe you should just make some ‘business-trips’ to get inspired? ;)

    I am having a bit of another problem, I can’t focus on work (I am a scientist) because I am constantly thinking about what to sew next, where to get the fabrics, when I can wear my next imaginary creation etc. It really messes up my work, since I have zillions of more research papers to write. But here I am again, checking the burdastyle website…arrrrghhh…I’m getting addicted! Help!

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    Jul 7, 2009, 05.34 PMby maria-gehrke

    Oh I cannot agree more. I would love to go to the beach and do other activities during the day and work later. I can see how that does not work for people like me , being forced to work at the office with other people :) I thought as a designer you would have a little more leeway with work hours.?

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    Jul 7, 2009, 10.10 AMby sew4my3

    Oh Dear Alison, You are not alone on this one! There are just some of us that get our best ideas while the rest of the world is quiet and then we pay for our thoughtful night the next day! The sun just calls for a good nap on a freshly mowed lawn with a cool but gentle breeze to blow away the real world around you. ZZZzzzz

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