Why: If your Project Runway-watching routine includes sitting poised with a sketchpad, anxiously awaiting each new challenge, or frequently thinking â€œHey, I could do that!â€ consider yourself lucky. (For most of us, drooling over the glamorous end results and scoffing at the catty comments are as far as it goes.)
Fashion Incubator, the blog brainchild of design entrepreneur, Kathleen Fasanella, is a great online getaway for those of you who are sew inclined. You’ll find interviews with designers, patternmakers and other go-getters in the world of fashion creation, as well as news on the latest trends from an industry-insider point of view. The site also hosts patternmaking and sewing contests. Dish in the forums about marketing and selling your goods, recommend your favorite equipment and suppliers, share pattern downloads with other fashion-talented folks and enjoy the tutorials if you are a beginner.
Like any good incubator, youâ€™ll find plenty of helpful and nurturing people at this site that touts â€œlessons from the sustainable factory floor.â€ If youâ€™re serious about the business side of the fashion world and think you have the chops to make it as a design entrepreneur, consider this your starting point. Then, brush up on your catty commentary; youâ€™re going to need it when you take to the runways as a professional.
Find it: Fashion-Incubator.com