One day at a time in the life of Eileen Pappas: knitwear designer, Trekkie, and closeted rock star.

On the other side

This weekend, I met up with a student at Parsons who is working on her senior thesis and asked me to take on the role of knitwear consultant for some of the pieces in her collection.  I was very excited to start work on a new project and even more so after I met the student, who turned out to be sweet, creative, and motivated.  I'm already getting a number of ideas for ways in which we can explore her concept and create some beautiful garments that will set her senior thesis apart.  Although I am not entirely sure how I'm going to go about doing all the things I'd like to do (like so many areas of my life right now), I've thrown myself into this 100% and can't wait to see where it goes.

It was also interesting for me to look at the process of developing a senior thesis collection from the other side.  I saw so many of the same concerns and anxieties that I was having this time last year, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be there and support someone in an empowering way.  I found myself telling her that it would all work out in the end, even if she can't see the possibility right now.  And the best part is that I believed every word I was saying, just as my senior year instructors kept telling me.

So yes, I'm incredibly inspired and excited, and can't wait to share her work with all of you when it becomes real.

It's also reminding me how much I like working with students.  I liked it when I was in school, and I'm loving it now (a second student collaboration may also be in the works)... Which is also making me think about the possibility of teaching years down the road when I've accumulated more work experience.


In other areas of life, work is pretty crazy at the moment with market week and having to spec all the samples of the spring collection by the end of this week.  My mentor (and boss) keeps reiterating how specking garments is an art, and she's absolutely right.  You would think measuring clothes would be a pretty straightforward task, but even with predetermined points of measure, it can get tricky.   (And I can tell you right now, when I have my own brand someday, my tech designer will get lots of respect... especially with the kind of stuff I like to design.)  So I am practicing, and practicing patience while I'm at it.

I am also making space in my life - space for new opportunities, new people, and new projects.

Any of you that know me know about my current living situation, which is not ideal to say the very least.  Moving into a new place of my own is one of the things I've taken on, but until that comes to pass I must find ways to do the work that needs to be done with the resources currently at my disposal.  So last weekend, I cleaned out my yarn stash, donated a bunch of machine and hand knitting yarn to Parsons, and was able to free up my knitting area and the wall behind it.  I have a number of inspiration images and swatches to put up for a personal project I'm working on, but for the time being I am loving looking at this clear space.  It's not much, but I am thankful for it.

One of the things I really want to do is make some clothes for myself.  I can't tell you how many interviews I've been to where I was asked if I designed what I'm wearing (because it's arguably awesome!) and I hated having to say no.  The ultimate goal would be to dress exclusively in clothes I've designed and live my vision.  So even though I knew I wouldn't have the time to make this happen today, I did manage to get back on the machine for at least a little while and create two new swatches with some of the new yarns I purchased.  Like having attended my Weight Watchers meeting this morning, I did what I said I was going to do, and even the most humble of actions felt good.