Meet the Maker: Hadassa Dorcean
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posted 4 years ago

My name is Hadassa, but you may know me as the Fashion Designer & Sewing blogger of  HADASSADOR, and my DIY weapons of choice are my sewing machine (of course!), seam ripper, and sketchbook!

I look for inspiration in all types of places: from my environment, my family and friends, fashion runway shows, magazines, apparel boutiques/shops and my favorite of all, Pinterest.

After a long day of making things I like to sit on my couch, watch YouTube videos, Netflix or Hulu shows, and eat loads of junk food.

I got started making when I was a sophomore in high school, which was 2011. I went to the High School of Fashion Industries (a regular high school with normal academics, but it also specialized in fashion design courses). During the sophomore year of being a fashion design major, you learned sewing construction and ever since I’ve always loved making clothes and other sewing DIYs.

The one thing that drives my creativity is the fashion paced city I live in, New York City. Everyday, I see stylish things and stylish people, and it allows me to keep my creative juices flowing and always wanting to make new eye-catching things.

When I think about starting a new project, I view all the inspiring images I've saved in my phone, laptop or sketchbook, check my stash of fabrics that I own, think about what I need or don’t have in my closet, then create a design and sketch it out. Once I've sketched my design I think about the fabrications, notions, and patterns needed to construct it. I use a planner to plan out how quickly I can complete the sewing process in order to get it done by the due date I have made for myself.

The best part about running my own business that is I get to make my rules and work at my OWN pace. No one gets to be the boss of me, and that is the best feeling ever.

I started my business because straight out high school I wanted to make money and I was eager to start my fashion design career, whether it be solo or under someone else. Now, when you're a college freshmen with little sewing experience, big companies weren't going to hire me and internships were difficult to get, so I started my own, and it was the best thing i ever did. I always knew I wanted to be a young entrepreneur.

When I think about people purchasing and wearing my clothes, it gives me a great feeling. I think to myself, ‘I’ve made someone happy about how they look!’ That is a hard thing for a lot of people, being happy with how they appear physically. Growing up (I was) insecure of how I looked, and that's what made me passionate to be a fashion designer. If my clothes can help bring one’s self-esteem a bit higher, I’m very content with that.

My advice to anyone looking to start their own business is to JUST DO IT (in the words of Nike). And DONT GIVE UP. If you’re really passionate about this, do it and keep on doing it.

The most important thing I’ve learned from starting my own business is you have to be patient and yet be fast paced. In the fashion industry, time waits for nothing BUT everything takes time.

If i wasn't a fashion designer or sewing blogger I would love to be an event planner, maybe like a wedding one. I'm just saying cause it seemed so fun from the Jennifer Lopez movie, and the David Tutera shows.

My favorite place to buy supplies is the garment district of NYC, and my top favorite fabric store there, out of all the notions and fabrics stores in the neighborhood, is Mood Fabrics.

A movie that can cheer me out of any bad mood is Love Jones.

Making makes me feel like an innovator, and independent. I feel like I'm on top of the world and no one can take my high.

I get out of a creative rut by taking a nap, watching some motivational videos or having my friends to encourage me.

I most relate to neo-soul and r&b music because a lot of the songs that fall in the genre really explain how I feel when it comes to my personal being. As well as the 90s era, a lot of the style and the music and the young people coming to realize who they are and that they don't care what others think is something that (was) instilled in to the following eras, which I can relate to.

My favorite designers are Brandon Maxwell, Elie Saab, Balmain, Alica + Olivia, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Alexander Wang.

My favorite thing about making is the accomplished feeling I get and wearing or seeing it on others.

To me, DIY means being able to create something new out of nothing or something old. DIY means being able to use your hands, your innovative mind, and have fun.

The first thing I made was a barbie doll skirt. I drafted it for one of my barbie doll stands I owned as a kid. It was yellow and I hand stitched it with pink thread.

Three words that describe my work: different, minimal, and stylish

Best creative advice I ever received is to focus on you own craft and reach the best of your level, not someone else’s.

I never leave the house with out my wallet, cellphone and keys.

If I could live in any other city it would be London or Paris because those are the other fashion capitals and (the) Euro is more valuable than the dollar, as of late.

The best spots in my city are Brooklyn bridge park, (I love the view), Times Square, Union Square, Central Park and A LOT more. I mean, I live in NYC, there are endless amazing locations here.

My DIY secret weapon is my pattern making book from Helena Joseph Armstrong.

My next project will be either a hoodie, or a blouse. I'm not sure, but its going to be a good one.

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