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I’ve Been Accepted!!!

The other day I received a large envelope from the Fashion Institute of Technology!  I am so happy to say I was accepted into the accelerated one year associates fashion design program!  My hard work paid off! 🙂

I really didn’t expect to receive notice so soon as they mentioned that acceptance statuses would typically be sent out in April – May.  Now that I know I’ve been accepted, all the worrying has set in – have I saved enough money to be jobless for at least 1 year?  will I even find a job upon graduation?  Can I handle being back in school and redoing the whole internship (aka slave labor) experience all over again?  Will I be able to cut back on spending after 3+ years of financial freedom?

I don’t know 😦

All I know is that if I didn’t at least try, I’d be stuck in a career path that never felt right for me and I’d be miserable that I wasted so many years doing something that made me feel bad about myself.

Right now I have to just focus on the awesome sense of achievement of going through the grueling FIT portfolio process for the second time.  (I began my application 8 years ago but found it too daunting so I went to business school instead…)  Time to apply for scholarships to see if I can earn some free money…

Enough about’s an avocado plant update:

This guy is on his 3rd round of pruning.. hes a bit of a twiggy runt compared to avocado plant #2 but he seems to be growing regardless.

avocado plant pruned progress

Avocado #2: the leggy monster

Every pruning has backfired on me so far, but I’ve cut him down to 5″ and hes still growing a new leader..amazing.  I’m hoping that the approaching spring weather will produce some nice bushy leaves

pruning leggy avocado plant


Finally Done!!!

After a month of full time job from 9am-7pm and the sewing/drawing/designing til 1am, then having no life on the weekends….I’m done!  I’ve submitted my FIT Admissions Fashion Design portfolio for the One-Year Associates Program.

Many things went wrong along the way, and I’m still not certain I followed all the directions to the tee or if I met the standard of a 1 year program student.  Of course the ePortfolio submission site was down the moment I tried to submit it also….

I don’t know what I will do if my portfolio was passed over due to a technicality or minor issues.  (not sure I have the will power to do it over again to be honest)  all i can know is that I tried hard, putting a lot of thought and physical effort into doing the best I could considering the time frame and juggling a full-time job.

Now, all there is left to do is wait… 3 whole agonizing months.  (After that, I can start fretting about how willing I will be to quit my stable paying job and basically start from scratch as a full time student/un-paid intern)

Here’s a sample of one of the dresses from my portfolio:


malvarosa-dress-pocket malvarosa dress pattern with organza overlay- and it has pockets!!

I used the adorable drop waist dress Malvarosa Dress Pattern by Pauline Alice

I wanted to make sure I was using an easy pattern for my novice sewing skills – but I also wanted to add a more formal touch to the casual dress pattern so I added a layer of organza to the skirt portion and used dressier fabric.

I’d definitely recommend this pattern for anyone who wants an easy/gratifying dress pattern that one can move around and pig out in…perfect for thanksgiving feasting!

(my only qualm is that the sizing is very generous – the smallest pattern size was a bit roomy for my 5’2″ model – needless to say it will overwhelm my almost 5ft extra extra petite frame 😥 ….)

…more of my portfolio to come when I’m not feeling lazy