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My interview for Hey Kids! magazine

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I was very delighted to receive a proposal from Alireza Rezaei, executive editor of Hey Kids! magazine and work on the interview for such a cool and fun magazine!

 

Alla Koval’s Happy Fashion
interview by Alireza Rezaei

It can be said that fashion is fashion and there’s not too much difference when a designer works for ladies, gentlemen or kids. The essence of this job or art is almost the same for all, but when you look at Alla Koval’s designs, you will find it obvious that there is something special for kids in them. Something makes us smile when we see children wearing them. Something in the colours, textures and the way she combines materials is happy and makes her designs unique, fabulous and enticing. That’s why I asked her to have an interview with Hey Kids. As I expected there is something unique in her point of view about fashion for children: Happiness!

 

The first eye catching thing in your designs is the colours and the way you choose and use them. Please tell us about your view and sense of colours.

One of a brightest memories from my childhood was my very first set of 48 colour markers. I was super excited to experiment with the colours, and my mom paid attention to how I used them. Later she told me that when she asked why I combined the colours that way, I explained, “They felt happy together.” Well, I still have that excitement about colours and love to make them feel happy.

What got you started working in children’s clothing design?

My daughter Kristin. I have been knitting and crocheting since I was a child, but rarely created any children’s items – just did not have much motivation. But when I had my own daughter, I started imagining all the cute things she could wear and this is how I started designing children’s clothes. And then I realized that it was exactly what I wanted to do in my life.

Your work is all highly detailed and imaginative. Where does that inspiration come from?

From everything I see, from nature to graphic designs to eighteenth-century costumes. But most of my inspiration comes from little wonders with their such precious personality and amazing vision!

Some of them are like paintings for kids and they remind us of kids’ books. How do you imagine them before starting the design?

It varies. Usually I just visualize them clearly and then somehow make the mental images into something real. I call it “design as you go”, when having the rough idea is enough to get started. But other times, when I see it’s going to be complicated, I start with math and draw stitch diagrams first.

Knitting is the main part of your designs. It should be more difficult to design some knitting and mix it with other textures than using just textures. You really love knitting, don’t you?

I do love both equally, knitting and crochet, because they’re so different. I tend to use crochet more for lace on summer and spring garments and knitting when I want something more fluid or use textured yarn. And my absolutely favourite part is to combine knit and crochet in one garment – a more fresh and enticing look.

Are your designs knitted by hand? If yes, their prices should be high. Would you give me a rough idea about the prices?

Yes, all my creations are hand knitted and crocheted by me with high quality yarn. Unfortunately it all makes the prices really high, but still, I have sold hundreds of custom-made (mostly one of a kind) items online. However, one day I realized that I have too much on my plate and couldn’t keep up with all orders anymore. I thought if I started writing patterns, I could make something just once and let other knitters and crocheters make the garments by
themselves, and even sell finished projects made from my patterns. I really feel that it was the right thing to do, and I’ve been so blessed by this experience. Somebody else making something out of what I’ve created — that’s what makes me happiest!

Have you published your patterns?

I have published my patterns since 2008. I have my designs published in Interweave Crochet and Crochet! magazines. I have also been designing my own line of knitwear and crochet for Kids Designs and Women Accessories, and I sell my patterns in my own on-line store, My Little Citygirl and in shops on Etsy.com, Raverly.com, YCMT.com, Anniesattic.com and DaWanda.com. With more than a 100 published patterns, I have now started working on my very first crochet book Imagical Seasons: Crochet Couture for Kids 2-12 years and have exciting plans for the future.

Is it possible for you to go to mass production?

Mass production is not for me. But to design something for a child’s brand to be mass produced, would be a pretty exciting and interesting experience.

What do you think about the role of geography and culture in fashion?

I think there are no strict logical lines between geography and culture in fashion these days.

What’s your favourite piece from your current line? Any all time favourite?

I love them all! But I really like my latest Silverlace and Tropicana Blankets. My all-time favourites are the Ladybug top, Christmas and Steampunk jackets.

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Vacation!!

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We are so ready and just can’t wait for our escape to Waikiki, Oahu this afternoon. Will be back on Sunday, October, 14th.

 

I’ll put on vacation mode Etsy shop, but my patterns are still available for immediately download in my Shop and some other online stores (click logos below):

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See you soon!!
Yours,
Alla

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EAP – New Business Model from Alla Koval Designs!

EAP stands for “Early Access Program” and servers a purpose to make all my future patterns available as soon as it is possible.

Every patterns goes through number of phases: design, modeling, creating charts, writing instructions, testing, technical editing, corrections and, finally, release. Each pattern happens to be different and it is hard to predict how long will take each step. I have dual wish every time: release my work as soon as possible and release my work as best as possible, most of the time it results in delayed releases and I think I found a way to deal with it and I want to try it out: Early Access Program (EAP).

There will be an area on my site where you may see one or two patterns in “fresh baked” state. “Fresh baked” means that pattern is real but I still do not count it as finished. It will come with chart, written instructions and pictures, etc. And, sure, tested. The “final-final” pattern will include technical editing, may have more professional pictures, may even have newer title or description – all that stuff what makes me fill that pattern is ready.

 

And patterns will show up in that EAP area not only earlier but with lower price (15% off of regular price). I’ll point out what area(s) I will try to improve precisely and it will be up to you – to buy it now or wait for official release. Any way I will send updated version to everyone who participated in EAP deal.

 

So what you’ll get from this program:

  • You’ll get pattern as soon as it exists
  • Pattern will be 15% less of regular price until release time
  • You always will get released version of pattern too with no additional charge at the same day when pattern will be officially released

 

EAP Pattern will include:

  • All Charts and diagrams
  • Written instructions
  • Details pictures
  • List of materials
  • … Actually all what you used to see in any my patterns

 

Because of technical limitations, I can run this Early Access Program only on my site and on the Etsy.

These patterns will be listed as usual with “EAP” stamp on picture and additional short explanation in the description area with link to the page with all details about EAP.

Final pattern will be listed as usual and “EAP” version will disappear from the stores and EAP Patterns page.

 

Come back tomorrow, September, 30th to see my first EAP eBook (sneak peek below ;) and please let me know what do you think about this program! 

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Countdown started!

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We just booked our vacation to somewhere in paradise!!

Only 13 days left… desperately trying bring myself back into a working mood – no luck so far ;o)

But if seriously, I should receive back edited Rapunzel collection just in a few and will release it immediately. And will do my best to make Dryad vest available too.

Yes, it’s official! :)

First of all, many thanks for your patience and sorry for being away from my blog. Work on first book seems endless, but I’m pretty excited to see how it turned out and hope back to normal schedule somewhere in near future …or so ;o)

I’m so glad to letting you know that I’ve just got back edited Kristal collection, which is a part of my book, but we agreed that I’ll make it available as soon as possible ;o) Not to mention that you will see a sneak peek of book layout and find a book name on these pattern’s pages!

 

Kristal collection includes 5 designs, based on an idea to use same square motif in so many different ways—watch this lovely motif transform magically from a simple circle of stitches into an eight-petaled flower, then into a diamond, and finally into a gorgeous lace square! Work it in a single color for a pristine effect, or in combinations of different colors to highlight the changes in the pattern. Use different yarn weight and hook sizes to change the finished motif’s size. Even better, join it to other motifs as you go, and keep sewing to a minimum. As versatile as it is beautiful, the motif lends itself to several of the projects scheduled to be released this week:

 

1. Tropicana Blanket

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2. Silverlace Blanket

Sneak Peek

 

3. Petalline Dress & Beach Cover

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…. and hopefully the Dryad Scarf too—let me see.

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Wish me luck and see you pretty soon ;o)

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My all time favorite animal. What a cutie :0)

 

Wonder what is new with your book and my schedule? By the moment I feel exhausted a bit, but happy – two projects for publication are done (and third, last one is on my schedule in the middle of September). On Monday I’ll start to work on next book collection, yay!! I bet – it will be your favorite one! ;o)

But first – a little break and on my schedule for next two days… well, whatever ;o)

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A Wonderful and Lovely weekend everyone!!

 

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Thursday’s Moments. New Lens

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Yes, I know – Thursday is tomorrow, but I can’t resist to introduce my new baby – very first “adult” lens: AF_S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR.

I bet, most of my friends-photographers will laugh that I call this lens “adult”, but it’s really a first one I own and so happy with!! ;o) Many Thanks Anatoliy for the tip and Sergey for the help to find this one!!

Above is one of very fist pictures, and taken without tripod and not edited in Ps (just cropped). Now, I’m off to find out where is my tripod and play with my baby, yay!!

BTW, this is also a sneak peek of Dryad vest & jacket, but in green shades. I like green version too. Made with such soft and smooth to the touch, Shine Sport Yarn by Knit Picks, this skirt pattern can be easily turned into scarf for lady of any age. The pattern is done, but unfortunately my tech editors are not available until middle of August, so there will be a little delay with release. My apologies.  I’ll keep you updated!

And if you wonder what is my on my hook now – I’ve submitted two designs to one crochet magazine, and now working on patterns and samples to be timely… Looks as 2013 going to be exciting year with several exiting publications. So far I’ve done: a jacket design for one crochet book, 5 accessories designs for another crochet book, two designs for crochet magazine (well, in progress ;) and 1/3 of my own very first crochet book!! To be continue ;o)

My Portfolio, finally!

Even if portfolio is that “Must have” thing, I never had a chance to work on it or ever make a try. I wish I knew that to create pretty simple but stylish and elegant portfolio is possible in less than 2 days…

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… and will cost only $37! I love minimal and clean design style and felt in love with peerapong’s premium themes for WordPress immediately. Very easy customizable themes with such stylish and cool features!

Well, probably I’ll be back to work on OOAK design style of my portfolio in some of days, but so far I’m really happy with this one ;o) My portfolio is available at Alla Koval Designs (or click Portfolio in Main menu, here on My Little Citygirl)

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Also, I would like to thank you to my friends and incredibly talented artists, especially Annya Uslontseva, Alex Koloskov and Genia Larionova (and their lovely twins girls!), Natasha Titanoff, Christie Archer, Angela Owens and everyone I was lucky to met and work with! I appreciate your kindness, support, and talents very much and I am grateful for all you do.

 

Sincerely yours,
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I am back

… from a little break with my blogging and I have something to share with you!

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First, I’ve got yesterday these lovely pictures of my Rapunzel collection! This pattern includes two more designs (still need to take pictures) and will be released in a few. I’ll keep you updated.

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Another, Parfait pattern is scheduled to be released January, 16. I’m so excited about this my first 2012 Spring project, not to mention it’s our collaboration with amazing French designer and good friend of mine! Stay tuned ;o)

 

In the other news

I am so glad how 2012 is turned already busy, exciting and productive! I’ve finished a garment (and almost a pattern) for a book publication I’m participating. Yippee!! Also, I’m on half way with new crocheted blanket/cover and pattern (double Yippee, because I wanted to work on that since so long). Also I have 2 more finished Spring designs, but still need to write the patterns. And yes, I did not forget about Ethno Chic Vest and Grape Top (a crocheted version) I’ve promised. Both are already on my schedule. 

 

I am really looking forward to this year. It’s going to be a year of innovations in some ways. This is the year I plan to work my very first book (finally!! Book sneak peek is coming soon, I’m working on it). This is also the year when I would like to offer you some crochet/knit techniques I use since so long, but never was brave enough to describe them LOL (more on that soon, soon, pretty soon!!) … Well, I have so many plans and so many aspirations and really hope I can manage all of that Smile with tongue out

 

I thank you all for your support in 2011 and I wish 2012 is the best year ever for you too!
Now, get back to work!! :0)

Annie’s Attic New

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My Magnolia Lace Coat and Fluffy Clouds Blanket patterns are now available at Annie’s Attic. Couple more will be added just in a few.

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In the other news… I’ve signed 4 contacts this month, but I can’t give you more details now, uhhh LOL.

I’ve got Garden Party Hat Pattern tech edited and going to include it to Garden Party Pins Pattern. Also, this Hat pattern is still available for free – my first edited free pattern and btw, no one mistake was found in directions, but gauge and description were not the best ;o) I’ll update the pattern just in a few.

Also, I’m so enjoying working on new designs (my always favorite part ;o) and can’t wait to share them with you!

Happy Thursday everyone and TTYS!!

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