It Starts with a theme (dance & movement), then a moodboard is created to show visual continuity and inspiration. (Pinterest is great for this)
and then choices of possible fabric are selected. I went with cotton spandex, poly-rayon spandex jersey, and spandex mesh.
and if inspired, the stylized sketches, no details just, showing the style and feeling….
then the flat sketches to see design details, such as zippers or gathers…*(my kimono sleeves in the #1 flat sketch were drawn more narrow due to lack of fabric yardage for full kimono sleeves in stylized illustration) Sometimes I design with fabric economy in mind, sometimes I don’t, depends on how much fabric I have available.
…and finally the dress! I ended up going with dress #3, It’s a slight A-line dress with asymmetrical contrast mesh neckline, and short quarter sleeves. I liked the contrast neckline, also this dress used the least amount of fabric. (approx 1.5 yards total)
I’ve always wanted to do a line of dance/swimwear so this is my attempt at that, using printed knit cotton panels that I had lying around, they were originally intended to make t-shirts out of, but I think this is much cuter! Also I wanted to just try out new ideas and cuts, this beauty has a snap closure a’ la DKNY 1990’s era bodysuit. I’ll post more soon….
My next attempt will be based on this pattern….
Okay here’s the result from this pattern…as you can see I omitted the mid-back and the mid-front of this pattern. I also added the bottoms with snaps.
Check out the free sewing pattern on the PRODUCTS page! (or click on pic above) Last Fall, I started on the development of a line of sewing patterns called MOD STITCH (Modern Styles – Easy to Sew) so this is the prototype…more to come soon. Feel free to try it out! I’d appreciate any feedback you have! Thanks!
For this refashion, I was inspired by this Valentino Boutique late 70s jeweled tunic, which has an embroidered Roman God motif in cashmere. I found it on Decades’s blog, they specialize in selling high-end vintage clothing
Okay, first I do know this is an ambitious project and I didn’t have a black top to work with… but I did have this black skirt that I had no idea what to do with, perfect! it was plain solid black and would be the blank canvas to my Valentino Refashion…so with glitter and glue I was determined to try this, here’s what I did…
SKIRT BEFORE (FRONT AND BACK ARE BOTH SOLID BLACK)
This presentation was put together by Design Options 101 a color and trend forecasting service in Los Angeles. This is great for inspiration! I love this qoute from them, “The wrong color won’t sell at any price.”