Are all you peeps following me on Snapchat? @TheStyleSafari
If so, you have watched my progress as I worked on designing and sewing this mixed print dress. All of the fabrics are mine- you will recognize them from this post– and I mixed a few of them together to create this modern take on a classic shirtdress.
Lately the way I have been designing is completely in my head, as opposed to sketching out and coloring something up first. I like drawing as a point of release for me, but it’s actually not part of my creative process. I can see something in my head almost completely, and I don’t like to mess up that vision with a poor-quality sketch that I threw together. The worst part about that is showing that drawing to my husband and saying…. “hey- this is what I want to make. Isn’t is gorgeous? Won’t it be worth my time?” When non-visual people see things like that they freak out, which makes me freak out, and then shy away from the project altogether.
This time I decided to just go for it, make the dress, even though I wasn’t exactly sure which pattern I was going to place where. I laid all of the fabrics out on my floor and envisioned piece by piece, unsure of how it would turn out. The only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted a simple black and white stripe to provide a highlight from the green and pink, and to add a funkier vibe to the more romantic silhouette.
I am so proud of how this dress came out! I haven’t sewn a collar or button holes in about 8 years so that was really a test of my skill set, but with a slow and steady pace and my trusty iron, I made it work :)
What do you think? I would love your feedback!
Fabrics are available for sale on Spoonflower, in many different fabric bases. Aquazurra shoes (on sale, gold version here), Lily and Laura bracelets.