This is the first official fashion post reveal of #SewAmalfi! If you followed along with the process of my designing a mini collection for my Amalfi Coast trip, this is the first official reveal of one of my designs.
I created a few fun fabric designs for this mini collection, and even though I designed more prints than what I was able to make, I did still use the most special ones. Lets talk about the inspiration and design process behind this dress and what I thought of the final piece!
The fabric was the starting point for this design as it was the main design feature. The inspiration for this print came from the pictures I had seen of Positano (the town we were staying in in the Amalfi Coast) and the beautiful colored houses cascading up the mountain. I wanted to mirror that idea, while still being playful and fun. A rainbow brick pattern would do the trick, while still tying into bright colors of the rest of the collection. I drew the watercolor bricks on my iPad pro, with an Apple Pencil, in the Adobe Paint app. Although its not as ‘romantic’ in feel as painting real watercolor, it’s far more efficient for making a repeat pattern!
Once I had the rainbow brick repeat made and the fabric ordered through Spoonflower, I drafted my own simple dress pattern with a faux wrap front, high slit and side zip. I wanted a really simple design. It needed to highlight the print and be wearable for day or night, and be comfortable after I had eaten several large bowls of pasta. I chose to embellish the dress with brown tortoiseshell buttons to ground the playfulness of the print. The contrast takes the dress away from being a Disney costume and makes it more suitable for the Amalfi coast.
I’m so happy with this dress and hope I can find another event to wear it to again soon! It is extremely comfortable given the simple 90’s cut and easy length. It’s probably a bit bright for my regular Trader Joes trips, but I can find a few places to wear it as long as the weather stays warm for a few more months! What do you think, would you wear this dress?
And don’t forget to see how the whole #SewAmalfi series comes together through these posts: