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Designing in my head

2011 March 11
by elizabeth_admin

Or how my head exploded.  As I mentioned yesterday, I bought some fabric to coordinate with a floral I had in my stash for Katie’s birthday dress.  As a reminder, here are the two fabrics again…

The colors were a dead on match, but I wasn’t sure if the two styles clashed.  It was all I could think about yesterday, so I fooled around with PowerPoint for a few minutes and came up with these ideas.  (FYI, I have some navy cotton in my stash, so I added it too to the mix.)

Once I arrived home and compared the fabrics together, I realized I really didn’t like them together.  They were definitely too dissonant.  The sweetness of the floral didn’t agree with the modernity and spareness of the abstract stripes even though the colors matched exactly.  So I came up with an alternative that uses only the floral and a bit of lace.

I know it looks really simple, but the fabric is gorgeous and the print will bring out the color of Katie’s eyes.  A dress shouldn’t take away from the child, but accentuate the child.  I think this dress will do just that.

I really enjoyed designing on the computer.  I am such a visual person that doing it only in my head wasn’t working for me.  I needed to see the fabrics together.  It was a lot of fun to see it come together.  I cut out the fabric last night and will sew it up tonight.  There was a lot of math involved, not my favorite thing to do, but I wanted to get it right.  Remember, measure twice, cut once.

Happy sewing everyone!

9 Responses leave one →
  1. March 11, 2011

    I think you’ve made the right decision there. That green and white stripe is very powerful – in danger of overpowering the flowers?

  2. March 11, 2011

    My favorite mockup is the floral bodice, blue skirt, and striped hem. You’re right that the floral and stripe can’t be next to each other. You can’t go wrong with lace!

  3. March 11, 2011

    Humm hard decision. I think that I like the mix of the floral bodice and blue skirt and floral hem with a bit of lace. I am looking forward seeing the dress.

  4. March 11, 2011

    That’s a handy to use power point. You are so smart.

  5. March 11, 2011

    I think I’m the lone voice of dissent. I think the stripe should be next to the floral, and that it would make a great modern toddler dress. But the bottom ruffle should be much more gathered than the pink ruffle in yesterday’s post (which will also soften the stripes). I’d also use the navy to add piping between the elements.

  6. March 11, 2011

    I agree with Debbie, and her suggestion about the ruffle is spot-on. The floral and stripe together are a very classic-contemporary look, but I think the lace both gets a bit lost and also detracts from the bright, clear floral print.

  7. March 12, 2011

    I really like the simplicity of the lace. And I think you’re right – Katie should wear the dress, not the other way round.

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