Designing in my head
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!