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Too much of a good thing

2012 March 13
by elizabeth_admin

I am lost in design land.  Please send a search party and tell them to force me to make a decision.  I have spent way too much time coloring.  I have 10 more pages I could fill.

This. Must. Stop.


Send reinforcements!  Stat!

15 Responses leave one →
  1. March 13, 2012

    I love these little drawings! So cute.

    I personally like row 3, column 3 in the orange/purple dresses and row 2 column 3 in the pink/orange/purple dresses.

  2. March 13, 2012

    You know this always happens when a woman has too many choices. Make two – that should satisfy your blocking hunger.

  3. March 13, 2012

    Well, this is the sort of thing with which one gets carried away quite easily. However, remember these nice little drawings represent a body. Yours, once the dress is finished. I own a basic book on fashion drawing which has an entire page on seam placement and it’s effect on the overall silhouette (I’m happy to scan that page and email it to you, just let me know). And, to be honest, I can see that effect at work in these sketches. As I see it, those low (well below the hipline) horizontal seams make the figure look shorter and bottom-heavy. Those placed at the hip place emphasis there, which would be a no-no for a pear shaped lady but could ‘balance’ an apple shape (if you believe in the balancing one’s look theory…). Along the same line, in the three-colour ones, having the darker colour at the waist makes it visually smaller. And the curved and asymmetrical ones add interest and can work wonders to camouflage any of those tiny bits of asymmetry which all our bodies show…
    Oh, and before I forget. I suppose you will also use those colourblocking seamlines to shape the garment… this may mean you have to have seams in some places.

  4. March 13, 2012

    Fun! This is what happens to me when I design skating costumes – I probably draw out about 15-30 and finally settle on one or two designs I like, then look for fabrics. Or I have fabrics and try to think of the best way to utilize them.

    In any case, from the first picture I like:
    top row right
    bottom row left
    bottom row right

    From the second picture I like:
    middle row left
    middle row right

    Do you have enough fabric to make 2 or 3 dresses? Because it you do, you totally should!

  5. March 13, 2012

    I love the absolute last one on the first picture/page. 🙂

  6. March 13, 2012

    I really like the 1st one on the second row of the Blue/Pink/Orange. I use coloring also as I don’t have Photoshop.

  7. Elaray permalink
    March 13, 2012

    I know you didn’t ask, but I like the last design on the orange and purple page. The slanted seam line adds visual interest and the color blocking is not overdone.

  8. March 13, 2012

    But so therapeutic… Page 1, bottom right is my tuppence worth

  9. Jodie permalink
    March 13, 2012

    Well…wow…colouring is so calming sometimes you know?

    Well, I like row 5 (from the top) the left one.

  10. March 13, 2012

    I should do this, er, should I ever decide to make something more interesting than pretty fabric! Of course, I would have to make the shape of my actual body, not the one I want.

  11. March 13, 2012

    I agree with Rachel. I love the version in the middle row of the second page all the way to the left.

  12. March 14, 2012

    Page two, top right for me. I take it back about not using the navy!

  13. March 14, 2012

    The Stella McCarthy colour block dress of sharp central panel and dark sides has taken off for a reason. It is incredibly flattering and creates an illusion of being thin. I’d go for this look with your colour idea.

  14. Judi permalink
    March 14, 2012

    Planning is fun!!! Personally, I like the ones with 3 color combinations.

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