Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Project run and play week #3 - design your own fabric

design your own fabric project run and play


 For this week's Project Run and Play, we were tasked with designing our own fabric. I decided to take this project quite literally and design some fabric at Spoonflower! I have always wanted to do this and I have been playing around on Inkscape, drawing delphiniums (my fave flower) so that became my theme! You can read a bit about the design process on my guest post at Sew McCool. I will add a bit more details here, however, just for fun.  I spent hours making these pictures. Literally hours and hours. Probably 12 hours in all, over the course of a week. This was not a simple process.  I hand drew those delphinium flowers that you see on the bodice and colored each petal individually in Inkscape. I painstakingly added each stamen.  I used the controlZ keystroke (undo) a lot!



As you can see, each petal is a slightly different shape.  


One of the reasons I love flowers is for how perfectly unperfect they can be.  They never have completely uniform parts.   After I made these individual flowers and created the fabric for the bodice, I then moved on to the skirt fabric.  
perfect party dress

For the skirt fabric, I cut and pasted and resized the flowers to achieve the look of one delphinium stalk.  For the stalks, I also removed the dark blue outline I had put around the bodice fabrics flowers.  So, the skirt flowers have a softer look.  



The leaves were also hand drawn.


 When the fabric arrived, I was pretty sure I was going to make a Tie Dye Diva Perfect Party dress with it.   Because fabric from Spoonflower is pricey, I chose to get the least expensive option, the basic combed cotton.  The fabric resembles sheeting fabric in it's sheerness and wrinkle factor.  So, I knew I would need to line the bodice. However, I was unsure what to do with the skirt!


Until I saw this Barbie


I cannot show you a pic because I don't want to get in trouble with Mattel, but please be sure to click on the link to see Mad Men Betty Draper Barbie, my inspiration!


For, you see, this project is also going to be part of a Tie Dye Diva/ Handmade Dress Haven blog hop for how to use the Perfect Party Dress pattern in unique ways.  ( I will tell you more about that tomorrow).  So, voila, the Betty Draper-inspired Perfect Party Dress.



See! It's the same pose!  Isn't she cute, my little Eliza!



 Tomorrow, I will tell you more about the pin tucks, the tulle underskirt, and the double-gathered waistband I made for this dress.  In the meantime, here are some outtakes from our photo shoot.


 One tulle underskirt is so boring! How about adding a few more tutus and some bloomers!


This is her "what does a model look like" pose.

Big sister was the stylist for the shoot. 

Cute girls!


More posing like models.  














24 comments:

  1. So sweet! I can't believe you designed the fabric! Great job!

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    1. Thank you! It was really fun and I hope to do more.

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  2. Kathy, it's absolutely lovely! And those girls of your and their posing. LOL You have such pretty girls! :)

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  3. Gorgeous!!!

    And I kid-you-not I made an under-skirt, too! Did you mention it on FB or Instagram? Because I'll totally give you the credit for influencing me if you did -- I only decided yesterday to add it.

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    1. Aw, how fun! I influence people! LOL Love it.

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  4. That is gorgeous fabric that you designed!
    http://xoxograndma.blogspot.com/

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  5. oh how fun! I can't believe you designed the fabric- it's amazing! I have a feeling Spoonflower will be seeing more of me. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog. Happy sewing!

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    1. Thank You Celina! I agree, spoonflower is fun!

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  6. Just beautiful! I LOVE how your flowers matched up so perfectly on the back of the bodice, the whole dress is stunning.

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  7. Beautiful fabric and your daughter looks beautiful in the dress too! I like the bloomers :)
    Deborah @ Sew Much To Give

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    1. Thanks Deborah. Those were made for a different outfit, a period design. She was just being silly yesterday!

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  8. ha ha love the posing like models... my son does that sometimes ;o) I used spoonflower once.. love the fabric... it was pricey though. This dress is just perfect for spring! Love the theme this week. Emily@nap-timecreations.com

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  9. That is so very cute! I love to print fabric at Spoonflower, too, but it is very spendy. You really need a special project for it, and I think you do that. :) Oh, and if you get to wanting to design a lot, getting a Wacom pen/tablet is really helpful. I love mine!

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    1. oh I would love one of those tablets!!

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  10. That fabric is beautiful! I really need to try out Spoonflower! Great job

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  11. Wow! I am in awe! What a beautiful dress, one she'll treasure forever!

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  12. That is beautiful! I love the fabric you designed! Amazing job. =) I particularly love this dress with the extra tutus and bloomers underneath. =)

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  13. Lovely fabric, dress, model and... big sister! <3
    Irene

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  14. So beautiful! The fabric is lovely (:

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