It is Monday night. I have dinnered, showered, and am now sitting at my desk. I won’t lie, I’m in a bit of a grouchy mood. There is a frustrating draft coming out of the front door that has forced me to crave a hot milo…but if i want one i’ll have to unwrap the fridge, de-tarp the pantry shelves, and head outside to boil the kettle. Whilst such a reality may suggest that I live in some sort of tent city or cleverly plastic wrapped haven, the truth is that my parent’s house is in the middle of a fairly messy renovation. This means no kitchen, no appliances, and no upstairs access without greeting an oppressive sheet of blue tarp. It also means that my work desk has been relocated to a small, drafty nook near the front door. Fantastic.
But as frosty as my working location may be, this rudely placed desk is where all the fun happens. The planning, practicising, perusing – and range of other productive tasks that begin with the letter ‘p’, all occur right here. It’s here that I developed the first dress for ‘i make. you wear it.’, a piece specially designed to fit Rosanna Alexander.
So how does my design process work? Well, I start by considering the figure I am working with, and then sketch out a range of styles and silhouettes that compliment the figure. From there, I have a thorough think about the model I am making the dress for. I strive to find out color preferences, personality traits, and brainstorm images that come to mind when I think of them (this is where my questionnaire thing comes in really handy!).
For Rosanna’s dress, I did take a bit of a literal approach in my use of a rose motif – but this did have more meaning than my mind going, “ooo her name sounds like it has the word ‘rose’ in it…first dress done!’. Rosie is a vibrant, lovely, fun-pot, and the inclusion of the bright flowers really sought to exemplify this. Similarly, so did the style! The bits of netting, and almost ‘chorus line’ style/length of the dress were inspired by Rosie’s past moments as a dancer…and I think this element really made the dress! It sauced up what could have potentially looked like the fabric-y love-child of a hawaiian shirt collector and a marie antoinette enthusiast…
When it finally came to making the dress, I was excited to see how things would change and evolve in the moment. This occurred almost immediately when I realised that my initial design for the bodice was just not going to work because (in truth) it was just a little ugly. I fixed it though, and it thankfully turned out quite pretty.
Ultimately, I was really pleased with the frock. If i deduct the 20 minute dinner break I took from the overall time it took to make the dress (and I’m going to!), the dress took just under 3 hours to make. In future I’m going to strive to defy these time boundaries even more powerfully…I’m going to sew so fast that my fingers are going to look like the legs of a well-trained Olympian (miniature ones, of course).
So, it’s a little bit late now and whilst I’m still a little perked up from a caramello bear and a packet of ovalteenies (they’re still the bomb: even if they are half the size of the ones in my youth) I feel I should bid you goodnight…so i will!
night lovelies. xoxox