Dance Dress Inspiration!

DanceMoodBoard_color

This is my design process, when feeling inspired.

It Starts with a theme (dance & movement), then a moodboard is created to show visual continuity and inspiration. (Pinterest is great for this)

and then choices of possible fabric are selected. I went with cotton spandex, poly-rayon spandex jersey, and spandex mesh.

dance fabric swatches

and if inspired, the stylized sketches, no details just, showing the style and feeling….Dancers2bWEBDancers1bWEB

 dancedress1WEBthen the flat sketches to see design details, such as zippers or gathers…*(my kimono sleeves in the #1 flat sketch were drawn more narrow due to lack of fabric yardage for full kimono sleeves in stylized illustration) Sometimes I design with fabric economy in mind, sometimes I don’t, depends on how much fabric I have available.dancedress2WEB

…and finally the dress!  I ended up going with dress #3, It’s a slight A-line dress with asymmetrical contrast mesh neckline, and short quarter sleeves. I liked the contrast neckline, also this dress used the least amount of fabric. (approx 1.5 yards total)

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Spring/Summer 2013 – Bohemian Minimalist

This is a mood board for lounge wear Summer 2013 for a local company in LA specializing Bridal, Evening and Loungwear.

  • eco luxury fabrics such as Bamboo, Hemp and Silk.
  • sheer and semi sheer cottons and chiffons
  • clean but not crisp – laundered cottons and silks – natural surface textures – draped & natural wrinkles
  • skintone palette
  • tiny pop of colors in floral violets, daffodil, mustard seed and poppy – also in nut palette: pistachio, pecan and hazelnut.

Influenced by Minimalism and Eco-living – with a touch of Bohemian silhouette/ accessories/ attitudes – “Neo Natural Hippie”

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New Project: T-Shirt bodywear!

Front view: has a small angled pocket on hip (photo right)

I’ve always wanted to do a line of dance/swimwear so this is my attempt at that, using printed knit cotton panels that I had lying around, they were originally intended to make t-shirts out of, but I think this is much cuter! Also I wanted to just try out new ideas and cuts, this beauty has a snap closure a’ la DKNY 1990’s era bodysuit.  I’ll post more soon….

Back view – bodysuit has snap closure

My next attempt will be based on this pattern….

Okay here’s the result from this pattern…as you can see I omitted the mid-back and the mid-front of this pattern.  I also added the bottoms with snaps.

Free Sewing Pattern!

Check out the free sewing pattern on the PRODUCTS page! (or click on pic above)  Last Fall, I started on the development of a line of sewing patterns called MOD STITCH (Modern Styles – Easy to Sew) so this is the prototype…more to come soon. Feel free to try it out!  I’d appreciate any feedback you have!
Thanks!

Gaby

Vintage Valentino -inspired- Refashion

For this refashion, I was inspired by this Valentino Boutique late 70s  jeweled tunic, which has an embroidered Roman God motif in cashmere. I found it on  Decades’s blog, they specialize in selling high-end vintage clothing 


Okay, first I do know this is an ambitious project and I didn’t have a black top to work with… but I did have this black skirt that I had no  idea what to do with, perfect! it was plain solid black and would be the blank canvas to my Valentino Refashion…so with glitter and glue I was determined to try this, here’s what I did…


SKIRT BEFORE (FRONT AND BACK ARE BOTH SOLID BLACK)

AFTER

GUY GENIE

my genie guy

WHEN FRONT IS DRY….

WHITE DOTS ARE STRAY GLITTER
WHITE DOTS ARE STRAY GLITTER

VOILA! Vintage Valentino inspired glitter skirt!

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