I personally don't care for skirts and dresses that make me feel matronly. You know what I'm talking about. I've got a few which are sadly hanging in my closet. So when I saw that Shabby Apple was holding their second Dare To Design contest, I thought I'd break out the sketch book. My closet could sure use more fun and maybe a cool, pretty dress could start the party.
First of all, I wanted a dress that I could wear. Comfortably. Something that I could play in (with children) if I wanted to dress it down. Something that I could wear on a date (without children) if I wanted to dress it up. So, yes I did dare to design a dress. And here she is, my dress design for Shabby Apple Dresses. As soon as the Halloween costume demands have been met, I think I'll start sewing up this little number.
- Peter Pan collar. Love these. They exude youth and playfulness, and what says "Spring" more than youth and playfulness? Well, maybe a row of chicks nestled among the freshly dew'ed crocuses... but I digress.
- Tucks running down the front. I'm a sucker for tucks. Pin tucks, wide tucks, any tuck will do. Chickies tucked in tulips... Oh, dear.
- Cap sleeves. Because cap sleeves always make me feel put-together and tailored. Plus, I may be slightly anti puffed sleeves. They were great for Anne (with an e) but not so much for myself.
- Flared skirt. I sketched this first as a pencil skirt, but it was so business-like. Adding the flares gave it a playful feel, almost flirty. And with the right "swishy" fabric, ooh, this would be a fun dress to walk (and frolic) in.
- A couple of extra-flared back skirt panels. Because everybody likes to look cute while they're walking away.
- Zipper down the back. Or maybe down the side. Whatever. But you've got to be able to get in and out of the thing.
- Fabric ideas... Something that moves (think swishy!) and doesn't show crazy wrinkles. The sketch shows a pale yellow with white polka-dots. But I also love a good earthy green or a deep lilac. I have even envisioned this dress with tiny stripes of yellows, greens and greys. As long as the collar stays crisp and white. If I could find a spring-colored cloche hat, I would make the dress any color it needs to be to match it. Aaah, I was a happy girl when I started seeing 20s fashion making its way into the local shops.
ps. I love a dress that I don't have to send to the cleaners.
**A big thanks to Shauna for all your help! You pretty much rock.**