Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Designer Interpretations - Fabric Inspired

I don't want to sew pieces of a wardrobe.  I don't want to figure out how to make 5 or 6 pieces work with each other.  I know that in times past, I've extolled the virtues of wardrobe sewing and I've even wallowed like a pig in mud, dreaming up and constructing wardrobes...but right now...I don't want to sew that way.  So I won't be finishing up a 6pack...cause I don't want to. 


Now...right now...I'm inspired by designer garments.  This fall season is offering up so many delicious pieces made with wonderful details in amazing fabrics.  I want to make those things.  My mind is overflowing with creativity caused by all of those glossy pictures in the fall magazines featuring the best of the designer collections.  The garments that cause me to go crawling around in my fabric collection pulling out pieces of fabric to then add to a TNT pattern and coming up with my own designer inspired creation.  


Today's designer inspired piece is based upon Salvatore Ferragamo's Fall Line. EricaB has highlighted it and there have been three to five page ad layouts in most of the September magazines.  I love the silhouettes the designer, Giornetti, used but mostly I absolutely ADORE his use of black and white houndstooth.  He has recycled a classic fabric into new silhouettes that have sent my creative spirit into overdrive.


So I found this fabric in the collection:




It's a take on the classic houndstooth pattern in black and white that I've used with my TNT dress pattern...and a black petersham ribbon.




I also added a little piping to the neckline:


  
An invisible zipper to the back...
and I got a great pattern match here...


And that's as far as I got Sunday evening before I packed it in for the night.  The dress still needs to be hemmed and the armholes finished.  Both are things that I can finish up this weekend so I will have a new dress to wear to work next week...when the weather finally starts to act like it's fall.  


BTW, I've taken the Leather-Look dress apart...I need to cut out the silk organza pieces and stitch them to the dress before I reassemble it.  I also found some brown leather-like piping from Daytona Trimmings to add to the neckline and armhole...so this dress has become a little more involved.  And Toy, the dress is to wear to an after work event...I wanted something a little funkier, trendy and fun...I thought this fabric would make a dress that would fit the bill.


...as always, more later!





19 comments:

  1. I love the print, and I love your inspiration! The dress is beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful dress, great job on that matching. I'm a sucker for houndstooth, and I love the extra touches you put with it.

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  3. What a fabulous dress. Great job on the matching. g

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  4. I love how you switch gears to suit your desires and your nature. That's a great creative skill.

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  5. I think wardrobe planning/SWAPS etc are good for when you are short on clothes. But in your case you have abundance so you can make one offs. Especially when it is a dress as it doesn't have to match anything else to be worn. This latest dress is just perfect!

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  6. Beautiful dress! And good for you! Do what makes your heart sing!

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  7. The dress looks beautiful so far. Love how the classy fabric is combined with black trim. And the finishing looks so nice and clean.

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  8. I love your designer inspired sewing, much more than sensible mix and match pieces. It's exciting and inpiring. Your pattern match down the back of this dress is impressive. I like the piping too. It's just a small touch, but it helps to elevate the dress to something special.

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  9. That dress is supercool - it's sharp and chic, fashiony but also classic. Can't wait to see it on you!

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  10. Perfect work dress! The designers are really inspiring me this year as well. Can't wait to get knocking some things off.

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  11. I'm echoing Shams-do what makes your heart sing. Love that fabric and can't wait to see the completed dress.

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  12. I love the fabric on this dress. While I do look forward to what you come up with for 6-packs/SWAPs etc, I really enjoy reading about what you do with your TNT dress to take designer's ideas and make them your own. Often you pick up a detail that I missed seeing in the photos and then I need to go back and look again.

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  13. Nice dress! I've finished making basics for awhile and have several art garments planned. Dries van Noten has inspired me to make jackets using several different fabrics much like your DvN dress and LindseyT's top. Thanks for sharing your inspirations and creative thoughts as they really help me expand my sewing thoughts.

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  14. Love this dress. How did you get such a good match with the zipper? Is there a special technique you use to match such a long seam in so many places? Basting? Or just take you time....

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  15. Looks great! I still sew SWAP stuff since I stopped buying ready to wear and I find I don't have enough basics, but one-offs are my favorite thing to make.

    I got into some of the shows for SS2012 at Fashion Week here and it was really inspiring.

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  16. I think that sewing what inspires you is definitely the way to go! I love the houndstooth look. I am a little dubious of my own ability to get the pattern matching as perfectly as you have done but I would definitely like to make something like this. Your dress is going to look very chic!

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  17. Cool dress! I think houndstooth is on everyone's list.

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  18. Love your houndstooth dress. Can you give us some tips on how to match plaids with an invisible zipper?

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  19. Wow, this is a wonderful dress!

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