This month’s design challenge got off to a very bumpy start. Like driving over the world’s largest speed bump kind of start. For you kiwi’s out there a speed bump is a judder bar.
Technology is fabulous, but sometimes it takes a little getting used to and sometimes I am convinced that all devices are just plain out to get me. My husband swears it isn’t true, but he is fluent in code and geek and would not understand the struggles of enthusiastic end users like me. We want to try it all; we love technology, but we want it to work perfectly all the time. It is after all a computer -not ‘only human’.
TECH AS A TOOL
I was very excited to get a Surface Pro recently. I immediately started personalizing my menus, loading my apps and programs and settling into the new tech. I even decided to try sketching right on the touch screen with the handy pen. The results are above. I would definitely say I need more time to master this tool. It did not help that I was trying to complete the illustrations in the back seat of our car on the way to a conference in Toronto. Luckily I do not suffer from car sickness. The pen is marvelous, and I love how I can switch between computer and tablet mode. With practice and experimentation, I think my sketches will look great. But for now here are my back seat bumpy illustrations.
They would have been up sooner but technical issues with Wi-Fi while on the road caused a slight delay. Computers: love them, hate them, nah-still love them.
NARROWING IT DOWN
There were three main factors that helped me narrow down my designs. The designs with the yellow ‘X’ were the first to get the chop!
- Would the dress be suitable for a holiday party with friends?
- Would I like to wear the dress?
- Would the fabric suit the style of dress I have illustrated or am I fighting against its natural characteristics?
So I had narrowed the possibilities for the illustrations down by half but I needed to whittle it down to two choices. I had some designs I liked more than others but was very curious what the blog readers thought. I filmed a Periscope broadcast in which I asked the participants opinions on the designs. It was a lot of fun and through the comments during the broadcast and those on social media later the two finalists were chosen. Click below to see the Periscope broadcast.
THE FABULOUS FABRICS
This month’s challenge was to design a dress I could wear to host a holiday wine and cheese party for friends. I wanted festive but not too obvious. It would be nice to wear it on another occasion, and if I embellish Rudolf eating a candy cane on the dress, it would limit the number of times it could be worn (to never). On the plus side, my friends would get a great laugh out of seeing me wearing an outfit like that, though.
I chose a red fabric that has tiny feathers on it. The feathers on the red fabric are not printed but rather woven into the fabric. These feathers add interest to the fabric as in certain light they have a sheen.
The second fabric is black and has a pattern on it that seems to be a cross between a zebra print and a palm leaf. The black fabric has transparent portions and raised black areas that form the print.
The first design uses the red feather fabric as well as the sheer black fabric. The sheer black fabric would be at the shoulders and peeking out from the top layer of the skirt. The floaty skirt will capitalize on the soft handle of the fabric and show off the feather motifs to its best advantage.
The second design uses the sheer black fabric and a nude lining. The features of the garment are embroidery on one side of the dress. If I can find the right sequins, I was thinking of attaching these in this area. I was toying with the idea of adding a bit of the red colour in the back of the dress either with the sequins or with an exposed zipper. I will have to see how I feel while constructing the garment…..if it is the one that wins.
I cannot wait to see what designs you vote for this month and what garment I will be making for my holiday party. Stay tuned this month when I plan the party with home-made invitations, food, beverages and more.
Voting closes November 16th at 7 pm EST. Thanks for voting!