Presenting my second dress design for Shabby Apple dresses -
Fabric & Color: I would love this dress in a super lightweight stretch wool. Just a hint of stretch for comfort and shape. For all my dresses I consulted the official Pantone Spring 2010 Color Guide. I wanted this dress in a neutral color and loved the dark, taupy Tuscany. I think the tiny pinstripe in Pink Champagne would be perfect. Silk lining in Dried Herb would give the perfect pop of color for the inside of the collar and walking pleat.
Design Inspiration: I adore a retro silhouette! Too many sheath dresses today are sleeveless, which for me makes them unwearable so I definitely wanted to conjure up a dress solving that problem. Like many designers right now, I was inspired by the style on Mad Men. Buttoned up with a touch of sexy. I also love Asian styles so I incorporated the Mandarin collar but made it more curvy and opened the neckline to be more flattering. I wanted a neutral dress that could become a canvas for any woman to accessorize and still have enough detail and savvy to stand on its own. I think this would look great with a thick or thin belt, boots or sandals, layered necklaces or simple earrings.
Presenting my third dress design for Shabby Apple Dresses...
Fabric & Color: Perfect for a soft, lightweight, cotton/rayon/spandex blend. This dress would work great in neutral colors but for the design contest I really liked the vibrancy of Violet and Turquoise in the Pantone Official Spring 2010 color guide. They're just so perfect for spring!
Design Inspiration: My main inspiration was the site of so many sleeveless, strapless, and halter-necked maxi dresses I saw running around this summer, with t-shirts underneath them to provide coverage. Not a good look, in my humble opinion. I found a maxi dress similar to this one but had to tweak the sleeves and always wear a camisole to provide coverage. I wanted something you wouldn't have to layer or modify and with more details to help dress it up. It can be thrown on with sandals and be comfortable all day but also take you out at night, depending on the accessories.