IHere are my dress designs for Shappy Apple Dresses - a wonderful little company specializing in the production and sale of beautiful and tasteful dresses for all occasions! Just can't get enough of their "flirty" collection. I really can't get enough of any of their collections. Too amazing! Anyway, I enjoyed creating these - first, drawing the designs free-hand on some croquis; then scanning them to the computer in order to add color and pattern in Photoshop Elements. So rewarding to see them come together! It's a long shot, entering this contest at all, but it's worth a try! Regardless, I'm happy to share my ideas with you. :]
Anyone who knows me knows that I love all things retro, with a special penchant for the 1940s and '50s. :] With these eras past as my inspiration, I worked to modernize my favorite classic silhouettes with more current twists, like a waist belt or a bold pattern. I also took into consideration the projected popular colors for spring and asked myself the question: What do I want to wear this spring? These are my results.
Design 1: A simple teal jersey dress with a ruffled neckline and a bubble hem, paired with an elastic waist-belt with a metallic clasp.
Design 2: A cream-colored airy cotton-spandex sailor-inspired shift with slate-colored satiny detail and pockets hidden within its a-line skirt.
Design 3: An attached blouse-and-skirt dress with a structured floral skirt. The silk-cotton blouse includes floral lace-embroidery detail and a matching fabric belt loops around the cotton skirt's waist.
Design 4: Inspired by Maria's dress in the classic West Side Story, this ivory linen-rayon frock features an a-line skirt along with a few contemporary alterations, including an empire waist, a lace-embroidery yoke with button detail, and half-length sleeves.
Design 5: A cotton-poplin faux-wrap dress in coral with a thick empire waist with a cream rosette detail.
I don't really know if I'm breaching the parameters by including several of my designs. If so, Shabby Apple people, just pick yo fave. And the rest of you - check out Shabby Apple and see what beautiful items they already offer! I'm tellin' ya, if I weren't a broke college student...