I issued a fashion design challenge a week and a half ago, and then some thoughts on design about a week ago. Today, I figured I would share what I have been doing in relation to those posts.
The first three designs were guided by three words that were semi-related to each other.
This was my design off of the words: literary, knowledge, and wisdom
Bubbles, summer, and laughter were the springboards for this design.
Grave, severe, and silent was the name of the game here.
Creating designs off of the inspiration of words was an interesting exercise and a learning experience. I don't think that these designs really epitomize what I think someone who could be characterized by the words I chose would wear. But they did give me a start and a catalyst for a design, whether or not it really fits the original description. I think I will continue practicing with the exercise and consider the group of words as part of a script as if I was designing the wardrobe of a character in a play.
I also did up three designs specifically for the blog with rationing in mind.
I actually had to edit this design because it came out pretty much exactly like a design from the 1940's! Whoops! With these three designs, I tried to keep the aesthetic of the 1940's in mind more than trying to portray something as obviously skimping on material. Besides, despite the restrictions imposed on the garment industry, designers wanted to create beautiful designs that did not obviously broadcast the skimping and saving going on due to rationing.
I know my photos are really bad, but pencil drawings don't like to be photographed! What my intent with this design is to show an evening gown with a conservative skirt with a tulle overlay as tulle and lace were not rationed. The bodice features the sweetheart neckline and gathered shoulders that were common details during the war years.
Fairly short sleeves on this dress to conserve fabric, although the length was usually fairly generous. To add interest a unique neckline and cummerbund. The skirt is fairly to save on fabric. Common sizes on pattern envelopes included 35 and 39 inch fabric widths.
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