"The sky's the limit!" Usually said to spur one to "think outside the box" and not limit one's creativity. At the same time, having a few "obstacles" or limitations can actually be freeing and be a catalyst for more creativity.
As others have pointed out, fashion designers during WWII were limited in the resources that could be used for each garment, and yet with that challenge, they succeeded in providing feminine and stylish designs.
Having a few set guidelines that govern a design can actually be helpful to find ways to "think outside the box."
I might decide that a design should use a limited amount of materials, making it more economical for me to create test samples and more economical for someone seeking to make their own clothes. But the challenge exists to make the design interesting with details to make up for the lack of lavishness.
I might also decide that the garment should be simple to construct. This would benefit me and customers with faster construction times or just an easier project for a beginner. At the same time, the design has to have some point of interest to make it desirable.
I have a hard time coming up with a complex design. Part of this may have to do with the fact that I generally prefer simple silhouettes in my own wardrobe.
Leave me a comment below with a few words to use as guidelines for a design, such as ocean, beach, and waves or practicality and ruggedness. I will create a design using those guidelines and share it in another blog post.
I can't wait to hear what ideas you have! And I look forward to incorporating them into their own designs.
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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