How to design your own dress... Without sewing skills!10:00 AM
Designing your own clothing may look like a really difficult thing when you have zero sewing skills. But it actually isn't. As you already might know, I'm a design enthusiast, and I do design a lot of things. I'm always drawing, creating, even doing my own prototypes of circle skirts, jewelry, etc. But one thing I'm unable to do is sewing. I'm a total dummy on sewing, and I will always fail sewing my own dresses and a bit more complicated than circle skirts designs. But I still wanted to create and wear my designs... And then light came: Why not hiring a seamstress who I could take the fabric I wanted to, explain my idea to her and who could give me some advise on how would be the best way on getting my new, unique piece to be made?
At first I thought it would be one of the most difficult tasks to do in this world. A seamstress? It would be absolutely impossible to find one, and also a very expensive thing. But anything beyond it! At least in Valencia (and I presume, most medium-sized cities and towns on this world) there're plenty of both professional and amateur seamstresses who do not only sew dresses and blouses, but will also help you fixing an unexpected hole on your favorite jeans, will shorten your pants' or party dresses hems. Finding María José was pretty easy just doing some research on the Internet and asking friends and relatives, and her workshop is just a few bus stops near home. We brought to her a few fabrics (this red Toile de Jouy fabric is actually from this fabric haul I did a long, long time ago...) and just explained to her with words and a few drawings what we had in mind for our brand new, unique clothing designs.
Apart from this super cute, vintage inspired A-line pleated Toile de Jouy dress, she also sewn a felted winter skirt which I hope I can show as soon as I start shooting winter outfits!
Have you ever brought something to a seamstress to be fixed? Do you also design clothing but do not sew them?
I was wearing:
Toile de Jouy custom-made dress
Dolce & Gabbana blue sunglasses
Vintage Birkin bag