When I was staying at my friend’s house in Charlotte, I did a little babysitting for her while she taught some of her yoga classes. The girls were busy playing so I decided to make her little girl a dress.
Her mom had some cute quilting fabrics and a sewing machine in her craft room, so I scoured the net for some inspiration.
I have many girls sewing tutorials collected from the net on my Girls sewing tutorials Pinterest board.
If you read kiddie sewing blogs you may recognize this gathered pocket tutorial
However, I lined the pocket instead of hemming it.
I didn’t want two lines of stitching on the pocket once I sewed it down.
The bodice was inspired by the spring ruffle top tutorial at Made By Rae.
As designers, we are inspired by so many other sources and tutorials.
I have always wondered, if you are inspired by someone else’s tutorial, use it but then change it, do you consider it a new design?
I do sometimes.
I asked that question years ago to my design teacher at FIDM. She told me that in the fashion industry something is a new design when it is changed only 10 percent.
Personally, I think it needs to be more like 30%.
1She explained that there really are no original designs in the fashion industry. Everyone is inspired by something else. Design just evolves.
There are those who seem to notice the trends before others and get them out there first.
That’s what we were aiming for back then.
To get the styles out before everyone else.
It was a lot of pressure.
I see so many bloggers who start out with say, a Colette pattern, but then they change it so completely that they create a whole new design.
What they have done is use that pattern as a design block to make a new design.
It’s become their own, original design at that point.
If you do this often, well then you are a designer too, my friend!
Not that there is anything bad just being a seamstress.
When I watch shows like Project Runway I am
always a little miffed when they call someone “Just a seamstress”.
It’s so arrogant.
Anyone who picks their own fabrics, trims, and patterns to go with them is essentially designing their own original dress as far as I am concerned.
Drafting your own basic dress and design blocks isn’t very hard.
Especially for children’s designs.
I am considering doing some tutorials about drafting your own blocks so you can create your own original designs.
Tracing patterns, cutting them out and sewing them up only to find the fit is off is such a drag.
But I’m not giving up on patterns.
They are fun to work with too.
I have an Oliver & S sailor pant and top on my shelf calling my name!
It’s just nice to have an alternative to having to use other people’s patterns for everything.
This is a super easy dress pattern to draft up. It’s all based on the chest measurement.
If you would like to see a tutorial to make this pattern for yourself, stop by later this week. I’m working on another one for Gigi.
So what do you think about my thoughts on when does a design become a new design ?
I took these photos at the Hominy Grill in Charleston.
If you watch that travel show with Anthony Bourdain called No Reservations, you may have seen the restaurant featured.
Their specialties are Southern Soul Food.
OMG, it is the best!