I thought I’d share some inspiration with you this week. We’re in a strange in-between time with seasons where the weather doesn’t know what to do and while some countries are slowly coming out of lockdown (as we are) others are having restrictions tightened; so today I have 5 unusual design ideas for sewing that might possibly get your creative juices flowing or at least you could bookmark this post for possible use sometime in the future.
I love to browse designer looks on Pinterest and I’ve spent many a happy hour (or 2…or 3… 😉 ) collecting images. So shall we dive in? Yes, let’s!
5 Unusual Design Ideas For Sewing:
This is a Just Cavalli design from Fall 2011. To me it looks like strips of denim have been hemmed in a wavy shape…maybe with a roll hem and then placed layer upon layer. You can see the rows of stitching where each respective layer is placed on top of the previous one. And isn’t the ombre effect cool. You could replicate this by recycling pieces of worn denim and using really faded pieces for the palest parts.
This is by Ralph Rucci from his Spring 2015 show. I had a look at the other designs too and they were so lovely! This is a combination of sheer and non-sheer fabrics. I’m guessing the sheer is silk organza and it looks like flat bias tubes of the main opaque fabric are arranged on the organza and stitched through the centre in a lovely wavy design. This would be so easy to replicate on a Summer top with a sheer yoke or hem extension. I’d love to try it!
Ahhh, McQueen…wonderful!. This is from the Spring 2018 RTW show and it featured a lot of tailored looks. This gorgeous jacket is made up of various tones and scale of dogs tooth check suiting fabric (most likely wool). It’s such a fabulous effect. I’m in awe at how each strip is subtly shaped to make the jacket curve of the body. If you didn’t want to be contending with shaping the pieces as well, I think this effect could work really well on straight areas of a garment…a shift dress maybe? Or just a panel somewhere. You could use print in various scales or even textures could be combined in a monochrome colourway.
This one is by Thom Browne from his Spring 2013 collection and I think it’s a great idea that you could use for mixing subtly different prints. It looks like each fabric piece is edged with a narrow bias binding in sweeping curvy shapes. Even small peephole gaps can be left for a bit of cheeky skin exposure. Maybe use this idea on just a yoke area, a bodice or make a skirt and incorporate the wave shapes at the hemline. You could experiment with toning plain colours or prints dpeneding on what you prefer. Could be fun!
And finally, this last example is from Thierry Mugler’s Fall collection in 2015. I’ve seen similar ideas before but I love how these eyelets are arranged into specific design shapes and the metals used are of different tones (or is that just the light catching the metal?). Another garment from the same show had different scales of eyelets arranged together and that created a great effect too. It’s quite a cool idea I think and really eyecatching on the sleek white sheath dress particularly. I recieved a fancy table-top-mounted eyelet punch with many different sizes of eyelets for a present last year so if I practice with it I could maybe try this sometime.
So there we have it. I had fun putting this post together and I for one feel very inspired after doing it. Any of these ideas appeal? Let me know in comments.
Ooh and in case you’re interested I have some other posts in this series that you might like to take a look at:
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