Ladies and gentlemen, let me present my entry for the Pink Challenge by Project Sewn.
Let me tell you the story behind this project. When I first told my daughter about the Pink Challenge, her immediate reaction was – does it have to be PINK?!? So we compromised, and compromised some more…. And TADA! Here is the result:
I chose a beautiful black, white and pink cotton border print from Fabric Mart that I purchased a while back. BTW, I LOVE these guys! I think they satisfy a tiny gambling tendency in me. Their stock changes so quickly that you always feel like a winner when you come across something really nice, and they DO have some nice fabric!
I loved the way black and white design brings pink flowers out. It reminded me of the technique photographers use for monochromatic images with added spot of color effect to create a focal point. As I was sewing up the dress, my concern grew bigger – what if it isn’t pink ENOUGH for the challenge contest? I started thinking up the ways to “pink up” the dress, one bit at a time. First, I sewed pink Swarovski crystals to embellish some of the printed flowers on the bodice:
There is even a small pink crystal inside every ribbon embroidered flower I used on the top of the bodice to add some dimension. Did you notice that there is a lot of dimension in fashion these days, from quilted panels in skirts and jackets to beautiful jacquard textures?
I used the pink edge of fabric border to accentuate the waist.
It still didn’t seem pink enough, however I was making this for someone who DOES NOT WEAR PINK. My only options were to add pink to hidden and invisible parts of the dress, in other words lining and zipper. Pinks look different in this photo because this shot was taken inside my sewing room, but all pinks match very nicely.
At the end, all is good. We are both happy with this dress, and I even got a happy dance. 🙂
I will post a few more details on the dress construction in a couple of days. I do like my garments to be pretty on the inside and this one is no exception. 🙂 This week has been a challenge and it is topped by Valentine’s Day commotion AND my birthday on Sunday. There is some hinting that I might get a better camera for my birthday! Yay! So I will get to practice taking better pictures for this blog.
I also want to thank everyone who voted for me in the last round, this is such an honor to share my creations with you! This is a baby blog and it still needs a lot of love and care in setting up all proper introductions and links. I have a lot of ideas and plans for that so I hope to see you checking in from time to time.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!