I have been working on several things lately. Some which are still under wraps and some which are not. For ages I was working on a new shirt dress pattern and a coat. Not a traditional button front shirt dress, but a loose flowy shape with some signature details such as a back yoke and pleat. I was working on it for so long however that I somehow lost my way and after a forced break from it to decorate the sewing room I returned with a lot less enthusiasm for the general concept. I figure a further break may do it good! It has also allowed me to return to an idea that I started working on a few months ago for a pinafore dress and jumpsuit pattern. The jumpsuit was less of the idea I'll admit, but since making my Maya/Hudson mash-up it has jumped (ha ha) to the front of the queue! Following on from that make I immediately started drafting a pattern and it forced me to digitise my trouser block (I am digitising my blocks as I'm working as I find the whole process of drafting straight onto the computer so much easier now and space friendly). Trousers were definitely way down my list of priorities as it's not one of those garments I generally feel I look that nice in!
Here's some of my inspiration I've been collecting over the past year. I prefer a loose silhouette with a free waist and baggy, but slightly tapered trouser legs.
The pattern I'm working on will provide pattern pieces for a jumpsuit, dungarees, dungaree dress and woven t-shirt that all co-ordinate to form a capsule collection (hopefully). It's been one of the things I've dreamed of doing and it's hard to get everything working together whilst also keeping the pattern pieces to a minimum, but I'm happy with how it's going so far.
Anyway, lots of sampling, tweaking and long hours are hopefully not going to waste and I'm dead chuffed with how it all looks. I'm really proud of this one in the works and I can't wait to show you more, which is a bit of a contrast from the feeling I was getting from the shirt dress thingy!
More to come soon!!!! (well, a few weeks from now) ;-)