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Dream Sewing

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What do you dream of while your sleeping? Amy once wrote that she fell asleep thinking about the pattern shapes of garments, or underwear. What’s on my mind when the “z’s” hit is a little less technically and a little more inspirational. I think of the things I would make if I had all the time, money, and materials in the world. “Oh, I’d make that… with this fabric… and attach this trim… and sew this bias binding….” I imagine it all because, hey, it’s my imagination and anything goes.

This imaginary creation (mood board is first image – sketch is second image) would be a simple A-line dress. Made with a lightweight wool (no, not cotton), it would have a cap sleeve and a lace panel inserted at the CF (for modesty, I’m not a cleavage type of girl). Pockets, of course, but other than that, that’s it. Simple, simple, simple… Audrey Hepburn… that’s what I am going for.

With all this pent up sewing mojo I have lately (I’ve been sewing up a storm!), I might get around to making this! Until then, I’ll keep dreaming.

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    Natasha Estrada

    http://www.moodfabrics.com/fashion-fabrics/wool/twill/twill-74013.html

    And some kind of lace backed with silk organza so you can use a more delicate lace yet still getting the structure you need.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      That color of wool twill is divine. Buttery and creamy.

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    hannah

    I love the A-line dress you’ve drawn there. Lately I’ve also been feeling the boxier silhouettes, there’s something oddly chic about them.

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    Barnicles

    gorgeous. Did you scan it in or draw digitally?

    Barnicles x

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I drew and made the collage in my sketch/scrap book and then scanned it into the computer. I didn’t edit anything in Photoshop – I left it as is.

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        Barnicles

        thanks I was being ditzy in the heat! Much more flexible doing it on paper i think.

        barnicles x

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          Maddie Flanigan

          The heat! It can do that to me too.

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    Carlee McTavish

    Beautiful! I may have to steal that lace insert idea for future projects…

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    Bekuh Browning

    Oh, I hope you do end up making this! You would look smokin’ in this dress pretty lady 😉

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    Pauline alice

    That looks lovely: I love the lace insert.
    Sewing dreams are the best. Laying in bed and thinking about all the things I would like to make and how I would make them is so great for inspiration (the only bad thing is that by the morning I forget some of the details). I always carry a small sketchbook in case the dreaming occurs during the day…

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    Erica

    Ha ha! Dream on, girl! I actually never remember my dreams. So strange. I wish I could. Hopefully my dreams are as lovely as the inspirations you dream up! 😉

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    oonaballoona

    um, i drew the EXACT same dress yesterday, lace inset jersey body. i’m stealing ten precious seconds mid show to tell you that…i’ve been devouring your psts in quiet corners of theaters before being pulled up to the rafters!!! love…..marce

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Marci! I’ve been thinking about you and how your show is coming along. I hope, no, I know, you’re killin it every night!

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      Natasha Estrada

      Ok putting fangirl hat on. I loved you in Nurse Jackie. Thats exactly what being an agency nurse is like. Akward, you don’t know where anything is and the regular staff complain about you. Spot on.

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    anto

    That would be timeless and elegant dress. I really hope you get around to making it. What color have you envisioned for this pretty dress?

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Black! But Natasha gave me a link to a cream wool twill that was so pretty that I’m not sure on the color anymore.

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        Natasha Estrada

        IDK why I looked at the mood board and sketch and thought you wanted cream. I think my mind immediately switched to a cap sleeve cream shift I saw Audrey Hepburn wear once. Probably with matching hat.

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          Maddie Flanigan

          I am glad you thought of cream. It changed my mind. Cream is now a possibility for this dress.

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