|Anyone can learn to sew, buy
some fabric, follow a pattern, and make a piece of clothing, which is an
absolutely wonder thing in itself!!!
But, it's the little added things to a
garment, and the extra steps a designer takes in changing, making, or
altering a pattern to add their own special touch to it that makes one a
designer, and sets them apart from others.
Let's take a look at some examples.
Notice the shiny black
patent leather fabric for the pirate coat. It stands out,
instead of using a dull black fabric. The bottom has netting and
fringe, the collar is lined in the bold black and white stripe
fabric. Wendy designed and made this outfit to be cute and
charming, so her daughter would look like an adorable little
Notice the summer tank
top. The first photo show the way the straps were supposed to be
made in the directions. This was BORING to the designer, she
wanted some "different" something more... She twisted the long strips
of the fabric, tied knots in it, and added colorful beads to give a
regular summer top more of a "beachy, hippy" type of look.
You can see more on the
different straps the designer tried for this top
Take the first step first!
Go ahead and learn to sew, read a pattern, and make a couple of things.
Then try your hand at the creative end, and add your own little flair to
Designing a garment, is as much fun as sewing one!!!
Take a look at this
skirt and matching bag. This designer, Catherine, added a
decorative pocket, lace, buttons, and then splattered paint and put
sequins on the right side of the skirt and bag. Very clever!
All of this creativity was added to a simple one pattern piece skirt.