I'm thinking about submitting an entry for the Shabby Apple "Dare to Design" contest. And oh my goodness, the creative ideas are flowing. Maybe not in a good way. I feel like there is a fashion designing Chatty Cathy let loose in my head. One minute I'm fixated on piping, the next minute I'm cursing bias cut patterns, then I'm off in a la la land of cobblers aprons and calico pockets. Wait....piping around calico pockets....brilliant! And just like that, I'm back on the merry-go-round again. Somebody help me!!!
Thankfully, I have some parameters. First off, the design must be a dress, to the knee or below, sleeves, no cleavage. The contest allows you to draw, computer render, or create and photograph your design. I'm a create and photograph kind of a girl, so thaT (SORRY, MY MUNCHKIN THINKS the caps lock key is the best thing ever. Phew, that's better.) decision is made. Ever the lover of exponentially increasing the difficulty factor, I plan to spend less than $5 and create something I might actually wear. Waste not!
The decision to compete seems like a good idea for a bunch of reasons - creative incentive, blogging fodder, competition, and the potential of getting a garment into their Spring 2011 line. The winner gets 3% of every dress sold. That'd be like $30! Or maybe $3. Who cares when bragging rights are on the line?
So far, I'm off to a sad start. But I plan to rally myself and forge on. Oddly enough, I'm beginning to resent the time I'm spending on this silly dress (or should I say, becoming a bona fide head case) instead of making felt food, and trying out a pj pattern I found in a box in the basement.