Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Go big and bold or go home!




I have finally made up the third piece of fabric that I had custom printed by Contrado UK. This print is from a painting by my Mum of a Western Australian Eucalyptus species called 'Flat Topped Yate'.

'Flat-Topped Yate' by Chris Oxberry

The pattern is the Named Inari Tee Dress, which I've made many times before. I chose Contrado's cotton-linen 228gsm fabric for this dress and ordered a print size of 140x100cm. This worked out well to accommodate the sewing pattern with minimal waste. The print quality is beautiful and the colours were reproduced very accurately. The fabric is a nice quality and the perfect weight for this dress.


I had chosen not to mirror or repeat the print this time, so it's huge! I spent quite some time deciding which side should be the front and placing my pattern very carefully to avoid a large anus in the back!


I think I just about got away with it!


Once that was decided upon, everything went very smoothly. I have made this enough times that I now have two sleeve pieces traced for this pattern: the original one which is perfect for knit fabrics; and a wider one for wovens to allow more movement. I left off the sleeve cuffs as I decided it looked too busy and also made the front a bit longer in this version of the dress. The neckline is finished with bias binding.



I love that the dress is different from every angle and that on this side the pattern almost matches. I'm not quite sure how that happened.


I am really thrilled with this dress. The colours and print worked out just as I imagined and I couldn't be happier with the quality and service from Contrado UK. I would love to try out some of the other fabrics from their huge range. I'm thinking bomber jacket....

I have so enjoyed the process of fabric design. It has pushed me to be a bit more creative, while still being completely achievable using the fabric design website. I can recommend it!


It is so lovely to have a dress that is completely unique and that reminds my of my Mum every time I wear it.


My other projects with Contrado custom-printed fabric were a bathing suit and a completely different dress. The post I wrote about the dress also has some info on how I designed the fabric and kept costs to a minimum.

12 comments:

  1. That side seam is miraculous! I thought you must have cut it in one piece with just one side seam. Beautiful colours.

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    1. It is certainly an unplanned miracle (a bit like my first child!). Thank you!

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  2. Such a fun dress and how wonderful that it's your Mom's painting.

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    1. Yes, it feels very special that the print is the painting. Thank you!

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  3. All your work with your mom's paintings is amazing! Love this one as well!

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  4. How good is that side seam? This dress is epic and I demand to see it when the weather improves and we have a get together.

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  5. What a BEAUTIFUL DRESS!!! FIESTA :)

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  6. WOW! this is absolutely gorgeous, Megan; beautiful fabric, beautifully made, and you look beautiful in it! What a lovely homage to your Mum's artwork. I'm sure it gave her a huge thrill to see you wearing it :)

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  7. This is so gorgeous and it chokes me up that your mother painted it! It really is beautiful and the Inari is the perfect dress for it.

    Love!

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  8. I just love that you can make beautiful dresses from your mother's artwork. This dress is just gorgeous and so very special.

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  9. Your mothers artwork is really beautiful and it translates really well into that lovely summery fabric. You have done a fantastic job of pattern placement on this dress.

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