During one of our initial brainstorm sessions, I sketched a dress with a crisp, white collar. I loved it almost as soon as I’d finished the sketch, and thought for certain that it’d end up in the collection. However, as plans shifted around, I eventually had to cut it from the line. I was sad, but at the same time excited for the other dresses.
As I went along, however, it became clear that one of the other dresses just wasn’t going to work. So, back in went this dress! I wasn’t sure what fabric to use for it, so I went through my stash and found a little bit of stretch velvet in just the right shade of blue. It was a great start, but definitely not enough to make four dresses. And, since velvet is really more for evening wear anyway, I decided to use it as an accent and build the dress out of differently textured shades of navy blue.
Later on that week, at the store, I went searching for navy blue fabrics with interesting texture. I found the main base fabric rather quickly — it’s an intriguing and understated weave, with dusty blue and black streaks intermingling throughout. It looks great from a distance but also holds up well to closer inspection.
The skirt fabric posed a rather more difficult issue. I’d been hoping to find something like a taffeta — crisp and shiny seemed the best contrast to the other two fabrics. Sadly, none of the taffetas were quite right. Then I thought to use silk duppioni; it’s still crisp, but it has more of a matte finish than a glossy one. And the little slubs in the fabric are always so beautiful — and did I mention they have great texture?