Originally I had cut the ivory cotton into vaguely sheath-dress-shaped pieces to help me size and place the print. Inevitable then, that I would go off the idea of a sheath dress ... and eventually I dreamed up, well; this! It's a blocky sort of a print, and a blocky sort of a dress in design too, with all straight lines and edges throughout and not a single curve to be found! The style lines have been marinating in my head for a few months now and so I'm happy it now has corporeal form.
Maybe I should make a pattern for this. Be a designer.
The side panels are two piece, with the lower one overlapping the upper one so as to create a simple pocket that extends into the side seams. The design is fairly unstructured and unfitted, boxy enough that I can just pull it over my head without the need for closure. Then to give it some shape I made two little arrowhead tabs that can button at the sides to pull in the boxiness and create a bit of shape at the waist. The domed textured buttons were inherited from my grandmother's stash.
I think it will make quite a good casual knockabout dress. The fabric is not soft, but quite stiff and thick and crisp and densely woven, so I think it suits this loose but structured boxy style quite well. In retrospect I think I was quite ambitious with my print. But y'know? I'm glad I did have a good go at something a bit tricky, and I like it despite the problems and imperfections. Now I'm thinking I really should get out my screen printing stuff again. Give it another go!
o hai there, watcha doing?
Dress; my own design, screen-printed by me as described here, on ivory cotton, stiff, thick, crisp