Seeing floral prints and polka dots

I was brainstorming a dress design for my friend Jessie Cryst (a.k.a. the Purple Lady), an SD Analyst at World Vision Philippines. Though she sent me some photos of various clothing styles via Facebook, I somewhat struggled to grasp what she meant by “something different.” So, I thought of the basics:

  • something fun to match her effervescent personality;
  • something light to wear in this unpredictable Philippine weather;
  • something printed  for a trendy look;
  • and of course, something purple for her signature style. (Yup, this gal owns the color Purple and not the other way around.)
In addition to my dilemma, I was unable to get her current body measurements. Ahh, hindsight! However, I told myself that “If there’s a will…something beautiful will never fail.”

The Flowers-N-Dots Dress

I have to exercise a certain amount of restraint not to litter the dress with something sparkly. However, I did some fabric manipulation — ruching at the front bodice for a divalicious slimming visual effect; smocking at the back bodice for adjustable-size flexibility; and shirring at the skirt for flair. The beaded adjustable straps and matching shrug were the extra form-and function features of the dress… So, fancy wearing it?

P.S. I’ll post a tutorial for this dress soon…


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