Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dress Design for Shabby Apple Dresses

You know, I used to be fairly artistic; I used to draw and paint and all kinds of stuff! But four kids later, I don't always find the time to get creative anymore! So when I saw this contest from Shabby Apple Dresses (I LOOVE their stuff!), I decided I would give it a go! And you know what? It was really fun! And I may sound silly but I really want to wear these dresses!haha So here's what I came up with:

This dress I thought would look really pretty in a purple (I started out with red, but decided purple fit it much better!), and I would probably do it in a jersey knit material so its stretchy and drapes (thats what the lines pulling to each side are: draping sort of thing).

This next one I thought of in a silvery/gray color and I see it in a stiffer cotton so the collar ruffles stand up instead of laying down all soft and flow-y.

This one is one of my favorites, I see it in a really soft cream colored chiffon. Ruffles around the collar and the hemline, and the ribbon should be black or brown velvet.

This one I think should be a really soft chiffon-like material on top too in some sort of floral/spring print, maybe even polka dots. And the bottom should be a tan linen. I got this idea out of my love of double breasted jackets. :)

I like these kind of dresses in a floral cotton because I think they're less "in your face/lingerie" looking, I also love if the skirt had like big drapes that went into pockets. I've seen a lot of these dresses but the skirts are poofy and very short, I like the thought of a pencil skirt with it and the built in top.

This dress I didn't have the best colors for, I would like it to be more of a navy blue instead of this light/royal blue, and also the yellow toned down a bit, but probably in a nice cotton twill. I like the drop waist of it and the full skirt, I LOVE nautical themed clothes and I think this would be such a fun dress to wear! One of my daughter's dresses inspired this design. :)

Alright then, there's my designs for the Shabby Apple contest, you can tell me what you think but only if you love them! haha Its hard putting yourself out there, sheesh! :) So really don't make fun of me, I might end up crying in my closet! For reals.


  1. Melinda, I am so impressed! I LOVE dresses. Wear them all the time, including today. I would wear any of these, especially the ruffled one.

  2. Actually... well done, I like them a lot. You go girl!!!

  3. Wow, you are really artistic!!! I love the nautical themed one. It's very cute! I don't get into the fancy woman style dresses much...I'm much more into the boho style. But, I actually like these dresses!

  4. AWESOME> are the new Vera Wang...and probably cheaper, for awhile, until you become famous and then costly, but since you know me you'd give me a good deal RIGHT!!!!!!
    seriously, I think you have a talent there girl.

  5. Are you kidding me?! I would wear any of those! (Except the nautical one because I kid you not I had a dress very similar to that when I was eight and I don't think I could pull it off again. But you're right about navy and buttercream yellow. PRETTY!)

    Now get sewing lady, because my birthday is in a month and you don't have a moment to lose! (You're going to WIN that contest, by the way.)

  6. I follow Grosgrain Kathleen's blog (she won last year's Shabby Apple contest). I think dresses #2 and #3 could be winners. It seems to help you win if you can sew a mock-up, it's easier for voters to visualize it that way. #3 wouldn't be too hard to sew by modifying and existing pattern. Good luck!

  7. SO CUTE! I just bought a super cute dress from them last week and these are as cute as the one I got!

  8. Mel....they are all great, but the first three are my favorite! Good luck, hope you win!


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