Sometimes you see something that inspires you so much that your mind just starts racing with ideas.
You see something like this:
Or any of the other amazing fabric prints by Forty Venus, for that matter…
And your mind starts flooding with images of 1920’s and 30’s Art Deco dresses, which makes you think of Biba/Barbara Hulanicki, which makes you think of that one pattern in your stash that is Biba-esque:
But by then, it’s already too late to stop the flood of ideas, so you start jotting down thoughts, sketches, or create a Pinterest board that has over 130 pinned images* in under 20 minutes, or all three.
(And by you, I obviously mean me – as in, don’t mind me, this virus I’ve had for a week has started affecting my brain a bit, fingers crossed I won’t start talking about myself in the third person next! )
Basically this is just a post to say I’ve been gripped with an obsession, brought on by the Forty Venus fabric above, to make some kind of Art Deco/Agatha Christie/Biba inspired outfit, and my mind won’t rest. I haven’t been this inspired by a fabric since I first saw the Exploding Tardis fabric that ended up becoming my Sewcialite Studio Valerie dress. That dream dress had a long journey before being made, from my first inspiration, to learning to sew, getting the fabric and finally pairing it with the perfect pattern. Now that that dream dress has been made I think my mind has been subconsciously hunting for the next dream project and boy did it ever find it when I discovered this fabric! Yet once again, the perfect pattern pairing eludes me…
I’ve had Mccall’s 4215 for about a year now and still haven’t used it due to not having the perfect fabric, and I bought it because it reminded me of the Biba 70’s does 30’s style outfits – could this be the fabric I’ve been waiting for? Or does this fabric belong to a much more fabulous 1930’s dress that I just don’t have the pattern for yet? Would a 1920’s dress be better? Hmmm…any ideas? I’d been wanting to make myself some kind of fabulous 1930’s Art Deco/Agatha Christie inspired outfit or dress for my 36th birthday in August, and now this fabric has my brain all a whirl, but I definitely need to find the right pattern so I’d welcome any and all suggestions!
What do you think of this fabric? Isn’t gorgeous? Do you have a favourite 1930’s dress or sewing pattern? What pattern would you recommend? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
*Note: Now, roughly an hour after after posting this, it’s now more like 300+ pins. I’m getting out of control, time to close Pinterest!