Do you love Shabby Apple as much as I do? Shabby Apple Dresses are conservative and classic, but not at all dowdy or matronly. Plus, the company is very in touch with their fan base!
I am entering the dress design below into their Dare to Design contest, which thankfully is open to non-designers. In dreaming this up, I wanted this piece to fit a variety of shapes, but I mostly had my own in mind (apple, plus sized). I wanted a dress for Spring that I could wear to an outdoor date, especially one that might go from daytime (say, a picnic) to early evening (say, a movie).
My inspiration was the neo-classic look of Regency and Edwardian women's fashion, with a modern touch. If Jane Austen was alive today, and going out rowing with her beau, what would she wear?
I would make this dress out of a soft, feminine fabric, like a low-sheen brushed cotton, or opaque lawn, so that it breathes and moves well without being too formal.
I would focus on fabrics that are richly colored (I'm sure it would look great in a pastel, but I'd love some jewel tones, or mineral tones, on such a versatile dress).
And I would make it in a wide range of sizes, because I think this design truly has something for everyone.
Some finer details of this design:
- This dress has a sweetheart neckline, which is flattering, feminine, and flirty, emphasizing the bust without showing cleavage or being tight across the boobs.
- It has Regency-style sleeves, slightly gathered and poufy (what do you call those? Princess sleeves?), which are flattering to those of us who have a bit of upper arm fat, and perhaps the desire to not get burned on the shoulders if it's a sunny day.
- It has an empire waist, which is pintucked. I don't mean babydoll, I mean empire- flattering to those of use who lack a tiny hourglass waist. And I think pintucks add an interesting detail and cover any little rolls in that area (I always want to cover my backfat, ok?). Plus, it trims in the material there without being skintight, and looks classy.
- It has an A-length skirt, to create a flowy hemline which moves when you walk and allows you to be active, in case your date includes walking on the shoreline.
- It is tea-length (i.e. below the knees), again for a conservative and classy look, to help you stay warm when the sun goes down, and because not all of us have gorgeous shapely legs and knees without bumps and scars.
What do you ladies think? Would you vote for this in the Dare to Design contest? Would you wear such a dress?
Labels: contest, sewing, shabby apple