My life has been crazy since the holidays! Between school and work, I haven't had much time for blogging.... or crafting for that matter. My hands are dying to do something creative!
This past week was registration for Runway Repurposed. Since January rolled in, I've been super excited to participate again! (You can read my post about last year's contest here.) Over 70 designers signed up for this year's competition. How cool is that?!?
The theme is Hollywood Then and Now. ANY era, movie, musical, character, actor, etc... can be used as inspiration for your outfit's design.
As last time, I came in to select my pieces with an open-mind, no preconceived ideas about what to make. My only plan was to seek out garments with large amounts of fabric and/or notions (buttons, zippers, snaps, boning, bra cups....). Because the purpose of the event is recycling, I try to make 100% of my garment from the reused items I've chosen that day. At first, nothing caught my attention. I picked up a pink evening gown made from an interesting, textured fabric and began choosing items which matched the color. Sadly, none of the clothes I grabbed sparked any creativity..... Then I was stopped in my tracks upon finding this beauty!
The fabric is woven with blue and red synthetic threads. However, depending on how the light hits it, the dress can also appears to be burgundy with grey highlights. When my brother looks at it, he sees completely different colors than me, no matter what lighting we're standing in, and has decided it's the strangest material he's ever seen. I love it! I adore the way the red and blue colors shift as it moves. The photo doesn't do it justice! And underneath it's a solid, bright red.
With my new garment in hand, I switched gears and started pulling other items which coordinated with the dress or pieces I thought would be interesting to use in a design.
When I originally thought my outfit was going to revolve around pink, I had already selected this orange and yellow ombre dress. Even if I don't end up using the fabric, I hope to incorporate the rhinestone straps somewhere in my outfit.
Since I was grabbing numerous colors and textures, I knew I needed at least one basic color to balance everything out. Surprisingly, there weren't as many black dresses to choose from this year. (Or perhaps majority of them were taken from the first day of registration.) I chose this one for its straight, wide panels and heavier fabric weight. It came with this white jacket, which I do not plan to use, unless I need the shoulder pads or buttons.
Should my garment require any embellishment, I thought the red beads from this dress could come in handy. (I'm clearly addicted to beading, although I honestly hate doing the handwork....) As a bonus, it also contains long straps and an invisible zipper.
I was drawn to the sparkly material. (You can never have too much sparkle!) However, the fabric is similar to what I used for my skirt in last year's contest. If I use it, I only plan to sew it in as an accent piece and not the main body of a garment.
This pink prom gown was also chosen for it's embellishments. I want to use the beads, sequins, and gems somewhere in my design. Plus the dress has several other useful pieces- a zipper, hooks, eyes, and boning.
I hesitated when picking my final dress. I love this trim, but I'm not sure how it will work in with the other materials. I guess I'll have to wait and see....
Now I'm just praying for a massive brainstorm! Because as of this moment, I have no clue what I'll be creating. I have a few basic ideas swimming around in the back of my mind, but nothing concrete. The up side is I have a legitimate excuse to rewatch all my favorite movies, Lol!
I'm Jasmine, a young designer passionate about creating! I hope my work inspires YOU to think outside the box and use your talents to do amazing things!