I spent a good part of my day studying measurement charts, patterns, and photos of one of my models. I had moments of doubt about my fit. It may sound silly, but I was debating whether I should shorten my dresses and by how much. Currently, my dresses are the perfect length if you don't want your girl to wear matching diaper covers or even a slip. They are long enough that if your girl decides to be bum side up, she will remain covered. This is not true of many RTW dresses from big box stores and bloomers of some kind are necessary.
But I want to have matching bloomers/cropped pants to coordinate with my dresses. I want them to peek out below the skirt hems, but not too much. Many of the Ebay fashionistas are showing dresses that also work as tops worn with pants. I like the look but the proportions sometimes bug me. I love the bloomers from the 1830s that girls wore beneath their dresses and that is the look I want. How short can I go and still have my dresses wearable as a dress rather than a top? Maybe I should have tops too? What are the dress lengths of other brands? What is the purpose of my bloomers?
Anyway, the debate has raged and I had lots of doubt of whether I should even be a designer. Should I even mention this on the blog? Maybe someone will steal my ideas (not that it is all that original anyway)? All rather silly....
I think every designer has days like this.
You see, I don't have a 3 year old I can measure whenever I have a quandary. I don't yet have my 3T dress form. I have to make up samples, schedule appointments, reimburse mothers, etc. It's quite a process and so I rely heavily on my measurement charts. I take my best, studied guess and then make samples to try on. I hate wasting time and bothering busy moms.
Anyway the result of the debate is to shorten my skirts one whole inch. Yep, all of that debate, fretting, and doubt for one whole inch. My bloomers will peek out just enough to be seen (unless the girl is bum side up :-) ) . The bloomer's primary purpose is to substitute for a slip, be worn separately, and coordinate with dresses in the line.
No sewn samples yet. All of this debate was in preparation for pattern drafting.
Parting shot of my apple pie for Thanksgiving.