Geek Chic: Dragon Ball Dress
I recently started watching a lot of original Dragon Ball, and I thought it would be neat to design a somewhat understated fabric pattern—something not too juvenile—and make a garment out of it. While the idea of a dress donned with Goku faces is cool and all, I was envisioning something that I could wear around adults (who are not into anime), without being ironic, or worse, giving off any kind of creep factor. This way, from a distance, it just looks like an orange polka dot dress, but when you get up close, “BAM!” Seven dragon balls. I think it was a fairly successful outcome. It’s different, nostalgic to those who recognize it, but I wouldn’t be embarrassed wearing it to work or around clients.
This is my first time using a sewing pattern from Colette Patterns, and also my first time downloading and printing the pattern from my house. I was pretty scared about the printing bit and didn’t know what to expect, so I picked their Hazel dress pattern: an easy, simple pattern to help ease me into this newfangled idea. I must say I’m quite pleased with my experience. It takes a bit longer since you have to put together a bunch of 8.5x11” pieces of paper before you can even get to cutting out your sewing pattern, but it was very easy to follow, and it had a lot of tips. Their website is also chock-full of advice and tutorials. Learning all this stuff as I go along, this is very helpful, so I would definitely recommend Colette to beginning sewers. I also love how they put pockets in a lot of their designs. Score!
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