Monday, July 9, 2012

Cut Out Shift Dress Ideas - Please Help Me Decide!!

As I said in my previous post I am very indecisive which I know isn't great for a designer! I should be able to make decisions right?! Well with this shift dress I have a major choice to make - Which design do I like best and want to develop? This is where I need your help.....

I have been furiously pinning the Paris fabric to the shift dress on my dress form in various shapes and sizes to see where I want the cut out sections to be. But turns out this has just made me even more confused! Here are the options....

DESIGN 1: This one is based off the t-shirt I made earlier with two diamond shapes which show round the front and the back. I could alter the position of the diamonds and the size.

DESIGN 2: This one is just a progression of design 1 with the diamonds meeting at the waistline symmetrically.

DESIGN 3: Single asymmetrical band across the waistline in two different widths.

DESIGN 4: Random patches of the material. Might end up changing the shape of them to rectangles of different sizes if I go with this one.

DESIGN 5: With this one I think I would make the section below the waist slightly narrower as it looks unbalanced as it i, but this is the general idea...

DESIGN 6: This is a follow on from the previous design. The top bit will hit the shoulder seam but I ran out of material so you'll have to use your imagination!

DESIGN 7: Asymmetric look again.

DESIGN 8: For this one I broke up the previous design into two different curves. I was getting tired by this point so its quite messy - sorry about that!

DESIGN 9: Final one! For this one I basically did the opposite to design 6.

Phew! That was a lot of designs! I would love any feedback or comments you have to help me decide on which on to go with. Which one is your favorite? 


  1. I like #7! =) Thanks for dropping by my blog today!

  2. new follower! I personally like 2 and 5. They would make the waist area look great for those with not so great parts :)

  3. 9, and 1 one. but you can make all :) they are all so cool!

  4. Thanks everyone for their comments and help! Now I need to make a decision or I just might make all of them!!

  5. 2 and 3 second version - classic chic always in style :)

  6. Think 2 and 7 are my favourites. Just dropped by from Blogging Buddies, and have followed you as requested. Hope you'll return the favour at Will look forward to seeing you there: meanwhile, good luck with the designs! Isobel

  7. Hi Sarah,

    Every people is different, and when you ask a question, everybody will answer something else.

    The real question is: what do YOU want to express with your dress, what do you want to "make"?

    1. to show an other fabric on the black one?
    2. make optical slimming?
    3. create a corset like part of your dress?

    When you find the right question, you will find the right idea.

    All of your dress designs are interesting, beautiful and worth to make.
    I am looking forward what will turn out of this project:)

    With love, Orsolya

    1. Thanks for the comment Orsolya. Interesting points. I knew I would get a few different answers but just wanted to see if there was a general consensus. I am very new to designing so sometimes need some advice :-)


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