Posts Tagged ‘green dress’

Inspirations from NYC: Green ZigZag Dress

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

On the second night of Tucson Fashion Week 2014, I made a dress that was inspired by Central Park in New York City. My mom and I went to Central Park together while we were in NYC this past summer. We saw it briefly one evening, but then spent a few hours wandering around in it on a Saturday. It was a beautiful day. The weather was perfect. Thousands of other people were also wandering around, including several bridal parties and Big Bird himself.

What I liked best about the park were the plants, although the bridges were pretty, too.

Here is the photo that I took and used as inspiration:

WP_20140719_091

As you can see, it’s mostly green with just a little bit of purple.

Here is the drawing that I made:

EPSON MFP image

As you can see, I was originally planning on using a lot more purple that what I ended up using. At my favorite fabric store, SAS Fabrics in Tucson, I scoured the fabrics, searching for the perfect greens to use. I was originally planning on either making stripes out of serged thread, or out of ribbons/cut strips of fabric. But, when I found a zig-zag green material, that was it! After making the dress, I decided that adding a purple border would be too much, so I didn’t add that feature. I did add a flower, but then I took it off at the suggestion of my Facebook fans. The purple ribbon sash I made was sufficient.

Here is the final result. The photos are taken by my friend, Peg Raisglid. She is the owner of Lovin’ Spoonfuls Cafe in Tucson, Arizona.

17153249_rotated 17153229_rotated 17153209_rotated

The dress cost about $5 to make and took a couple of hours. The ribbon belt was about 1/100th of a 99cent grab bag that I’d also purchased at SAS Fabrics (about a year ago). The bracelet was made by my sister, Zoe, when she was about ten. The shoes are also my sister’s. Wearing them was a last minute decision, and I’m glad I did it. I think the styling looks funky and cool with these shoes, but when I put on heels it didn’t really work for me.

I’m extremely happy with how this dress turned out. I received a lot of compliments on it. The Arizona Daily Star took a photo of my mom and me on this night that they posted on their tucson.com website.

In fact, this is the dress that made it so that I met the Project Runway designers, too! (Thanks to David Zyla for calling me out in this dress!) I’m calling it my “good luck” dress.