For some reason I found this more difficult to design that other patterns I've done, so I thought I would share with you some of this design process that started with their request for mix and match corsets and skirts and ended up with what you see in the photo above.
For this I got the comment "good start!" I just wasn't quite understanding what the design department wanted yet.
With this sketch I sent along this note.
Current thoughts on potential Corset Pattern
I like very much the look of shabby chic and using lighter colors, but it would be nice to work in at least one view that is suggestive of Steampunk. That would be a lighter colored Steampunk, not black, not leather look.
How many views are wanted???
Then, what variations are best ... mix and match
I really love the lacy one with the shaggy lace collar and rose. I also like having a little shrug that can be worn with a corset either with cap sleeves and/or long. And a stand up collar looks good.
So, when I know more what everyone likes, I will refine and sketch again.
I was told the shaggy lace one that I loved so much was too much of a "fashion" look, not the costume look they wanted.
Now take note of my hand written comment at the bottom of the skirt sketch, you will see what happened with that later. HA
Next came the choosing of the fabrics, which also I found difficult. Simplicity has it's own line of trims and always prefers if I use them. And this time they sent me a big box of different trims and said "use these." So, I was doing my best to find fabrics that would work well with their trims.
Confession ... I'm always trying to put in too many choices in my patterns. I want to give people options, but it often ends up looking too busy and confusing. So, you will see what Simplicity did to this when they got their hands on it.
But Simplicity, not wanting to confuse the message, thought all the skirts should be short and sexy, so chopped it off and re-hemmed it. But, you can make it long again, if you want!
And the orange and black skirt went through an equally big change I will show you next time.
I am SO glad this wasn't my first project with them. I don't think I would have ever been hired back to do another. So many mistakes and false starts, but we are all human!!