Some ideas live on the sketch paper and never go any further than a lovely sketch. Some ideas, go from sketch to cutting table, to sewing machines to sample and then die a big dramatic death as it comes out of the dryer, flunking the wash and dry test.
Other times, ideas float around the studio in abstract versions of what I call, “the shoulds”. Great examples are: “We really should make the No Tie into a pinafore.” “We really should have a denim jumper.” “We really should have a great housedress.”
Sticking to the fabrics we already use would eliminate Washer/Dryer Death. Working off our established patterns means we would eliminate patterning from scratch for untold hours and sample testing.
I pulled a “we should” idea out of the air last night with a lovely glass of merlot in hand and the jazz sounds of Rachelle Ferrell filling the air and worked on a housedress/pinafore/jumper. Final name to be approved later. And in case you always wondered what happens to our leftover fabric, it gets used for mockups.
Easy slip on means no ties, and instead elastic casing. I wanted simple, simple, simple and easy wearability.
The elastic back offers more shape than the apron version. The front hangs smoothly with just enough shape.
I think I like it enough to move forward with denim and give this a chance. I need to find the fit model. We may actually have denim jumpers for sale very soon. And that will clear the air in the studio as a few “shoulds” are removed and magically transformed into website product, which hopefully will fit beautifully and serve our customers well.