The theme for the first round of “Claim the Fame” came in at last. Formal wear. We get two weeks for this first design set because we really want to have an impressive first showing. Crud, Formal wear. Really?! I am not all that good at the big filmy floaty dresses and i have not made ANYTHING for women in over a year. Still better that my weak spot comes up now when there are more designers to chose from as to who gets the boot.
I think on theme….because just doing any old formal dress and tux is boring. I stare at my Logo and think….and think… thinkthinkthink. Hmmmm.
STEAM PUNK FORMAL!
Suddenly i had my idea and I was off and running. I better be off and running. I have two weeks to make two new designs that will wow the judges. Fabric swatches are found and I am off and virtual sewing for all I am worth.
The dress came pretty easy, I was really pleased with it and with myself when I showed it to the boyfriend. Mozart, the dear thing looked at it…and went “mmmm”. He does that alot. Mmmm. I am never sure what it means. This time it meant that the textures on the skirt were warped and distorted at the top.
Thus began my trek into the learning of “warp tool’. I only recently got Photoshop and I am still learning its mysteries. The Warp Tool turns out to do amazing things and proves to be very distracting and fun to play with… and so does Mozart. Really…an avatar should not look that good when someone is trying to work.
See what I mean….that is a seriously good looking distraction. He has been so patient with me getting ready for this contest too, hardly any time to spend on him. He works on his jewelry and never complains at the manic state of the workroom or this frantic state of this red head. It started me thinking how lucky I was to have him around. We have been dating in SL for near a year already, it was time. So in between ‘sewing’ sessions , i took time out to propose partnership. He said Yes. Needless to say that was the end of any work we got done that day. It is a good thing I have an extra week for this challenge.
The dress is done at last and I have sent it off to my model, Rhonda. Now its time to get the tux going. Women’s clothing is hard for me, but men’s designs are FUN. I had so many ideas for this steam tux that it was a bit tricky to pick just one. However time was running out…i just had 4 days left before the show. This is what i came up with and i think it might be my faverite thing i have ever made.
I am so looking forward to the show on Weds. These designs will be on sale at the Brocade Tiger Main store next week.