Archive for February, 2011

Our first male Style Rockstar!

February 28th, 2011

Yay, we have our first male contest winner! rma made it to the top position in our Past Perfect contest with his very 1950s summer outfit. As always I’ll try to do a little e-mail interview with him so we can all find out more about him soon.

For the next contest we received a couple of ideas again in the forum and the one we particularly liked came from lila_ who suggested to base it on a particular type of fabric or a certain print. Laralee then added that we could have the whole contest based on dots, so this is what we’re doing. Can’t wait to see lots and lots of dotty goodness from you guys!

Since we’re still frantically working to catch up with the backlog of unfinished patterns from our last contests we’re going to let this one run over two months. Plenty of time for you to come up with something awesome – or even post more than one idea this time! 😉



How to draw fashion sketches

February 9th, 2011

Hi guys,

if you have great design ideas but don’t know how to put them to paper, here is an awesome online course that can help you:

eHow fashion sketches

eHow has a step-by-step video tutorial that takes you through the whole process of drawing fashion sketches. Why not give it a try and show us your results in our contest? 🙂



Meet Eva!

February 7th, 2011

As always, we wanted to find out more about our latest contest winner, so here is a little e-mail interview with Eva, whose lovely dress made it to number one in the January challenge. Enjoy!

Congratulations on winning our “Let your shoes be your muse” contest, Eva! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, where you live, who you are and what you do?

I live in Maine.  I’m a stay-at-home-mom.  I’ve always loved design.  I did a year of photography in college.  I’ve done floral design, landscape design, and painting…. and now I design my own dresses.

Do you sew your own clothes? And if so, what do you like about it?

I got sick of not being able to find what I wanted in the retail stores.  I wanted modest, flattering, feminine styles and I liked classic, vintage inspired designs.  I decided to save time and money and make my own clothes.  I’ve been sewing for 2 years now.  I make almost all of my own clothes: dresses, skirts, blouses, slips, nightgowns, etc.   I like to try to make a garment for under $10.  I get fabric at thrift stores and discount bins and  I get patterns from yard sales and when they’re on sale.  I have also just started learning how to do flat pattern drafting!    I sew in my spare time.  Sewing has become a creative outlet for me : )  I save money and get exactly what I want to wear!

What is your favourite piece of clothing in your wardrobe, the one you couldn’t live without?

I’d have to say my full slips.  They’re a simple, flattering style and I couldn’t wear my dresses without them, and they double as nightwear too ; )

Your sketch looks quite professional – how do you draw your designs? What tools do you use?

I actually sketched the silhouette by tracing a picture of a model.  I saved copies of a couple basic outlines and then just draw my designs on top of them.

Any tips for beginners who want to scribble something for our contests?

It’s a lot easier to sketch design ideas once you have a basic model to put them on.  You could use a paper doll, or any other figure, to start with, then make copies of it and draw your outfits in place.

Thank you very much, Eva! We’d love to see more from you here on Your Style Rocks! in the future!