About cherryplum

June 13th, 2011

It took a while to get all the info together on our latest Style Rockstar cherryplum. But we finally made it, so please read on to find out everything about the girl who won our “Join the Dots” contest with her super cute Rockabilly Minnie Mouse Dress:

My name is Natalia, I’m 35 years old, french and I live in Paris. I’m a graphic designer and also a painter (I studied arts at university for four years). I love art, photography, fashion and design.

I recently created a website together with my sister and my boyfriend, you can find it at http://cherry-plum.com. On our site we talk about all the things we like: crafts, DIY, sewing, customisation, papercraft….

Paris is a city that inspires me a lot. Right now, the “retro” style is still very edgy on the streets and I admit I like it very much. Regarding the contest, my project was to create a dress with a 60s style, a dress which I wanted not too short but also with a bit of “Rockabilly” in it and a Lolita touch as well… that’s why I chose this very graphical fabric with the red dots. Movies are a source of inspiration for me as well. I have some very different influences: Brigitte Bardot at St. Tropez back in the sixties with her famous dresses made from gingham fabrics. I really like the universe that John Waters created, for example in Cry Baby, but also Minnie Mouse or Kubrick’s Lolita (which is ageless) and the babydoll style.

In fact it is surprisingly hard to find fashionable clothes in Paris which I really like, made from good fabrics and with a perfectly tailored cut, especially when you have curves like a pin-up girl. The trendy french clothes are made for very skinny girls with top-model shapes and it’s difficult to find the perfect clothes for a curvier figure. That is why I like sewing my own clothes: so I can wear exactly what i want but also because i enjoy sewing a lot!

I would like to sew very different styles of clothes but i don’t always know how to do it. Your site is very cool to help girls like me by letting us propose designs for the patterns of our dreams. It’s a wonderful idea, thanks for that and bonne chance for the future of Your Style Rocks!

Thank you so much, Natalia!

“Join the Dots” contest is over

April 30th, 2011

Wow, what a contest this was!

You guys submitted so many fantastic designs over the last eight weeks, making this our most successful contest since the very first one last summer. Thank you all, you’re awesome!

We are particularly happy to see that even late entries have a chance to make it to the top: cherryplum posted her design only five days before the deadline. But her winning retro babydoll dress quickly found its fans – closely followed by the Easy and Breezy dress submitted by rma, who won our last contest already.

Our next challenge is very simple… or is it? We’d like you to design a top. There are no restrictions – just show us that essential piece your wardrobe is missing. Can’t wait to see the amazing things you’ll come up with this time!



Two Paperbag Ensemble Dresses

April 1st, 2011

Hello Stylerockers!

I did a bit of web research yesterday, looking for members who used our patterns for their sewing projects, and guess what? I discovered two versions of our Paperbag Ensemble Dress!

The first is by punzel, who used a gingham fabric for the lining to create a really beautiful effect: punzel's Paperbag Ensemble Dress

You can find more pictures (and a description in German) on her website Pepita.

The second is by frauknopf. She added vintage glass buttons and a belt in a floral pattern to make her dress very unique: frauknopf's Paperbag Ensemble Dress

Visit her blog for more pictures (description in German as well): Frau Knopf

Have you sewn a piece based on one of our patterns? Please, do let us know (and show pictures if you can!)! It’s always so great to see what you guys are making out of them!



Interview with Ricardo

March 30th, 2011

Here’s the interview with our last contest winner Ricardo – aka rma – which I conducted with him per e-mail:

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself, who you are and what you do? And, since you are the first male member winning our contest, what’s your connection with fashion?

I’m a full time worker at “Coral Way Animal Clinic”, a place that I own together with my friend. I take care of animals, they are my way to do what I love, but also I found fashion running in my veins, so fashion is the way to introduce my alter ego.

My connection with fashion started when I entered Miami International University of Art and Design to study fashion design in 2005 and four years later I got my BFD. Since then I’m a dreamer and my designs reflect my love of art, history and travel. They are a collage of techniques, fabrics and construction details giving the clothes a unique and always feminine look.

I love to work and create with my hands. I have a strong skill in fashion design, technical illustration, fashion illustration, mood board making, conceptual design and good coloring.

So, your fashion design studies explain your very professional sketches. Do you have any tips for our members who don’t have your skills and experience but would still like to take part in our contests? Any tools or techniques you can recommend? Tricks of the trade?

When I first started, I used to do a collage with my illustrations. I then improved the collages with Photoshop. This is a good technique I used back in juniors years at school.

I recommend to get some nice background pictures from magazines, cut your illustrations and glue them to the pictures before you scan and upload them.

Since you studied fashion design, I assume you can sew? Do you sew clothes for yourself? Or for (female) friends?

I love the creative part of fashion as well as the production itself and I enjoy sewing a lot. Unfortunately I don’t have too much time for it, but I do manage to create some projects. I like to design for both genders, but I am more directed towards females. My creations are posted on Burdastyle under my name Ricardo Abreu.

Thank you, Ricardo!


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!


Eva Dress wins!

January 31st, 2011

Hello Stylerockers!

It was a close race this month, with Eva’s self titled dress and Lori’s Elegant Tulip Dress both being really popular, but we now have a winner.

Eva created a dress to go with her favourite pair of Mary-Janes that proved to be a real crowd-pleaser – well done, Eva! Now we’re all looking forward to making our very own versions of it once the pattern is ready.

Our contest topic for February was suggested by RachelBee – this month is going to be all nostalgic, with designs inspired by your favourite style era or decade. This is a contest I’m really, really looking forward to, as it has so much potential for generating fantastic ideas – I know you guys will come up with some stunning designs again!

In the meantime we’re working on the pattern for glamourie’s Favourite Frills Skirt that won our Sophisticated Skirt contest. We should be able to shoot some photos and put it up in our patterns section soon, so watch this space!


Have you cast your vote?

January 29th, 2011

Just a quick reminder – only two days left to vote for your favourite design in this month’s contest!

We had a couple of late entries that definitely deserve your closer inspection, so if you haven’t seen all submissions yet, now is the last chance to check them out and decide which one you’d like us to make a pattern for!

See all entries here >>



olsemeik’s version of jens’ dress

January 18th, 2011

olsemeik has used our pattern for jens’ design to make a dress to wear for a family photo.  She was also kind enough to share it with us, so here’s a picture:

olsemeik's dress

We particularly love that wonderful burgundy fabric she chose for it! Head over to olsemeik’s blog to read the whole story and see more photos!