Four Participants. Thoughtfully Selected. Creative & Talented. You’ve met the tall women who are taking part in the MARGE & TALL GUIDES Magazine #SewTallAndCreative2017 Design Challenge. Now it’s time to see how they have been getting on in the Inspiration & Intention phase.

Janet : DIY Wardrobe, UK

The drape and the colours in the fabrics got me thinking about dresses that would exploit these qualities to create a relaxed, summery feel.

I’ve begun a Pinterest board of pattern ideas that might work for both the fabrics and for my figure. I went through my books, magazines and pattern collection to generate some more ideas, and these form the images that I’ve uploaded. I’ve numbered each image and then noted a few words about each one below.

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  1. My collection of paper patterns, magazines and sewing books threw up plenty of inspiration.
  2. The bias-cut, cowl-neck bodice in this dress featured in Love Sewing magazine would work well with silk, chiffon or crepe. The skirt is cut on the straight grain so that it doesn’t cling.
  3. This silver dress from Burda Style uses both sides of the fabric to create unusual style lines and would look amazing in the right fabric.
  4. A silk maxi-dress like this makes the most of this model’s height, and it’s also one of the few tall-fit patterns in my collection.
  5. I love the use of colour in these 1970s Zandra Rhodes chiffon dresses.
  6. Taking inspiration from the 1990s, this Matthew Williamson dress uses a draped neckline and a bias-cut skirt in block colours to give Kate Moss a very feminine silhouette.

Beth : Sew DIY, USA

Marge sent me and the three other participants identical boxes of fabric and have challenged us to sew a spring/summer dress using two of the fabrics. The reveal of the garment isn’t until May 20 so I have a bit of time to ponder and test things out. But of course I’ve been doing some inspiration gathering and pattern pondering.

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Living in Los Angeles, it’s warm and sunny nearly all year long here so dresses make up a large part of my wardrobe. My style definitely leans towards comfortable and casual with a lot of loose fitting silhouettes. Above are a few of my inspiration images for summer that I’ve been collected on Pinterest (boards here and here). I’ll be adding more to the boards in the next few weeks and I’m excited to see where this project takes me. So stay tuned for more. I’ll be updating on my progress next month. 🙂

Tiffany : Pretty Tall Sew ‘n’ Sew, USA

I am very excited to begin this week of Inspiration and Intention. It has warmed up here in Mississippi so I’d like to go with a short and classy look with a bit of edge. I’ve browsed my magazine collection and surfed a plethora of sites for this look. I may also be using some pattern pieces from my collection to help create the vision.

My motivating force in this challenge will come from my very own gift of creativity. I truly enjoy adding a dash of surprise as I go along. As far as which fabrics I may use, the fabrics that I received are very light weight and flowy which makes them perfect choices for the dress. I tend to lean towards lighter colours in the spring and summer.

My sewing space has been tidied up and cleared for the start of my latest creation. I have also included a photo of a few of the machines that I will be using to create this piece. I am a fan of Brother machines but I own two singers (one is antique and in storage). From left to right is a Singer ProFinish serger, Brother CE1100PRW sewing machine, Brother 1034D serger, and Brother 2340CV coverstitch.

Allison : The Tall Mama, Australia

I find inspiration in many places; from RTW (ready to wear) clothing I see online & in stores, from the fabulous & fashionable I follow on IG (I’m sure that includes you!) to the gorgeous vintage patterns that I hoard collect, my favourites being the 1950’s & 60’s.

Inspiration can also come from gorgeous fabrics.  You can look at and fondle (I know that sounds a bit creepy but anyone who sews gets it!) fabric and envisage the garment it could become.

When I received the box of gorgeous fabrics from MARGE my mind went into overdrive.  My original thoughts for a design went out the window as they didn’t lend themselves to the soft drapey goodness of these fabrics.  Also, part of the challenge is to use 2 different fabrics which adds another creative element to my typically basic style.

Although I’ve not yet settled on a design, I know I will stick to elements that are consistent with my personal style and flatter my shape, such as a full or A line skirt at or below the knee, defined waist and fitted bodice.  That leaves things pretty wide open, doesn’t it?!  Yep…hence my challenge!

Here are a few style ideas I have been bouncing around

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Stay tuned for more updates from the #SewTallAndCreative2017 Design Challenge. The designers and seamstresses will soon be updating everyone on their next milestone: Concept & Initial Design as they work toward the final reveal on the 20th May

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