Fashion design - the café latte and ice cream swirl theme

Fashion design - the café latte and ice cream swirl theme

About a year ago I began some fabric designs inspired by latte art and had some first samples digitally printed. I mentioned them in my post about the London Fashion Doll Festival. It's taken me this long to retrieve them from a dusty box on a shelf and sew them into clothes! But I'm really delighted with how they've turned out.

Cafe swirl dressBack of cafe swirl dress


Cafe hearts shift dressCafe latte hearts dress back


Square scarfStrip scarf hearts

I started with a simple shift dress, plus a square scarf and a strip scarf. I have some pure silk, some satin and I also printed onto some lycra. The silk is super - the beige colours actually come up like gold!

This week I've been experimenting with some original pattern designs as well. I wondered if the dress could flow out of its shift shape. I've created a cowl neck dress for a start. I'm not sure if the swirl pattern necessarily needs a swirl dress but it will be interesting to try it. I'm something of a perfectionist so I'm currently on my 5th iteration. I will post more about that later.

Also enjoyed web searching for ice cream and made some tasty discoveries:

Michael Massaia's gorgeous melted ice cream lolly photos

Magnum Campaign by LOLA

Judd Pilossof food photography

Designs on the catwalk

Hearts dress and scarf


Strip scarf as a head band


Hearts dress and head scarf

Neopolitan ice cream dress


Neopolitan with latte


Back of scarf as a shawl


Scarf tied with elastic band

What do you think of these first designs? What sort of shape do you think would suit the fabric designs. And would your answers to these questions be different if the clothes were for you to wear and not for a doll?

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