Little Match Girl

by Erin on January 7, 2008


matches-print dress

Julie (of Damn Good Vintage sent me a link to this amazing dress … I'm just showing you the fabric, because that's what I'm coveting. (It's listed by Capricorn Vintage, click on the image to check out the actual dress part of this dress.)

My list of "fabric I'm gonna make when I have a spare minute (and figure out how)" is getting really unmanageably long. I mean there's these matches, and then there's the little pies, and the robots of many descriptions, and then there's all the alphabet-y, font-y things I want to make, and the gingko … and on and on. And I haven't gotten any further than buying this book on fabric design in Photoshop. (It looks good. I haven't read beyond the Introduction. Oh, and I found this mysterious plug-in, too, but at 600 Euros I'm not buying it any time soon.)

What fabric designs have you been searching for?

[Oh, and edited to add: the 2008 Bloggies award nominating ends this Friday … if you enjoy this blog, might you consider nominating it? I have no idea what category suits best … maybe "topical blog"? (Although "topical blog" sounds like some kind of blog ointment, for when your blog has a rash!)]

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Toby Wollin January 7, 2008 at 7:27 am

AAARRRGH! I was just at the Bloggies and it’s just too convoluted for me – where can I just write in, “Best Fashion Sewing Blog”? Gad.

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Cassie January 7, 2008 at 8:05 am

Cough cough dresses cough cough?

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tea January 7, 2008 at 8:17 am

Wowza. That dress is amazing.

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libby January 7, 2008 at 8:27 am

I have a friend who is a fabric designer for a bedding company (dream job, or what??)Anyway, she uses these Photoshop programs at work. What I don’t get is how you turn them into actual fabric if you’re just and obsessed amateur. I’d love to know if you do.Oh, and Erin, I think you *need* that dress…everything about it is damn-fabulous.

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1912 Suffragette January 7, 2008 at 8:28 am

I think you definitely belong in the “Best Art or Craft” AND in the “Best Writing” categories. What do others say?

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Nancy Bea Miller January 7, 2008 at 8:33 am

Wow, what a dress! I love its style, and the quaintness of the matching neck tie. But matches? Perhaps it was made for a member of the Tobacco Industry. (I’m backing away slowly with fingers in “cross” position!)

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the celebrated author January 7, 2008 at 8:54 am

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match!I personally have been looking for peep fabric, you know, the disgusting sugar-coated marshmallows. I think it must come out of hiding near Eastertide.

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paisleyapron January 7, 2008 at 9:08 am

Help–which category to nominate you under?? I think I may just nominate you under a few I think fit: Topical, writing, arts and crafts (although I wrinkle my nose when I think that dressmaking is a “craft” like making pom poms or woven trivets out of those big fabric bands or salt dough snowmen–I think I’ve been around kids too long!)

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Ladygrande (Texas Marie) January 7, 2008 at 9:34 am

That “match-stick” dress is wonderful!

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lucitebox January 7, 2008 at 9:56 am

Hi Erin, Consider yourself nominated by me! What an amazing dress! I’m so glad it’s not my size because I know I’d be going nuts trying to win it and crying when I didn’t win it. I LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

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Anonymous January 7, 2008 at 10:01 am

I nominated you in topical.

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DivaJean January 7, 2008 at 10:32 am

I love the dress! It is perfect for some female character on the show Madmen to wear!

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Julie The Vintage Goddess January 7, 2008 at 11:42 am

Ha!I bring all the best fabric to the yard.

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Nora January 7, 2008 at 11:57 am

How bout a fabric with jars of topical ointment? Just kidding, matches are WAY better. In fact, I think it would be a cute wedding outfit, with the matching tie for the fella, and RED shoes! So much more interesting than ye olde white gown.Oh and you bet I’m nominating you – I’ll do topical, too, to concentrate you in one category.

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Joni January 7, 2008 at 1:52 pm

I think that Joe Ohio would approve of that dress.

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dawnee January 7, 2008 at 2:58 pm

I am desperately seeking some sort of typewriter themed fabric. We are doing “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and I think it would be a hoot for the stenog tap dance number; like maybe a pinstripe where the stripes are actually typewriter keys. That would be fabulous!

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Anonymous January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm

I _almost_ bid on it…only it went way out of my price range. I would have worn it with my matchstick-print coat, which is a totally different scale (huge, pop-art size print)…i’ve seen cigarette-print dresses from both the 40s and the 70s, but haven’t committed to either. -robin

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Altissima January 7, 2008 at 8:07 pm

I did my bloggies nominations earlier this week. It didn’t occur to me to nominate you under “topical” – that’s for blogs who don’t fit into other categories. –”Fashion” and “Arts and Crafts” seemed the obvious choices to me!I also nominated you under “best Writing”.

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Anan January 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm

I’m looking for cake fabric, bike fabric, clock fabric, and Luther Rose fabric. Wouldn’t it be awesome to sew time???!!!

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erin January 18, 2008 at 9:01 am

I am a textile designer, [under the title assistant designer] at a western wear company.i suggest using Illustrator for creating repeats. I found Photoshop to be a nightmare.my real question is: how do you jump form being a corporate CAD artist to having your own fabric line?-erin

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