MOST OFTEN, MY DESIGN INSPIRATION muses are fabrics themselves, their colors, their prints, their behavior. I get my best ideas when surrounded by colorful goodness where the only limit to my imagination is my bank account. In the past, I used to put down all of my design ideas in detailed sketches. Nowadays, in the interest of time, I directly transfer my ideas onto the fabric. I might do a very rough sketch just to preserve the idea of the design, but most of the time I just deal with the fabric directly.
My mom always says that my grandmother was like that. She knew how to handle fabrics well and as she worked with them, sometimes she would end up with a different design than originally planned. The beauty of creating is seeing your ideas evolve and take even you by surprise. So even when a fabric inspires a design idea, the outcome can often be completely different. That’s what happened with this checkered shirt.>>
The beauty of creating is seeing your ideas evolve and take even you by surprise.
I have to mention here that I really like simple things. A checkered shirt doesn’t really scream “groundbreaking”, but it’s somewhat of a basic that is easy to incorporate in everyday outfits. Still, while making it, it felt too conventional. It felt boring. It felt…not right. So I started playing around with it. I didn’t originally plan on making a bell-sleeved shirt. Bell sleeves add a certain feminine property to tops and when I bought the fabric, I was almost certain I wanted to go for a menswear-inspired look. But in my attempts to make it less conventional and more fun, I decided to ride the bell sleeves fever that luckily is not showing signs of going down anytime soon.