Before I go further into this blogpost I wanted to make it clear that although I received payment for my contribution to the Chalk and Notch collaborator team all words and descriptions are my own. I was not asked to write this blogpost. I made this dress that I put my hand up for and I also made it according to my style and preference. In the sewing community I feel that some misinterpret paid collaborations as someone only doing what a company has told you to do. Yes, there were parameters in place, like any brief, (creating a blogpost was not one of them), but I have made a dress that I’m genuinely proud of and adore and I wanted that to be clear in the post.
Today I will be taking you through the planning, construction and execution of my Marcel dress from Chalk and Notch. I was fortunate enough to be a member of the Chalk and Notch collaborator team. It was a joy to create alongside some very talented sewists and I cannot stress enough how much I just love Chalk and Notch as a business. So really, I’m coming out the real winner here. Although my feature is for July I had been planning this dress well beforehand. I’d say about 9 months before. That’s right, before I even knew I was a contributor. I had seen a dress from Ace and Jig last year that I absolutely adored. They were using all their scraps and coming up with the most magical, one-of-a-kind combinations. I thought to myself I can do that, I have plenty of leftovers. The problem I had though, is not all those leftovers are meant to go together.