D-signs: of prints and dresses

OK, I really do want to learn to make clothes. But, aside from my attempts at the craft by cutting and hand-sewing this and this from scratch, I’ve mostly just restyled other garments by hand.

I thought I could make time to take some lessons but I’ve had my hands full for I don’t know how long anymore that I end up doing other fashion related designing instead.

The past weekends, when I do find the time to do something I enjoy, I ended up making graphic designs for dresses. You know, those designs that should be digitally printed onto the fabric? Yeah, it’s been popular these past years, hasn’t it? And I’ve been obsessing over making digital print designs myself for years… for about 3 to 4 years now, I think.

I’m just glad that before I expire, I did get to do it. And I made several! I made 20!

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But I’m just posting thumbnails, of sorts, of four of those here.

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Only now, I’ve been obsessing over having them actually made. You see, I’ve not only made the print designs but came up with dress designs for the prints to be on too. Boo!

If ever I do get the chance to have the dresses made, even just a fraction, I’d be ecstatic, I’ll be posting them here, naturally.

Will grab some dinner now… starving…

Thanks for swinging by!


throwback: alta costura…

… is an annual costume competition at my former college. It’s a culminating event which takes place every March. It was the brain-child of one of our professors and also a well-known designer in my home city, Mr. Bambu Tonogbanua. Here we are partying at his home.


Uhm, he’s that white-haired guy to my right, obscured by The Mister’s shoe. Sorry. Will try find a better picture of him… For now, moving on…

In 2003, the year in which I joined, the Alta Costura was held in Iloilo City. Now, I’m no stranger to this city because I spent the later part of my primary education here. And besides, during the competition, my dad had been confined in a hospital in said city.

I forgot which category I joined exactly, as there were several. Anyway…


I’d been lucky that Mayette, was there to do my model’s make up.


Here’s the gown I designed, modeled by April.


The theme I believe I was going for was air and earth, and had been inspired by Sarah Brightman’s album La Luna…


Here’s me making final touches on the gown…


The look of tired… April’s off to the stage, leaving me partly relieved. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the full-length photo of April on stage. The hem part of the gown was actually covered in feathers.


Will update this post in case I do find the picture.

Well, I didn’t win…but Rolan did… haha!


Here’s us getting ready to leave for Bacolod the next day.

And just in case you’ve been wondering where I got the accesories, they where made by Botsky, known as Embit to most… He’s this guy…


He used copperwires for the accessories and some beads and semi-precious stones given to me by Kent, who also took pictures at the event. He’s the one who’s necklace I’m grabbing.

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Joyce, the girl to my right wearing white is a good friend who helped me find a dressmaker for the gown and my beautiful model, April.

The above two photos, btw, were taken during the Panaad in 2003, I think. The Panaad is a city event here in Bacolod which happens every April.

Well, I’m signing off for today… Thank you for taking the time to read… Have a great day!