Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ain't no oil painting

It's been a while since I could turn heads.... but now, thanks to Photoshop, I can cut off the grey and wrinkly bits, smooth over the general turkey-neck area and turn myself into a watercolour fashion illustration.
Who'd a thunk I could be anything more than a beret model..? With my height (or lack thereof), nobody would have picked me as a fashion illustration... but here I am....


...poncing about on the cover of my new Draped Dress pattern. I've lined up some pattern testers (thanks to Facebook and Twitter and no thanks whatsoever to Blogger, which wouldn't let me log in for over 24 hours) and I should have a finished pattern by the end of next week. (All going well).



Throw your name into the pot here (that'd be the comment box) if you want a chance to win one. (Perhaps as a consolation prize if you missed out on winning a copy of my book in Jodie's or Cath's giveaways...?).

34 comments:

m.e (Cathie) said...

you know you are a wonderful oil painting my dear!

Fiona said...

I think I need to learn some of those Photoshop tricks too!!! I have lots of photos of me that could use an airbrush. The dress looks great!

Jodie said...

I absolutely LOVE this dress

kirsty@shoproomstudio said...

fantastic dress Nikki! love your watercolour fashion illustrations dharrrrling, mwah x

noblognorma said...

divine....

Tammy said...

Love the look of this dress, and I am sooo enjoying your book ! thanks :)

Bree said...

Love the photos!! Looks like there will be enough room for my ever growing belly in that dress, will definitely be making one!

Marg M said...

Love the pattern looks great on you

Tania said...

What complete rot. You head turnerer you (nice dress by the way)...

Gill @Frilly's Designs said...

Wow I sure could hide a few of my curves under that amazing dress.

Diane said...

Beautiful painting...love the lines. Awesome dress also!

Kit Lang said...

Ooh yes - I think this dress is gorgeous!

buebau said...

I's love to know how to use photoshop!
The dress is beautiful, so I'd like to put myself in the pot :)

Hugs

Penny said...

I'd love that dress to hide all my bits that I don't want in any painting (or photo for that matter).
:o)

Amanda said...

OOOh I'll be in that, I am sure that dress will hide a multitude of sins, scones and lemon butter and cream that I am going to eat at biggest morning on Sunday lol.

Karen said...

Ohhh loving this dress... loving it desperately. I'm sure though that there's no turkey neck going on there! :)

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Using my "custard arm" and throwing my name in!
Thanks and loving the strutting
Jenny

vikki62 said...

beautifully drapped dress, trowing in my name, photo shop rocks, so does the book, made wristlet and city shopper, so much fun. Vikki

Fer said...

You might not have the height, but you've the enviable figure. Looking gorgeous!

Anna said...

Would love the chance to win the pattern for the dress. Am enjoying your book and although have not yet made a project from it, have implemented the magic 3cm rule in my latest sewing venture (a winter skirt).

lucyboots australia said...

Am super excited that you have started doing adults clothes patterns. bring it on!!!!

red in oz said...

I'd love to see this pattern, just to get a feel for how it all comes together, I'm working myself up to sewing some of your pattern free tops from the book. Planning a whole new me-made wardrobe this year!

Rebecca DaCosta said...

I would love love love a copy of a that pattern, I think it is just gorgeous! I have a beautiful piece of chocolate jersey begging to be turned in that :-)
Rebecca DaCosta

Cath said...

Love your new dress pattern...

Yarn Wrap said...

I like the grey bits. I am going to have a go.

A Red Ham said...

Nikki, the dress looks great. I would love to win the pattern. I just love it how you model your own work.

Maureen said...

Reminds me of Victoria Beckham's maternity 'frock' at The Wedding.

No need to have a go for the pattern here as I no longer sew. My machine just says hello now and then.

ellie said...

Thank you for your birthday wishes last week (via FB). Your fantastic book did happen to arrive ON my birthday - and with the ribbon and pretty wrapping on it all, it really did feel like a present. {Considering I only got one other one for my whole entire birthday. Except lots of cuddles and sweet birthday cards from the little ones}.

Wanted to let you know that I've planned a sewing day with my sisters / other family people to do some draping and no-pattern making from your book. We are all very excited and can't wait for the kid free day to roll on.

Though of course, would be lovely to win this new pattern as well. Beautiful looking dress - looks like it forgives some curves and allows extra chocolate at bedtime; I do like that!

Exx

MoneySavingEnthusiast said...

How unique. Missed the date but glad I got to see this.

Sew Useful Designs said...

Nikki, I love how your designs reflect your 'walking to the beat of a different drum'! Divine.

Photoshop is amazing isn't it?

Warm wishes! Vikki

Michelle said...

That is superb. And you do wear it beautifully. No photoshop needed I'm sure.

Bronwyn said...

I am looking forward to the pattern-free top class soon - this illustration has just got me wanting more!! oh the possibilities...

loving the v. cool photos

Mary said...

Love the dress and Poncing is such a great word, certaining not enough poncing in the world.

ozlynda said...

I love the dress. I think it would be very flattering to my well rounded shape!!

And who could use some photoshop touch ups!!