Mid-Century Dress Pattern Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Dress Pattern Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Dress Pattern Design Swatch

I was pleased with the mannequins I could make with Daz and then with Cinema 4D but I was not quite so pleased with the clothing that I used. The problem was not that the clothing was badly made, quite the contrary, it is made perfectly well but the way it is made does not suit the way I work.

However, some experimentation with the new version of Daz has resulted in a much better look for my designs. This is a Genesis 2 character and the dress is the X2 dress which has a simpler construction and so the fabric design does not have to stretch and so distort across the dress. The result is a much more natural and pleasing look.

This pattern is 1950’s influenced in the use and construction of the motifs but the colours used are from my newly extended palette and intended to represent those colours used in the latter half of the 1960s. The difference is that they are brighter and more saturated giving the fabric design a much more colourful and, I hope, pleasing look.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Watching You Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Watching You Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Watching You Pattern Swatch

Now that I have my mannequins sorted and working well, I am enjoying creating fashion fabric patterns again since these are very different and offer quite a challenge.

This design is based around mid-century themes and uses colours from the mid-century palette to produce a bold, no-nonsense and rather eye-catching fabric. The background is crimson while the motif colours are cyclamen, moss green, anchusa (it’s a flower), canary, Post Office red, magnolia and chocolate – all from the mid-century palette. That is a lot of colours and looking at the design I can see most of them so it must be right.

To list the credits again; the model is from Daz Studio (it’s a Genesis figure), the set (such as it is) is my own, created and rendered in Cinema 4D and the all-important pattern was designed in Affinity Designer.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Mid-Century Multicolour

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Multicolour

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Multicolour Swatch

The 1950s saw a flood of new and inventive designs which were quite different and, in a way, revolutionary. At first, they were too far from the normal appetite but they began to appeal to more and more people as the decade progressed.

This design, created with Affinity Designer, was intended as a fashion pattern to use as a dress fabric on my new mannequins that I have created from Daz Studio and imported into Cinema 4D. The colours used are typical mid-century hues of chocolate, middle brown, orange, marine blue and then magnolia and lovely nightshade for the flowers.

This design uses similar motifs and colours to those used mid-century although I have tried to give this today’s much more modern and vibrant look. I wanted to create a large pattern and after some experimentation I decided on the scale that you see above which I think looks both refined and appealing.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Tree And Leaf

Mid-century inspired pattern

Tree And Leaf

Mid-century inspired pattern

Tree And Leaf Swatch

I’m pleased now with the way that the models, or should I say mannequins, are looking and behaving on my new set for showcasing the patterns for fashion.

This pattern is, once again, a design that was created which uses mid-century colours and motifs and so would not look out of place in a mid-century catalogue. The background colour is nightshade while the motifs use brass, poppy red, fiesta blue, flake grey and Paris green. The stroke is either chocolate or magnolia.

As well as using this pattern for fashion, I also tried it as a furnishing fabric design and was surprised that it worked so well. You can see the result in the other images on my Flickr page.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Nautical Jacket Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Nautical Jacket Pattern:

Mid-century inspired pattern

Nautical Jacket Pattern Swatch

Nautical patterns are, in general, fun patterns to create although there is often nothing amusing about being at sea in the stormy waters around the United Kingdom.

But this pattern is the kind of pattern that might have appeared in the 1960s or earlier as a fabric – as shown here – or as a washable wall covering or even as a carpet. The pattern construction is simple, using just a few motifs and less than a handful of mid-century colours; brass, maroon, Bredon green and Pacific blue.

I have tried to give the jacket a modern, slightly reflective look and it is paired with similar simple, black, unpatterned pants.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Multi-Coloured Mid-Century Inspired Fabric pattern:

Mid-century inspired pattern

Multi-Coloured Mid-Century Inspired Fabric pattern:

Mid-century inspired pattern

Multi-Coloured Mid-Century Inspired Fabric pattern Swatch

This particular pattern was inspired by wall covering designs from the 1960s and 70s, a period when circular motifs were very much in the ascendancy.

Rather than create a formal, regular pattern, I have chosen to create something that is a little subtler and plays more with the colours. And according to my notes of the design the colours that I used were chocolate, mustard, poppy red, orange, pacific blue and, as you can see, canary yellow.

As a matter of interest, I did try the pattern as wallpaper and it looked very 1970s and quite good but I did prefer it as a fashion fabric design.

Several people have asked me and the model was exported from Daz 3D (I think it was Genesis 2). The set was built in Cinema 4D, which program was used for the render, and the pattern was created in Affinity Designer.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Black And Red Top

Mid-century inspired pattern

Black And Red Top

Mid-century inspired pattern

Black And Red Top Swatch

I was pleased with the way my new mannequins looked and so I decided to create a mid-century inspired design especially just for one of them.

This design owes a lot to mid-century ideas and uses colours from the British Standard in use in the United Kingdom mid-century. The motif is influenced by 1970s elements, the sort that were used extensively in the UK.

I teamed it with a leather look pair of pants and I was pleased with the contrast that it created. The swatch, incidentally, shows the colour scheme the way I created it originally.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here