During the "day" (as it were) I work in the costume shop of a musical theater and at a locally owned fabric store. Working around fabrics, being amongst them every day, is inspiring. I find most of my ideas simply by touching and seeing the fabrics as they come through the shops. Most people design a garment first, and then find fabrics to match their needs, but I go about things backwards a lot of the time, finding a fabric and then designing around it. This dress, for instance, was inspired by the totally retro printed cotton fabric it is made from. It just demanded to be made into a 70's dress, and this is what I came up with for it. I'm pretty happy with the result!