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DIY Spotlight: Custom Fabric Cabana Suit

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Today we have a special guest post from Eden Slezin, a fashion design student at the Academy of Art and founder of Cute Tank, whose latest project is a collection of summer resort wear. Wait ’til you see how he brought custom Zazzle fabric to life!

Though it’s taken a very long time, I’m proof that hard work and passion can make dreams come true. After a long and successful career as a USMC Intelligence Officer, a backpacking guide and a General Manager, I finally started a business in fashion about 4 years ago.  It started with tank tops, then swim shorts and this year, we are finally launching our first full collection.

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This summer collection is inspired by California, its culture, and specifically a beach lifestyle that celebrates being sexy, fun and carefree.  My brand, Cute Tank, is all about the beachy, California vibe.  This is brought to life by a collection with vibrant colors, vintage fabrics that add the allure of a freer time, and unique and interesting prints.

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I was searching for a special print to add something whimsical and new to my collection. A custom paper airplane print on Pima Cotton fabric, created via Zazzle, was perfect.  It was visually interesting, added that touch of fun and tied seamlessly (pun intended) into the collection.

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Initially, I thought the fabric fit perfectly into my vision of the 1960’s cabana suit we were already making with matching top and bottoms, but the more I have been working with the fabric, I now am thinking of making a full suit.  The unexpected color and pattern of the fabric would make an amazing statement piece, which is exactly what my brand sets out to achieve.

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We will likely still make the board shorts and possibly the short sleeve, matching shirt, but I think the fabric has a lot more potential and I am excited to work with it a bit more and find what design suits it the best.  Sometimes the fabric inspires the design.

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Looking good, Eden! What will you make with custom Zazzle fabric?

 

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