"I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel. I believe that clothes should make a woman feel beautiful. But sometimes it's the little things like cut, fit and sex appeal that make a large impact."
So this weekend I found myself cleaning out my office and playing around with all the fabric I have on my shelves as I tried to figure out what I wanted to present on the blog this week. I have so much fabric on my shelves and in trunks that I actually forgot about quite a bit of it. Yes I said I actually forgot about quite a bit of it but hey they say the first step to overcoming your problem is admitting you have one. Hi My Name is Shari and I’m a Fabric STASHER! Anyhoo after going through a small portion of my stash (going through it all would have taken me DAYS) the ideas seemed to flow and before I knew it I stopped cleaning and found myself in the creative zone! When I’m in the zone it’s hard for me to come out and I can’t sleep until the ideas in my head have been sketched, draped/drafted and cut. Of course when that happens I don’t get much sleep and for some reason that doesn’t seem to bother me……… at least not right then that is. LOL
While going through my stash I came across this beautiful stretch lace fabric I purchased from The Fabric Shop in La Puente a couple of months ago. When I took it out of the bag (yes it was still in the bag) I couldn’t believe I hadn’t used it yet especially considering the intense heat we’ve been experiencing in Cali lately. It’s so lightweight (it’s like not having anything on) and the embroidered design is so fabulous that no matter what I decided to make with it I knew the result would be chic, sexy and cool! Already having an idea of what I wanted to make I thought the lace would look beautiful paired with some off white Crepe fabric I purchased last year from Angel Textiles. As luck would have it I was right! Paring these two fabrics together was absolutely PERFECT for this look!
For the pants I used my own personal jogger pattern added a larger waistband to accommodate a double row of elastic and finished it with open slits to the front of the pants. While I could have easily drafted this top, you know I’m big on not having to reinvent the wheel so I decided to go with an easy breezy Simplicity pattern to save time (see details below). I have to confess that I didn’t follow the directions for the simplicity pattern I kind of did my own thing but I encourage you to do whatever you feel more comfortable with. Just know that the pattern is super simple and easy to follow so I don’t foresee anyone having issues with it no matter your skill level. I hope you all enjoy what I’ve done here and please leave any questions you have about this look in the comments section below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Until next time loves have a fabulous day and stick around for more fab looks coming later in the week.
For The Top I used Simplicity 8138 and decided to do my own thing with the sash/tie. I didn't follow the directions as I already knew what I wanted to do but if you want an exact replica of the pattern then by all means follow the instructions given.
For the Pants I used my own personal Jogger pattern and added the open slits to the front. The pants are fully lined and I'll be doing a tutorial on how to create these pants coming up soon!