"The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them."
Hello sewing family I’m back and feeling so much better this week. Thank you for your warm wishes and kind words posted over social media during my time away, I truly appreciate them all. Let me just say food poisoning ain’t no joke and I hope I never ever have to experience a sickness like that again! But hey I'm back and oh so ready to get this sewing party started!
Of course being out of commission for several days really got my creative juices flowing and I couldn't wait to get back to work. While it took me a minute to get my momentum back, once I did I couldn't pull myself away. I played with faux leather, neoprene and jersey all weekend long and I must say I had a ball! The fruits of my labor are several mix and match ensembles that I truly think you’re going to enjoy and maybe even want to create for yourselves. Now keep in mind I live in Southern California and the sun kisses our faces all year long even during our so called fall/winter months. So finding pieces that are cool, stylish and allow for warmer temperatures can be quite difficult.
The great thing about creating your own garments is you can remove a sleeve, change a neckline or simply switch up your fabrics, whereby opening the door to several different style options that transition well in warmer fall climates. That being said I’ve created several looks for fall that are easy to make and can be mixed, switched and slayed! The first look of this fall 2016 series is a long Neoprene vest, white tank top and extremely light weight faux leather fit & flare pants. Full details and options for creating this look are listed below. I hope you enjoy this one and stay tuned for the next look coming up later this week as I keep this fall party going.
For the vest I used S8177 and opted for Neoprene instead of the suggested fabrics. The pattern is super simple to make and if you're a seasoned sewer I doubt you will need instructions it really is that simple. For the Pants I used the Nina Ramel Pattern Collection from last fall when I made the all red ensemble shown here: http://www.mydailythreadz.me/blog//2015/09/continuing-with-my-visions-of-red-for.html I used a paper thin faux leather with stretch that allowed me to make the fit tighter around the hips/thigh area while giving a nice kick-out flare at the bottom. I love THESE! Since the Nina Ramel Collection fit & flare pants pattern is not available here are a few other options you can try:
Birkin Jean pattern - Simply open the flare a little more and eliminate the fly front for elastic. Burda Style 12/2015-These would definitely work just remove the fly front & add elastic. Burda Style 03/2015 #113A another great pattern that will achieve similar style. Vintage Kwik Sew pattern 407 which I have and completely forgot about! (check etsy or ebay still there). There are a ton of other options found on etsy and ebay that will help you accomplish this look simply search for flare leg pants patterns and watch the options roll in.
Neoprene Fabric purchased at LTJ Fabrics in downtown Los Angeles (it's been months not sure if it's still there). Faux leather I purchased at Journal Fabrics in Downtown Los Angeles last year Not sure if it's still there.