"Courage is being yourself everyday in a world that tells you to be someone else"
Hello Sewing loves yes I'm back to share a little summertime shoulder love with you! I know its been a minute since we last touched base here on the blog and I truly hate that so much time has passed since I last checked in with all my sewing loves. I have been working really hard to bring some of my long awaited projects to life and to be honest with all of that going on, working ten/eleven hour days (at the place that pays me), projects for the magazine, working on new patterns to release and trying to complete my continuing education hours before my deadline I am barely making it! I'm lucky if I get a good 5-6 hours of sleep a night. Trust me I have missed being here but I had to take a little break, there simply aren't enough hours in the day!
This past weekend (being memorial day holiday) I decided to put everything and I do mean everything aside, get some much needed sleep and sew a few things just to get my mojo working again. Of course after sleeping approximately 11 hours straight on Saturday (yes I needed that) LOLL I rolled out of bed went into my studio and got reacquainted with things. To be honest I had no idea what I was going to make but what I did know is it had to be something simple, a no brainer type of project! I have a ton of things going on in my head and I just needed it to all quiet down and let me just be alone with my fabric in my space. While I do have plans to sew a few patterns from another fabulous blogger I follow, this weekend was all about bringing simple easy designs to life with a few wonderful prints I picked up downtown. I don't know what it is but I do have an eye for fabric and I can see beyond what's on the bolt to what it can become with the right project.
Often times people are looking for complexity from designers things that wrap around here, hang there with unexplained angles and nonsense going on every which way! When the fact of the matter is some of my favorite designers almost always kept the actual foundation of their garments simple and let their luxurious fabric speak volumes creating a sense of cohesion that lingers in ones mind long after the runway has cleared. Trust me I love fabulousness as much as the next person but there's something to be said about a simple design that doesn't take much time but has the power to turn heads and drop jaws! I can get funky with the best of them but there comes a time when all I want is chic, classic sexy lines that make me feel GOOD! With that being said I decided to get my sewing taste-buds wet with this cute little off the shoulder top and a pair of crisp white wide leg pants that I absolutely love. This little number took all of about 2 hours to create (both the top and pants) leaving me plenty of time to cut out two more projects and finish another that I'll be sharing with you next week. I have listed the pattern information and fabric source below so if you're interested scroll on down and check it out. Well loves that's it for today I promise to be back with another look next week that I'm sure you're going to love so stay tuned for that! In the mean time have a wonderful rest of the week! SMOOCHES!
Top: I used M7757 from the McCalls Spring Collection. Now mind you I made a pattern like this in 2016 but could not find it for the life of me! Thank you McCalls for coming through for me! LOLL I added 10 inches to the center front and center back to get the fullness I wanted for this top. I left the sleeve as is for view D for this run but would add length and volume if I make it again. I didn't want my belly out so I added approximately 10-11 inches to the length of the top and instead of elastic at the waist I added my own tie for a little twist (feed the tie through the bottom hem just as you would elastic).
Pants: I was able to find my Nina Ramel Wide Leg pants pattern I used two years ago and whipped up another pair to wear with this top! The last pair mysteriously came up missing but trust me if I go through my sisters closet now I'm sure I will find them! LOLL
Fabric: For the top I used this fabulous Stretch Cotton Print I purchased from Michael Levine's Down Town Los Angeles. The pants fabric is a white stretch denim blend I purchased from Angels Textiles in Downtown Los Angeles.