Nothing like starting your New Years Resolution late, oh well, even the best plans go down a crooked path.
My goal for 2017 is to post a “Sew What’s Fabulous” blog once a month on a high-fashion outfit inspired by a designer that can be made or a fraction of the cost, fit a “normal” person’s body and look expensive.
The inspiration this month was a post in In Style Magazine showing a Public School $295. The plaid cut on the bias is so flattering and the leather trim dresses it up. I found a similar wool plaid and faux leather trim at Fabric Place Basement. I wanted to have the top long to wear with leggings, so I made the bottom band about 3″, the back is a little longer than the front and there a 4″ slits on the sides for movement. I used Silhouette Pattern 195 the Sweater Set as a base.
TIP — when trimming an arm hole or neckline, be sure to make your bias binding 3/4″ to 1″ smaller than the opening!
You certainly don’t want those wrinkly bindings
This top went up so quick and is super comfy. Total cost $50!
Now for the skirt which is a DKNY skirt for $598. I love me some Donna Karan, she has such inspiring designs and velvet is everywhere this winter! While I love the length of this skirt, it’s a little too long for me. The braided detail is beautiful, perhaps if I was a little younger. I decided on a simple A-line burgundy velvet, pull on skirt and I knew just where to get my fabric. I made a velvet dress for my sisters wedding.
I disassembled the dress and used the bottom for the velvet skirt. The fabric is a soft, light weight velvet from New York Elegant Fabrics. The drawback is for the dress, there is a seam up the front and back, but the skirt is full enough that it is fine. I would, however, eliminate the front and back seams. I did line the skirt, which gives this velvet a beautiful drape.
When you sew velvet, leather, suede any type of fabric that needs to move smoothly through the machine, I always use a teflon foot, one of favorites is very inexpensive and is available through Amazon. Teflon foot link here!