Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Spring 2014 DIY Inspiration - Part II, Runway

Both Spring and Fall collections for 2014 have been extremely wearable with endless inspiration for creation. Some of my fabric store shopping list fundamentals include:


Let the spring breeze in through some lightweight chiffon inserts and floaty hems! Sheer, ethereal accents add beautiful movement to an outfit and can easily be taken from day to night. On top of Spring 2014 collections, translucent details have been all over red carpets lately. The easiest DIY application is simply the removal of a piece of fabric in an existing garment, to replace it with a fine net/chiffon panel. Get your vintage flair on and show off those high-waisted skivvies!


The classic button-up is a wardrobe staple reinvented season after season, but this spring my plan is to focus on the dressy version. Ideas for refreshing the shirt dress include an asymmetrical hem, slanted button line, or a double-breasted blazer-like silhouette. I'm thinking one regular shirt, one large for the skirt part, cut and attach with a fitted waistline.


Coordinated separates have been steadily making their way amongst top trends for while now (Mary Katrantzoy's SS2012 collection initiating the craze for the head-to-toe prints galore). Monochromatic matching is the easiest way to go, but this spring is big on paired and mismatched patterns as well (perfect time to bring on florals, metallics, and artsy prints with full impact). The result is a doubled bill at the fabric store, offset by a swifter-than-average outfit planning process. This might also be the time to take the scissors to that jumpsuit you're bored with and voila, instant two-piece. For nearly-there coordination, take an existing favorite top/bottom to the fabric store for a speed-dating session. The match doesn't need to be perfect.


If you ask me there are few better things than sleek lines, an elongating effect, and comfort combined into one garment. All-white looks built around white wide-legged bottoms recurred persistently in SS2014 collections, but let's not forget the opportunities of applying the loose fit to shorts and culottes as well. The nude Rachel Zoe short-ensemble is definitely up on my sewing agenda.

Luckily this is not just a moment's whim, the baggy trouser will be just as current this fall, especially in darker hues. Good news for sewing projects - as far as trousers go, the relaxed fit is the easiest of styles to master, especially when done with an elastic waist or hidden side zipper.




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