Check out this quick transformation from a man’s shirt to a cute top ready for the luau.
So I totally cut out this top without even thinking about the unbalanced stripes. I was pretty disappointed and thought that it was a done deal, especially since I have a personal sewing pet peeve about matching stripes and only had minimal yardage of the fabric to start off with. I really liked the fabric so I pondered over a solution, the challenge: how do I change the perception of continuous flowing stripes? Out of no where, the solution: ruffles came to mind. A creative distraction, if you will, the birth of my “Angel Wings” ruffles.
I’m sure this is how a number of fashion designs happen by trial and error. But wait, my resolution still was not complete. As I scanned my fabric stash for navy or green fabric to construct the ruffle design, I came up empty handed. I was determined this top was going to get completed! So I remembered I had recently bagged some items to be given away. And wha-la a pair of navy pants was in the bundle. I pulled those suckers out, removed the stitches and navy fabric was now at my disposal! I guess you can see my projects become my babies and I find joy in bringing them to life. The “Angel Wing” ruffle was constructed out of a navy crepe and off-white cotton (used what I had).
The simple lesson here, give your project another thought. Turn your Flaws to Fabulous, you never know what idea an Angel may give you 🙂
Check out the four pieces I created to walk this year’s MimiG Fashion and Sewing Conference Runway. I enjoyed sewing these looks and bringing my vision to life.
First, this Ivory jumpsuit made from a linen texture fabric. Walking the many aisles of fabrics, I allowed this texture to speak to me. Thinking outside the box, believe it or not it’s an upholstery fabric. To create this jumpsuit I masterfully combined MimiG’s Simplicity 1115 and a 1950’s Vintage Simplicity 8130.
To accompany the ivory jumpsuit I paired it with a tangerine orange cotton/rayon ruffle open front jacket.
This jacket was crafted by combining MimiG’s Simplicity 8177 coat and the ruffle from S8394.
Take note this jacket has NO side seams, to achieve this I made a muslin jacket and then used it as a one piece pattern to cut. Then I simply made a circular cut and then attached a double ruffle. I love color so I lined it with a hot pink!
For look two, I pin it as my interpretation of “Avant-Garde meet Everyday.” Green polka dots, one puff sleeve with “Snap-off” top which reveals a one-shoulder jumpsuit underneath. Created the jumpsuit by combining MimiG’s S115 and S8380. I drafted the bias snap-off top with Puff sleeve.
This puff sleeve consists of four fabrics: Polka dot chiffon, green cotton/rayon, interfacing and a cotton lining.
Get ready! View the “snap-off”.
Enjoyed making this sweet top using Simplicity 8335, ideal for someone learning to sew. Today’s message, ‘Time and Purpose’, understanding God’s timing is key in fulfilling your purpose. T=Treasure I=Investment M=Measured E=Eternal.
Made this vintage off the shoulder dress last summer which is now….on trend! Added a floral band as anklet and Bam I was ready, ALOHA!
Looking forward to sharing my creative space on upcoming edition of Sew Sew Def magazine.
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