While I was putting this capsule together, my inspiration for M6606 came from two designers.
As for this shirt, the similarity between Rachel Roy and Monique Lhullier was how they dressed
for their spring 2013 shows (see vision board).
They both wore a light weight silk shirt that exuded a form of feminine, relaxed but put together style.
I can only imagine how stressful presenting a collection can be.
It very interesting to see what the designer chose to wear at the end of their show.
This makes me think about my own work day.
Sometimes it can get very hectic. A beautiful "breezy" silk chiffon shirt means I don't have to
choose between comfort and style.
I believe, apart from a jacket, that nothing gets you together better than a shirt for the office.
The story about this silk chiffon is a short one.
I was shopping in NYC a couple years ago at Metro Textiles.
Kashi showed me this fabric when I asked him for options to make a bow tie shirt.
When I saw it, I knew I had to have it, it was perfect.
It has so many colors from the Pantone Spring Color Forecast 2012 it made me excited at the time.
What a find!
As you have guessed by now, it went through an incubation period.
I had it in a bag in my coat closet until last month.
I pulled it out and it became the "flagship fabric" for color scheme
of the Mirror Icon capsule.
Navy, Taupe, light grey, highlighted by yellow and orange, I thought this made for a great winter color combo.
Traditional winter colors with a pop of bright colors
As for the construction for the shirt.
Chiffon can be little brat and that's the truth.
It shifts and moves the whole time you are working with it.
But I found that as long as you take you time and hand stitch were you can, things usually go smoothly.
I like the yoke detail at the back and the little loop positioned at the center back of the collar stand to keep
the sash/tie band in place.
Its concealed when you fold down the collar.
That was a great idea.
I decided to change the sleeve at the last minute.
I wanted to make things easier for myself, I don't like cutting into chiffon to construct plackets, its already
difficult to deal with.
So I went with barrel cuffs instead. As seen on Vogue 8825, I decided to keep that design concept going.
For this, I seamed up the cuffs provided, gather and stitch it on to the edge of the sleeve.
This gives the blouse a bohemian vibe, probably invoked by the mood I was in.
I was listening to "Sister of the Moon" by Fleetwood Mac and if you know anything about that group, one
look at Stevie Nicks tells you everything you need to know about what I am referring too.
It went together with no problems and once I tried it on and saw how the back looked, I was totally sold.
Slim pants for spring, here I come.
Look 1 "Manic Monday"
I paired it up with an olive green version of NL6003, previously made in my Holiday capsule.
I found this beautiful suiting in a fabric store on Pitkin Ave, Brooklyn, NY. Another great find, I think the olive green is
so sophisticated. The fabric was made in England.
That was a done deal right there.
Look 2 "A Fall day in Winter"
Seeing that this was the first time I have had olive green in my closet, I had looks on my mind to use with this skirt.
I pulled out this mustard cardigan and coral shirt that was already paired together. Both pieces I rarely use so this
skirt has brought them back into rotation.
I also paired them up with these Grey and Camel boots I recently added to my closet.
Trust me, you will be seeing more it!
Look 3 "Boho Friday"
For this casual Friday look, I paired up the shirt once again with these dark denim navy skinny jeans.
These are low riders, so I hardly wear them but with the ample length of the back of this shirt, it covers everything and more.
I also wore a long cami because of the chiffon. I felt very confident that I was well covered.
I omitted the sash but I felt like I still needed something.
So I added a silver long necklace I got last summer (seen in video)
In conclusion, I highly recommend this shirt, its easy to make and obviously, very versatile.
From the office to weekend, it passed the test.
I can't wait to show you what's coming next......
Let's start from the beginning.
It was an unseasonably warm day in November when I finally sat down to look at the vogue fall collection.
I knew they were out but because of family obligations I didn't have the time to go through them.
I remember scrolling through the patterns and instantly pausing at V8825.
I thought it was a faux wrap dress at first, the technical drawing proved differently but I was still impressed.
How do I love this pattern, let me count the ways.
There is nothing like a shawl collar made from a knit fabric, made even better when it forms into a
surplice bodice at an empire waistline, that lengthens out into a pencil skirt silhouette. I couldn't design it
Of course, I thought, another knit dress, just what I need but I knew this one would look good on me so
I gave in.
Another factor for choosing this dress, was watching a few of the spring collections as I stated in the video.
I also loved the look of this Issa dress I have displayed on my vision board.
This style of dress has a universally flattering appeal, it seems like most body types can pull it off.
The conundrum is always fabric choice isn't it?
I explain making capsules to non sewers as being a designer's assistant.
They hand you the patterns with instructions that you have to come up with the color palette, the concept
of the collection, find the fabric, sew the garments and put together the runway looks all by your self.
My approach for this one was to figure out what color knit dress I haven't made before.
My list was long, obviously I haven't made as many knit dresses as I thought, however, I finally chose Navy Blue.
How could I not have a navy blue dress?
I love blue, it is my absolute favorite color.
Sometimes fabric falls into your lap as you will read in a later post but not this one.
I couldn't find a navy jersey I felt was the perfect color navy or the right weight or any number of
obsessive compulsive reasons to keep hunting for a fabric, until I saw this geometric print on ebay.
Fabric can be truly gorgeous, as in, it will surely take your breathe away causing you to gawk wide eyed
at the screen of your computer, phone or if you are lucky to have it in front of you, wow, that is a moment to behold.
The world stops spinning when you are that excited.
I have a weak spot for geometric prints, I find them very "work friendly" and more serious than their floral counterparts.
That's why I couldn't hit the buy button fast enough, the sooner I buy it, the faster I get it, I thought.
It came three days later.
From the moment I opened that package I knew, that this project would be wonderful.
I had no problems making this dress at all.
I chose to go down a size and that always makes me anxious because I find vogue to be very true to size
with their patterns. I was worried about how the bodice pieces would fold over each other to form the surplice neckline.
Usually, I would pin it, try it on to check the fit.
This time, it didn't even cross my mind, this could have been a huge mistake but it worked out.
The length is good and the best part are the sleeves.
I can't say I am a fan of long sleeve knit dresses, but if I was ever going to do it, this is the year.
I wore this dress on the first day back to work after the new year.
After living in work out outfits and pajamas for a 10 days I wanted to wear something just as comfortable but stylish.
My boots was a Christmas gift from my honey. I had my eye on this one for a while and Santa delivered.
Navy and red lips goes without saying.
Overall, I am happy with this dress.
I know I will have some wadders down the line but this one was a success.
Not a bad way to start the year at all.
I love the beginning of the new year, its a great time to dream up new garments.
I can't wait to show you all what I've been up too.
I started planning this capsule back in November, before my holiday capsule.
be mindful of what patterns I'm choosing for my body type.
Yes, I have always tried to be conscious of it, but seeing that I dropped a lot of weight
(35 lbs to be exact) I had to give away a lot of my older garments that don't fit anymore.
Now that I have the closet space, I want to make better decisions on what I'm picking out for myself.
Sometimes I get wrapped up in the hype of falling in love with what other sewing bloggers
make and tell myself, "I can wear that!"
I know better, all bodies are not created equal and some garments
may only look good because it flatters the person who is wearing it.
Time to go back to square one and revisit the silhouettes that best flatter my body. This year its
about the "look" not the pattern.
Therefore the idea of the Mirror Icon was created, I am my own style icon, I have to know what is going to work, what looks best, I am my own muse.
It doesn't mean that I'm not going to be inspired by others but the inspiration will be the fact that they are doing what I aspire to do, which is, they are looking great in whatever they choose to sew and how they are wearing it. Not their actual garment.
I will be extra critical and choose my patterns with caution.
I will give things away that don't work out immediately instead of keeping them in my closet for a whole year just
because I can't bear to give away my hours of labor.
I will keep working on my body because the better my body looks, the better my clothes look.
Not just by exercise only, but the whole package when it comes to my image.
When I get inspired by runway designs, I want to make them my own.
I resolve to pay attention to the details.
I want to put those ideas into capsules so I can see my creative process, using color and design lines to
keep me in check and giving pieces the ability to work with each other.
I can't sew everything, sometimes its so easy for me to get caught up in the "its so easy" concept.
I resolve to sew what I want to create and buy the rest. This is easier said than done.
I love making my videos and I go back and see a moving almost life-like chronicle of my journey but I
want to get back to capturing the photo details on my blog and writing about it. I need to figure out
a template on how to do this so its consistent.
Is that enough?
Alright onward and upward!