Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Stonemountain Style Hacking: Finding Inspiration In Ready-Made Fashion

It's summer and the fashion magazines and retailer catalogs are out in full force, touting breezy, comfortable, beautiful clothes. We are finding endless inspiration, flipping through these images and imaging how easy many of these outfits are to make. This post is all about dissecting and breaking down a ready-made or ready-to-wear outfit, so you too can say, "I can make that!"

 To best re-create these styles, or to hack them, we look at three very important elements:

  1. Take note of the cut of the garment and drape of the fabric (i.e. where the seams are and how the fabric falls on the body).
  2. Search our pattern books to find a similar style to the garment we wish to recreate. 
  3. Search Stonemountain for a fabric that best matches the fiber, drape, weight, and overall look of the inspiration piece. 

We found inspiration in some of the current fashion trends photographed in the Summer 2015 J. Crew catalog. Check out these Stonemountain Style Hacks for inspiration and enjoy finding your own for seasons of sewing to come!

There's nothing more classic than a button-down shirt and blazer. Paired with jeans, slacks, shorts, or practically any bottom option you can think of, this combo offers timeless sophistication. Searching through our fabric wonderland, we found some great hack options for this simple two button blazer and airy ikat button down.

Clockwise starting from the upper left, we chose a beautiful cotton shirting in navy and white stripe, and our cotton Seismograph Ikat in blue (also available in black). For pattern options, we chose Kwik Sew 3715 and the Granville Shirt by Sewaholic. For the blazer, we recommend trying a smart denim, canvas, or linen option. 

Next, we have a sleeveless shell in a floral print, paired with an ikat pant. Talk about pattern mixing! We're seeing ikats EVERYWHERE, which is great because we are a bit OBSESSED with them. Available in varying weights, colors, and prints, these fabrics can be used for garments as well as quilting and home decor projects. They are so beautiful and add a pop of interest wherever they are used.

For the top, we chose one of our graphic floral cotton batiks, great to use with Burda pattern 6809, and for the pants, our  X's & O's Ikat with Vogue V8909 would be a perfect fit.  

We LOVE big, bright, and bold prints. To copy this next look, we grabbed some of our boldest, brightest prints - cotton Kali Geo print and the cotton Marara Zebra print. The Given A Chance Dress by Decades Everyday or New Look 6119 would be PERFECT for these large cottons print by Alexander Henry. Both patterns are great for all skill levels - beginners and beyond - and would show off a big print well.

A simple dress for hot days made out of our of our amazingly soft light-weight ikats is better than air conditioning and just right at the beach or around town.
Clockwise starting from the upper left: Diamond Eye Ikat in navy, Xs and Diamonds Ikat in navy, Salt Spring Dress by Sewaholic, Vogue #8241.

And, finally, nothing says summer like an eyelet dress. Colette has a free downloadable booklet on how to make the Laurel Dress pattern sleeveless and with eyelet fabricThe Piper Dress pattern has a cute detail of a bow in the back, with instructions on how to use eyelet fabric for this pattern.  You could easily make it sleeveless and use bias tape to finish the armscye.
Clockwise starting from the upper left: Laurel Dress by Colette, Piper Dress by Violet Field Threads, Venice Eyelet in royal blue, Alix Eyelet in turquoise.

You too can "style hack" your favorite look because the best part about making your own clothes is that they fit YOU! Any of these garments can be made in our extremely popular Beginning & Beyond 101 class if you have previous sewing experience. If not, try one as your second project after taking the Beginning & Beyond 101, Mini Beginning & Beyond 102, or the Intro to Sewing 35 class and enjoy a summer of sewing!