Today for the Roksi Trio Sewalong I am going to go into a little more detail about the Roksi Trio, as well give you some inspiration to give you some ideas to make the Roksi unique to you!
The Roksi Trio pattern has three views: a crop, tank, and dress. Each view is reversible, and meant to be mixed and layered with the other views to give you 26 possible outfit combinations. Its not entirely necessary to use the pattern in this way however! You may want to just make one view of the Roksi, and not even have it be reversible. Thats totally fine! Or maybe you want to make a tiered tank or dress without dealing with separate garments… also fine! I will be getting into the nitty gritty of how to accomplish these looks on day 5 when we talk about customization.
All these possibilities might be a little overwhelming, so I wanted to put together some inspiration boards for you to help you visualize what the Roksi could be.
If your style is more minimalist, you may want to go the monochromatic route with your Roksi layers. I really love the idea of an ombre effect Roksi with the colors of each layer fading from light to dark or vice versa, then another color way on the other side. This was actually my inspiration for one of my samples (the yellow one!) With a monochromatic Roksi Trio you dont have to stress about mixing prints or matching with the reverse side, especially if you choose a complimentary color scheme for each side.
This is where you can really have fun with it! Since there are so many mix-and-match possibilities, you do have to be a little strategic with your fabric choices here. If you want to go the print mixing route with your Roksi, I recommend setting some parameters for yourself. Perhaps pick a color scheme for each side and stick with it. Play with prints of different scales. Use prints that only have 2-3 colors in them. Ground the prints with a corresponding solid for the uppermost or bottom most layer. If you are buying fabric online, this is a good time to order a bunch of swatches and experiment. Or go to the fabric store to get a good visual.
I’m dying to see a fun stripe-mixed Roksi! The Roksi is fun for stripes since the side seams run off grain. So playing with stripe direction could really have some great results here. Use one stripe fabric and play around with direction. Mix stripe color and/or scale. Use a multicolor stripe for one layer and corresponding solid color stripes for the others. Avoid stripe overwhelm by doing a monochromatic theme on the reverse side.
This is quite similar to the mixed print category. But I’m a florals girl all around so I had to give them their own spot. Florals are so fun to mix because the theme itself ties them together. Use a different colored ditsy floral for each tier. Experiment with scale by starting with smaller florals on top and going to larger florals on bottom. With florals the key is to find one thing to tie them together, whether its scale, color, or style (painterly, vintage, photorealistic).
A BIT MORE ABOUT ROKSI…
As you are working your way through the Roksi, you will see some unique features in my pattern that may be helpful to you along the way.
First, all of my patterns are layered PDFs. This means you can easily print only your size using Adobe Reader. Use THIS VIDEO if you are unsure how to do so. Also, your instruction book is interactive for easy navigation. Simply click on any number in the table of contents to be taken to the corresponding page. Or click on the spool in the bottom right corner to be taken back to the table of contents. There are also several clickable links in the pattern as well.
Don’t forget taller ladies may want to adjust for height using the lengthen/shorten lines as my patterns are drafted for petites (5’4” and under). However, this pattern can also be lengthened by simply adding length to the hemline as well. This will add a little more flare to your Roksi depending on how much you add… but who ever had a problem with extra flare!? 😉
I can’t let you go without telling you about Roksi’s namesake, my bestie Rita! Every Amy Nicole pattern is named after an inspiring woman. I met Rita in my early 20s and we instantly bonded over all things crafty and our general love for just having FUN. You can’t be around her and not smile! The easy going, playful nature of the Roksi Trio immediately made me think of her. Plus she’s not one to shy away from doing a little print mixing!
And that wraps up day 2 of the Roksi Trio Sewalong! Tomorrow we will dive into fabrics and supplies needed to complete your Roksi.
Don’t forget to hashtag your progress photos with #roksitriosewalong and tag me @amynicolestudio!
Happy Roksi Sewing!