So I’ve been chugging away at a little side hustle project I’ve been working on, which means I haven’t finished any projects lately. I decided to take this opportunity to bring you another episode of Sew the Runway, a little series I started a while back where I match up some of the current runway trends with corresponding sewing patterns.
First up, Culottes! Who ever thought that culottes would come back in style? (hint: not this girl!) Fashion never seems to fail in repeating itself. I gotta say today’s culottes are bold, modern, and fresh – I kind of love them! Tibi does an edgy leather version which you can find on Moda Operandi. But I know as a sewist you’d rather make your own, and Named Clothing has your back with this adorable Mimosa Culottes pattern. You could easily whip these up in a tiny leather Tibi-style, but I love how named does it in a bright bold color. Because let’s be honest, the culottes probably aren’t here to stay. So why not have a little fun with it!?
Can I get an AMEN for the love of the T-shirt dress?! I think I could literally where some form of shirt-dress every single day and die a happy woman. Sea dresses their version up a bit with some leather piping details. You can mimic the same look using the Inari Tee Dress from Named Clothing (yes another Named pattern but I mean they are amazing can you blame me?) I have about
fifty two Inari’s already planned out in my sewing future. Just a matter of trucking through that endless things-to-sew list!
I love a retro look a little more than the average girl. So you may be surprised to hear I’m not really into flares. Maybe its because I’m a shorty, and for flares to look good on me a bit of a heel is in order (which I’m not always in the mood to wear). All that aside I’m kind of in love with this quirky look from Apiece Apart and I’m not even sure why. I do know why I love the Birkin Flares by Baste + Gather. Even though I know I probably won’t wear them a ton, I’m dying to make my own. You can also recreate the cute flutter sleeve crop top look with this vintage Simplicity 6352 pattern.
I’ve mentioned the line WHiT before so I know by now y’all are catching on to my love of Whitney Pozgay’s designs (maybe a little biased because I’ve had the pleasure to work for Whitney). Her Fall 2016 collection had the richest color palate and most interesting shapes including this ruffled top. Get a similar but more subtle effect with the Magellan top from Aime Comme Marie – a lovely french pattern designer I recently discovered.
One of my favorite things about sewing is how accessible high-fashion looks become when you have the ability to create your own versions. We are lucky to have so many amazing indie pattern companies today that help us sewists achieve these looks.
Have you spotted the potential to sew the runway with any of your favorite indie companies? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.