However, I set aside my personal issues with unconscious bias to volunteer to manage the Bargainista/Fashionista contest this month. Why? Because I like looking at pictures of pretty, expensive garments and I love seeing reviews where members try to knock off those expensive garments. This also gives me a way to vicariously enjoy the contest without the added stress of actually entering a garment.
In the spirit of the contest, I want to sew along with the participants. I'm fairly sure that I know what I'll be sewing (and if you peek over at the contest thread on PR, you'll see a picture), but I thought I'd post some of the other projects that I was considering. Who knows, maybe I'll change my mind!
Here they are (in no particular order):
Philip Lim draped crossover blouseFirst up is this Philip Lim blouse that's all over Pinterest:
|Philip Lam draped crossover blouse|
Both HotPatterns and StyleArc have released their takes on this blouse in recent months, and knockoffs are showing up left and right in retail.
|HotPatterns Riviera Acqualina Blouse|
|StyleArc Dotty blouse|
Bomber Jacket(s)Next up, I want a bomber jacket. I love the current trend of using non-traditional fabrics in a bomber jacket design. I like both the trend of suiting fabrics and florals (although my husband would likely say that the floral versions make the model look like she's wearing a couch--he hates florals). Also, I like the idea of mixed material sleeves, and I have a lightweight, drapey faux leather that I think would be perfect for bomber jacket sleeves. Here are a few RTW bombers that I've pinned:
|Tweed jacket with faux leather sleeves by Sejour|
|Floral Bomber jacket by Rag & Bone|
|Navy floral bomber jacket (designer unknown)|
StyleArc also has a really stylish-looking bomber jacket, but A) I don't already own the pattern B) the pattern is pretty expensive, even for StyleArc, and C) it appears to be more of a traditional bomber style:
|StyleArc Emelia jacket|
Lace overlay blouse with pipingFinally, there's this cute lace overlay blouse from Ruche:
|Ruche lace overlay blouse with piping|
|StyleArc Amber blouse|
Decisions, decisions! Hmmmmm....