It was a month ago that I decided to take part in the Vegas.com 'Ultimate Vegas Outfit' challenge to style an outfit that I could wear at one of their amazing looking Vegas hotels. I don't normally partake in things like this but looking through the pictures of all their Vegas hotels I had some inspiration for my perfect outfit to take me from day to night. Now someone take me to Vegas!! It has to be said that I also liked the fact that the other bloggers taking part in this challenge seem to be fashion bloggers and by sewing my outfit I thought I could approach it in a slightly different way. Plus I have had a sewing dip recently and it gave me just the push I needed to engage my brain and get back into it again.
So what springs to mind when you think of Las Vegas? For me I have never personally had the good fortune to go there but it's definitely on my 'tick list' of places to visit - maybe on an American style road trip from LA along Route 66. I imagine it to be baking hot (well its in the middle of a desert isn't it?!), hugely over the top, very glam (you cant think Vegas without thinking Rat Pack) and basically super fun and flamboyant. I wanted to make something that represented this, something frivolous and full on that would keep me cool in the sun but be dressy enough to wear in the evening. I chose the Bellagio as my inspiration; imagining myself having a meal whilst gazing at their infamous fountains from the veranda at the Picasso restaurant and then ending the evening with a cocktail or two in the Hyde bar with their huge window looking out on to the lights of Vegas.
|Picasso restaurant - courtesy of Vegas.Com|
|Hyde Bar - courtesy of Vegas.com|
It's a long midi wrap skirt with a wide frill that runs around the bottom of the skirt, curves round at the front and joins the waistband creating something that reminds me a little of flamenco dresses. The skirt then ties with two long cotton ties (which took ages to turn out and drove my a little bit mad!!).
Lastly my lovely top is made from the free Workroom Social Tate top which can be found to download here. I found the fabric in a remnant bin in a local shop. Its a funny feeling cotton. It has a slightly raised design on the fabric and it has a little bit of a sheen to it.
My machine hated both the fabric and the cotton I used to sew it together and so its not necessarily the best bit of sewing I have ever done, but I have to say I do love it. It was a super easy pattern to follow. I think I only changed a couple of things. I didn't add the zip in and the back as I thought it was too much on this simple top, instead I made a loop from plaited thread and sewed a flower button on the other side of the top. In retrospect it gapes a little now so I probably should have used a better fastener or sewed it all the way to the top - I think I can still get my head through it - but it still works ok. I also started with the top slightly longer than in the pattern as I was worried to show any belly but when I tried the skirt on with it I realised it was far too long and made me look boxy so I shortened it considerably. The only thing is that the pattern doesn't have any sizing instructions on it, just finished sizes, and so going by what I thought included reasonable ease I cut out a size which was in the end about an inch too wide either side. Easily rectified but I think it would help to add this on to the pattern to make it clearer.
|Taking the skirt for a spin :-)|
So what do you think? I hope you like my first foray into making something without a pattern! Happy sewing everyone!