Friday, December 9, 2016

Style Session: 1 Skirt, 3 Looks: Runway Skirt Blog Tour + Giveaway

I'm going to show you how to easily get multiple outfits from just one wardrobe staple. As unique as my fabric combination was I was able to style the Savvy Patterns Runway skirt 3 ways.
I love pattern testing, but it's not because of the free pattern or the exclusive membership of being a known tester or the Ya Ya Sisterhood you form in a testing group, although, the first and last reasons are pretty good; it's because I love to dress up and style photos! Believe it or not I hate selfies. I never look as good in selfies as I do in real life or so I like to think. But get me in front of a camera and I am Tyra Banks, ok not really, but I feel like it. I also love to help out "friends".

 Although, I mostly know Audrey from the Top Stitchers Competition (see the time  won!) and its Facebook sewing community, I have grown to admire her and her work at Skirt Fixation, her work with Project Run and Play and various other sewing related connections. So, with all of that back story you can imagine that when I saw her tester call for her FIRST PATTERN EVER I was immediately on board: exclusive new pattern, another Ya Ya Sewing Sisterhood and helping a friend, yes please!

Audrey started Savvy Patterns  and her first release is this super cute vintage inspired skirt pattern aptly titled, the Runway Skirt. What's so show stopping about this pattern? Well, it's the godets that swish and swirl as you strut your stuff at work and church...or is that just me? When I was picking out my fabric I had two choices: I could go bold (typically my first choice) or I could do toned down sophistication. Well, I think this skirt allowed me to do both. I found this deep navy Ponte Roma Knit from Joann Fabrics and navy & cheetah godets. If you've read this far I just want to encourage you to stick around because there's a giveaway for a generously donated copy of the pattern at the end.

 This skirt pattern is labeled as a pencil skirt, but it's more loose fitting than today's version of a pencil skirt. However, don't think it's your grandma's vintage skirt pattern. Thisskirt is cute, cute, cute and goes from pencil to midi to maxi length. It's sometimes hard to wear very distinctive pieces of clothig so I thought I'd share a few styling tips.

I wouldn't say that I styled the skirt in a particular design category. I basically, just made my "bold or toned down" decision all over again. In this case I went bold-ish, bold-y and toned down in reference to the tops I chose and I love how each look turned out. Originally, I set out to make a vintage-y top, but time and sanity quickly gave way and I didn't like how my top was coming out. So, off to the thrift store I went. I already knew what shoes I was going to wear and that I wanted pearl jewelry.  I found the wrap top and necklace at a consignment boutique and the navy top at a Beall's outlet. When styling an outfit, I never underestimate the power of cheap finds. *Wink*

For the pattern cover I needed a neutral colored  top. Even though the top is neutral it creates a high contrast against my dark skirt. I found this faux wrap top at a consignment shop. The top happens to be White House Black Market whom I love, but could probably only ever afford them like this. This top is a little blousier and would help hide any fold-y bits that a lady might have around the belly and back area. In this case, I matched my top to my shoes and godets (classic styling). The similarity in color draws the eyes to each matching element so don't be surprised to find people looking you up and down. They are supposed to do that. This look is great for work, casual business lunches, church and PTO meetings. Be the hot mom.

Bold-y (you know you love these terms)
I had this great knitted ponchowith an asymmetrical hem that I love and often throw over my go-to dress for church when it gets a little cooler. I thought it had a classic/vintage-y vibe to it, but was also uncommon enough to warrant a few head turns. Again that contrast draws attention to the lighter colored accessories and the stand out godets on the skirt. Another reason this works is that pairing a looser item (poncho) with a slim fitting item (skirt) is a great way to work in more flowy pieces without looking like a bum (baggy clothes all over). The slim piece gives a  more pulled together and tailored look.

Toned Down
I thought that keeping a slender profile would add a little Boss Lady sophistication to my look. I kept it paired with the my nude shoes and pearls which class up the simple t-shirt I'm wearing.  I actually wore this look to an interview recently and at least I looked killer. I really enjoy the simplicity ad light weight of the top and I wear it this way most often. The understated monotone really make my godets pop, but aren't garish and people take notice. I get to pretend I didn't mean to look like a fox. "What this old thing?" Positive fashion attention?  Always a win for me.

Favorite things about this skirt:

It's really comfortable. It's not super tight so I can hide my muffin top while hinting at my feminine assets. Did I mention my husband really likes this skirt, too? And I can style it at least three ways with my current wardrobe and several more in the future. Plus, I kinda made the cover. :-)

If you'd like to sew up your own Runway Skirt,  today is the last day to get the pattern for 20% off - No Coupon Needed!  

Audrey is also giving away a copy of the Runway Skirt Pattern AND a $25 Urban Sew Gift Card . The Giveaway ends on 12/10.

 Enter the Giveaway Here

Also, be sure to check out the other ladies on the blog tour. They have made some AMAZING skirts. I am sew inspired (cheesy pun) and can't wait to make more for myself. I've been seriously eyeing some fabric that I bought for my daughter to amke myself another skirt - she won't know, right? 😯 (I found emojis, don't judge me). Thanks for sticking with me to the end! You can find the links to the rest of the tour posts below:

Catch up with the blog tour here:

Image Map

12-5 Friends Stitched Together & Very Blissful Blog

12-6 Call Ajaire & Sew Mariefleur

12-7 Rebel And Malice & Inspinration & Shaffer Sisters

12-8 Paisley Roots & Feather Flights & Skirt Fixation

12-9 Enantiomerproject & My Sweet Sunshine & Sew Haute Blog

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Why Sew Haute?

So, I have been having this absolutely nagging feeling that plagues me lately. I want to be GREAT at something. Actually, I will take REALLY GOOD as well. Of course, the first person that I expressed this to, my sister, said, "Whatever, Tara" which is the response that I knew that I would get, but I'm dead serious. Most days I feel like this:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years, you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.”
-Ira Glass

There is having a skill and then there is being absolutely awesome, like come up with stuff no one else thinks of awesome and that I don't have under any circumstances. Of course, my first inclinations are writing and sewing seeing as how I'm studying Creative Writing as an English Major and plan to launch a clothing line in the future.

Right now, I would say that I'm mediocre to moderately good depending on who is judging me. I would say I'm past the beginner stage in sewing mostly because I'm just not afraid to try anything. If it comes out horrible I will make it work for the event or photos and keep it moving, but that doesn't make me happy. A little while ago I watched a Ted Talk that said that it only takes 20 hours of practice to "master" a skill. That's about 40 minutes a day for a month. That is so encouraging...until I look at my schedule: working full time, new marriage, six-year-old, and school part-time, serving at church not to mention that I've taken up mystery shopping so that we can pay down our debt, all the while trying to be a good friend and semi-decent family member. Have I been successful? I'm not quite sure, but I'm still trying.

This is the place where I plan to document my progress as I try new things and show you how, but probably more accurately how not to sew yourself some gorgeous clothes. I love styling my own shoots and I'll share some tips for taking photos too. So whether you're just starting, have been sewing for awhile, sew for yourself or sew for others I hope to give sewing inspiration for the self-taught seamstress. Welcome to the Sew Haute Blog.
                                                               - Teronia Sherece

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