Graphic Prints and Color Blocking Fan of the iconic look? Graphic-printed pieces made big statements on the catwalk with their loud colors and combinations. Color-blocking brought out a great contrast against them, too, and the smooth, saturated colors were show-stopping. Styles like this are always fun to work with. Solid colors can energize you when you look in the mirror, and a strong graphic can give off the message of your look from a mile away. For looks like these, consider such fabrics as: Purple and Orange Duo Following their debut in fall, orange and purple palettes are still in full swing on the runway for Spring 2017. Their contrast is still attractive, a mix of warm and cool, and they're here to stay. From florals to solids, this color combo is fairly versatile. Don't be afraid to mix and match! Try styling any of these fabrics into your wardrobe for this look: Orange... And Purple... Oversized Sleeves Another return from Fall 2016, over-sized sleeves were generously sprinkled throughout the designer showcases. Good with both light- and heavy-weight fabrics, over-sized sleeves are a perfect transitional style for the weather changing between fall and spring. You can also take advantage of their design to work volume into your ensemble's silhouette (like DKNY's style above!). Heavier fabrics like these can help you achieve this weighted looked: Off-the-Shoulder How classy! Straight-edged and low-cut, many designers showed off their shoulders with exposing styles much like the midriff and center-exposed styles. You could lump them all together into one category, but each type of exposure got so much individual focus, it could be considered a crime not to give them each a spotlight of their own. Exposed shoulders have always had a place on the style board for their elegant and sophisticated images. Draped or fitted, this style is beautiful in its own way. Many types of fabrics work will for this look, but if you need some inspiration, start with these: Low-cut Necklines Low-cut and square collars and necklines adorned many of the models at the show. Appealing for it's focus on the collarbone and shoulders, square neckline pieces can be flattering, giving the appearance of a wider torso and slimmer waistline. Like in the pictures above, accenting the actual edge of the neckline can be very powerful for your ensemble. Using fabrics with patterns or colors that contrast the rest of the piece can achieve this! Consider fabrics like this to get this look: 70s/80s Influences With bright colors and bold lines, a lot of styles carried the influence of the 70s and 80s on the runway for this season's show. This style is a great excuse to wear flashy fabrics and patterns. The point is to really stand out, so don't be shy! Loud and bright fabrics like these are great for creating these looks: Activewear Lots of the Spring 2017 designs sported eyelet fabrics and mesh for a nice, breathable style. Ranging in color and pattern, this style is forgiving in that you can mix and match different visual textures and shapes without sacrificing a clean look overall. If you'd like to make your own activewear style, check out these fabrics: Cut-Out Fabrics The last trend to highlight is cut-out styles! This style is more for visual focus than anything else, as their design draws the eye by playing with absence and empty space. Cut-out style looks best with fabrics that can provide clean, bold lines. The appeal is the clean cut, so make sure to work that into your design! Fabrics like these would be great options:
Huge, bold prints are one of my favorite things, year round. For spring though, I love transforming them into skirts.
Typically, I go for a more retro look when creating my own clothes, but I decided to modernize this midi a little bit with a long, asymmetrical hem. The print is Mood's Deep Sea Blue Floral Cotton Lycra Sateen and for the lining I went with a black cotton sateen that had a beautiful sheen to it.
This skirt was so simple, it barely needed a pattern. I folded 2.5 yards of fabric and cut a slight curve for the bottom of the skirt, like you see above. The front of the skirt was on the fold, and I started about 22" down, so the shortest part would fall around my knees.
When it came to constructing the skirt, the first step was sewing the right sides together at the hem. From there, the back seam was sewn, up to about 8" from the waistband, leaving room for a zipper.
Once the back was together, the fabric could be turned right side out and ironed along the hem. At this point, I essentially had a huge tube of fabric that could probably fit around my dining room table. It was time for box pleats!
From both the print and the lining, I cut a 3" strip of fabric the length of my waist. I added 8 box pleats to the skirt, and pinned the strips of fabric on top for the waistband. If you have a small waist, you'll end up with larger or more pleats, making your skirt a lot fuller. If you'd like to avoid that, you can use less than 2.5 yards. But who doesn't love super full skirts? They're so fun to twirl around in!
To finish the waistband, I folded the the top of the strips inward, and top-stitched along the edge, leaving slightly more of the print peeking out from above the black. I added an invisible zipper to the center back of the skirt, and it was complete! A windy photo shoot ensued:
sateen, chiffon, pink bias tape, Jacquard textile fabric paint.Leslie's Rapunzel Costume was made using
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