Hey y’all, Amy here. By now I would imagine most of you have heard about the #sewfrosting challenge. Heather and Kelli have dared us all to make something (or things!) that bring us joy, push us out of our comfort zones and most of all are really fun to make! For this inspo post I looked to the SS19 runways of the major fashion houses to see what ideas I could translate into real clothes. For each idea I scoured The Foldline (which is an amazing resource if you haven’t been there) and pulled some patterns that could bring these ideas to life! So let’s dive in and get inspired to make some capital “F” fashion.
PAPER BAG WAIST PANTS IN A JEWEL TONE
Something about these high-waisted pants in this cobalt blue just immediately made me need satin pants. I always love the idea of dressy without an actual dress and there is nothing more put together than beautifully tailored slacks and a statement heel. In a jewel tone shantung or even this microsuede caramel these are the sweet, sweet buttercream frosting of pants.
FAUX FUR COAT
There is something so indulgent about making a coat in a super fun faux fur. It’s not black. It’s not basic. It is the equivalent of driving around a convertible with the top down as opposed to a mini van. We all deserve to drive the Mazeratti sometimes, you know? Let’s go Cruella DeVilles! Let’s make some coat frosting.
The idea here is all about fabric. What makes Chanel, Chanel is the special tweeds, boucle wools and hand woven fabrics they use every season. Here is a chance to use up some very precious fabric you have been hoarding and cut a super simple, timeless shift dress. You could even add some rows of double-breasted gold buttons to any of these to really bring the Coco.
VOLUME IN BOLD NEUTRALS
This season there was a lot of things on the runway that gave the impression they were straight from the set of The Young Pope. Billowing vestments, brought a gravitas to gowns, and sleeves with volume; a new shape. Sometimes being all covered up in sexier than showing a lot of skin and when paired with a bold hue of red or white or black there is no more modern take on evening.
ONE SHOULDER IN CRAZY COLOUR
Ok, I know. This is nuts. But this acid green will be showing up in a big way this year and this is just a jump off point. Any of these designs would be good in a fun print or other bright hue if green is not your colour. The main point is that one shoulder, an asymmetrical neckline, or one sleeve is the antithesis of boring. Frosting is not boring, people.
SHOULDER TREATMENT IN EMBELLISHED FABRIC
This idea is the one I am most excited about personally. I love the simplicity of this almost Joan of Arc shoulder embellishment and how easy it is to put it on top of what could be a very simple dress. You could make the shift dress out of a very wearable colour that could easily go under a blazer for a work event and then pop your sparkly shoulder cape on top and head to a NYE party. Splash out on some beaded or sequinned fabric (since you only need a little bit) and turn yourself into a glittery warrior princess.
There you have it! Are you inspired? Can’t wait to see what you all have in your piping bags (get it?!) These frosting jokes will never get old. Happy decorating!