Does anyone else find it really weird buying RTW clothes after you’ve been sewing for a while? I went to Westfield the other day and felt like an alien amongst the miles of rails. It’s quite disconcerting! So I had a bit of fun this evening going through my Pinterest boards of RTW inspiration and doing a bit of matchy-matchy to patterns and fabrics. It’s quite remarkable how closely some of the patterns I already own mirror some of the silhouettes I would love to steal from RTW clothes, once you learn to ignore the often horrible styling of the pattern envelopes and look at the line drawings instead. I suppose the biggest challenge is actually finding suitable fabrics for each one: I find it hard to find subtle prints like these in quality fabrics.
First up, three frocks from my brand crush, Sessun:
I love nearly everything Sessun designs, but their pieces are usually out of my budget for everyday wear. I’ve found pretty darn close pattern matches for each one, don’t you think? They’re getting bumped high up my to-sew list as soon as I find good fabrics.
This is a really cute spring outfit from Joy. I’ve yet to make Colette’s free Sorbetto because I rarely wear sleeveless tops, but it shouldn’t be too hard to extend them into kimono sleeves.
I’m short on trousers in my wardrobe that aren’t jeans or jersey, and I do love a neutral coloured printed pant to add interest to a plainer top half. I’ve had Burda 7017 tucked away for a while, which has those cool yoke pockets and the carrot-type leg shape of these Zara chinos. And I have that chevron twill fabric all ready, so better get sewing.