Thursday, 1 March 2012

Net-a-Porter inspiration for my own self-made garments.

It's not often I get some time to just surf the net without thinking I should be dashing around all over the place so I thought I would get some inspiration from the world wide web, and in particular see what the web site Net-a-Porter is showcasing new arrivals.

I love to snoop shop and think what fabrics and patterns do I have that I could recreate my own twist on a designer garment and here is a small selection of ideas for consideration.  The descriptions are taken from Net-a-Porter followed by my comments:-

Ladylike style makes a chic return for SS12 and L Wren Scott's flora-print georgette top is an elegant way to work the trend.  Complement the pretty shade of duck-egg blue with a neutral pencil skirt, nude heels will finish a perfectly polished look.

This blouse and skirt is so similar to Vogue1127 which I have already made and reviewed about on PR.  I purchased some lovely melon silk with bright red flowers, which will make a good copy of this and will be just a little cheaper than the £680 price tag.  I may go for a grey skirt as I also have grey shoes, but I do love this colour combination so will keep my eyes open for similar fabrics.

Valentino's feminine sweaters have become a key part of its collections over recent seasons - this particular one is a mixture of wool, silk, lace and cashmere and has a price tag of £880.

Now I am thinking I just need to find a reasonably priced boat neck sweater, perhaps in a lovely cotton knit or silk or even cashmere, price permitting, remove the sleeves and replace them with some lace, and the re-attaching the cuffs.  Needless to say those of us with serger/overlockers will make short work of this transformation for a fraction of the cost and I think could be an afternoon project.  I like these sort of "posh sweaters" because they make a comfortable alternative to a more dressy blouse/shirt.

This little number is Textile Elizabeth and James Austin rose print silk shirt priced at £175.

There must be 101 patterns that could make this blouse up so I don't think I need to suggest any.  I do have some pretty cotton fabric in my stash, with mini blue roses on that could produce something similar to this, but wouldn't be quite as soft as a silk.

 This colour-block crepe dress priced at £385.00 is designed by Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane for their Versus collection. 
I have McCalls 6111 in my stash that I think could adapt really well for this dress after some nifty skirt reduction and colour block insertion.

I hope I have given you a few ideas.

Catch you later..............................

1 comment:

  1. I like your way of thinking Pauline especially since I'm on a mission to use up my stash fabric,notions,etc.

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