It has been a depressingly long time since I posted any outfit that I have sewn on this blog. As much as designing and sewing is my passion, I haven’t had the time or the space to get back into designing, but all that is about to change. With some time to breathe, I feel a renewed passion for sketching and sewing, and I have been trying to ease myself back into it slowly with small projects such as this top.
I was originally inspired by the contrast of my orange color block heels with these glen plaid pants, and wanted to crate a top that was similarly bold in cold and large in shape to balance out the fitted pants. I found this abstract ikat fabric, and decided to turn it into an asymmetrical peplum top. Although this was my first sewing project in awhile, I mistakingly thought it would be an easy shape and I could drape it quickly and whip it up in a day. Of course, that could not have been further from the truth, as I realized my draping skills were a little rusty (I never loved tons of volume when I studied design in school, so I steered clear of making asymmetrical shapes like this in practice). I designing an overlapping, asymmetrical front peplum and an invisible side zipper . Unfortunately no sooner than after I finished hand sewing the hem did I realize that due to my side zipper and overlapping front, there was no way this top was going to fit over my shoulders! I had to take out out my side seam 4″ and attach a sneaky hook and eye closure in order to close up this top, which of course is a big learning for my next creation! Anyway, I love the overall look and feel of this top, and I can already think of 3-4 other ways to style it which I know people will be surprised by since it appears to be a very specific top. Anyway, I can’t wait to work on some more projects (my next one is coming soon!) and share them with you here on the blog. Please let me know what you think as I really love your feedback on my designs!