Loving my latest creation, which is this adorable plaid 2 piece set with an exaggerated ruffle tank and contrast trims. I’m wearing it here on my latest trip to Lake Tahoe, but I’ve actually worn it around a few times over the past few weeks, without the opportunity to photograph until now.
My favorite part about the set is the mix of print and trim, which is a combination I discovered while filming this print mixing video. I bought a few yards of the yarn dye shirting plaid at Joann Fabrics a month or so ago, and have been hoarding my favorite black and white chevron ribbon trim for years, stocking up on it every time I get to East Coast Trimming in NYC. I think the combination is a little sporty, a little masculine, and totally fresh.
The inspiration for this top is pretty simple. In one of my YouTube pattern-making tutorials (please subscribe if you aren’t already!) I showed how to make the pattern for this exaggerated flounce top, a dupe of one designed by Marques Almeida. In the tutorial I show you how to use a basic bodice sloper (or block) and slash and spread it until you create this sweetheart tank style top with a super curved hem. I fully lined the entire top and reinforced the curve with 2″ horsehair braid, which gives it a little more structure, and yes, makes it stand out from the body a bit.
I wanted to make a simple short to balance out the over the top proportion of the tank, so I re-used my McCalls M7547 pants and overall pattern to make a quick and easy side zip short, making sure to add in my side trims before sewing up the side seams. For some people they might be a bit long, but I find the length quite chic and age appropriate!
I absolutely love the final look as it is perfect for summer get togethers and hangout with kiddos, and somehow it’s young and age appropriate at the same time. I styled it with a fun kids’ headband and my everyday white sneakers in this pic, but I’ve also worn it before with with an oversize cardigan and jean jacket for warmth, and sandals as well.