Reptile: The Other Animal Print

Thank you, Andrea, for sharing your style journey and great tips on sewing with this Reptile Print Stretch Sequin Tulle!  

After a year of working through the process of wardrobe education and planning, and learning to understand color as it relates to my taste and style. I came out of the year-long “Sewing With a Plan” process with a deeply renewed sense of confidence and trust in my choice of clothing, whether I  make the garment myself or purchase ready to wear.
I had no clue what my style was, I would just make whatever came to mind, or across the “interwebs” with no direction for how it would fit into my wardrobe life.   We learned to understand style and aesthetic from our Wardrobe Consultant, aka, Roz of Sew Much Fabric.  She taught us how to pinpoint our personal style esthetic and taste in clothing, and evaluate our lifestyle or wardrobe life. Mine turned out to be my all-time favorite: Bohemian, aka BOHO.  My secondary style aesthetic,  “Urban Chic” came as a surprise to me, not to mention I didn’t know what it entailed, let alone, how it looked.  I realized how exacting these two styles were for me when I began creating my own mood board via Pinterest.

To end the year, we were challenged to make an outfit that represented our style aesthetic to show at our annual Holiday celebration.  This year we celebrated with a “Runway My Way” Show.  The fashion show was a huge success!  As my commentary was read by Lauren of LFB Color, our Color Strategist, during my “Runway Walk” I felt like a superstar and was extremely comfortable.

Photos by: Victoria Garcia Studios

Pattern and Fabric 

Pattern:  Top and pants- Self-drafted 

Fabric: from Sew Much Fabric

PantsReptile Print Stretch Sequin Tulle

           Lining- Beige Tricot Lining 

           Back yoke and waistband- Leather 

Tank Top– Reptile Print Stretch Sequin Tulle

Back- Golden Amber Rayon Jersey Knit

                  Underlining- Beige Tricot Lining (front only)   

                  Front placket/bindings-calfskin leather I got on a trip to                    Florence, Italy.

Construction Details

Because the project included so many construction elements and fabric combinations, I made sure to document the entire sewing and making of this outfit, along with my Runway Walk on my youtube video.  Here are a few video screenshots to give you an idea of how easy it is to sew this combination.

I am very satisfied with my outfit and will be able to switch it up anytime, to wear the top with jeans or other pants, and the sequin pants, I could easily wear them with a silk blouse and jacket to turn it up.

My sewing has changed tremendously after this experience.  It is much easier to decide what to make and I just don’t stress anymore about what others are sewing.  I am in my own space and I LOVE IT!!!

Photos by: Victoria Garcia Studios

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