Friday, May 8, 2020

From Inspiration to Real Life

A few weeks ago, I did a Monday Morning Inspiration post on items that I thought would make great outfits for at home wear, especially since we are all spending so much time at home. I absolutely fell in love with the outfit below from Maria Pinto, so much so that I just had to try and recreate it. At least use it for inspiration for something that I would truly wear. 

I had a fabulous navy blue knit lace, and a solid navy knit. Score! As you can see, I used the Maria Pinto piece as inspiration, but didn't copy it exactly. I like sleeves, and knew that I would wear the piece more often if it had sleeves. 

If you look closely at the Maria Pinto piece, it looks like the top is strapless. That I knew for sure I would not enjoy. For my top, I used a pattern from Naughty Bobbins Patterns, the Summer Solstice Bra Top. The pattern has a built in shelf bra, so no need for a bra!!! The leggings are the Loveland Leggings from Sew News. 

I absolutely love the back of the Summer Solstice Top.

I included this picture just to give you an idea of how the lace will look once it's on the body. 

I did not use a pattern for the lace dress/tunic, but there are lots of swingy dress patterns on the market. McCall's 8062  would work well, just cut off the points at the hemline.

Pictures of me in the outfit will come soon. I had so much fun putting this together. The pieces will mix and match with a number of other garments. So, I think I will be wearing this quite a bit this spring/summer.

Have you been inspired by a particular garment? I would love to hear about it! Leave a comment in the message section, or email me :)
Happy Sewing!!!

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  1. What a wonderful idea and a lovely outfit, thank you !!

  2. Lovely, Rhonda! Things are beginning to open up here in Texas. Beauty Salons opened yesterday and stores and restaurants (for sit down service) opened this past Monday. Certain restrictions in place for all, (% occupancy, distancing, masks, etc) but more folk are getting out and about. There will be a real church service tomorrow!

    1. Thanks Linda :) I have my fingers crossed that my salon will open the 1st of June, and that I'll be able to get my hair done.

  3. This is a lovely outfit! Thanks for the links to the top, I'll have to check that out.

    1. Thanks Graca :) I absolutely LOVE the top. It will be made many times for the summer.

  4. Rhonda, this turned out beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration.