Bringing Runway to Real Life
Nasya Newport | Date posted: March 4th, 2013
This past week was one of my favourite times of year, New York fashion week! All week long, I would sit down and flip through the days’ shows, examining the upcoming fall fashions and getting inspired by the new fabrics and silhouettes. Now how I can get a head start on incorporating them into my Fall 2013 wardrobe?
Even though designer fashions have a high price tag and quality that is unmatched, there’s no reason why you can’t find a way to bring those same ensembles into your own closet and even make them truly unique to you! Here are a few simple things that you can do to a commercial pattern to mimic what has walked down the runway.
1. Find an image of a designer garment that you would like to create.
2. Chose a commercial pattern that has a similar silhouette to that garment. Even if the pattern is not exactly the same, the shape is what counts. You can always add or take away details that might not be exact as well as lengthen or shorten as needed.
3. Go shopping for fabric of a similar texture, colour, and weight as your inspiration and follow the guidelines of your pattern.
4. You can also make small changes, to give it your own flare. Change your fabric selection, change the type of zipper, or even add in contrasting piping to the seams.
Making these changes and following an inspiration to amend a commercial pattern can give you a polished look that just walked off the runway (like the models seen at the Charlotte Ronson show pictured above). Check out style.com for the current fall 2013 fashion ready-to-wear trends.
Nasya designs custom bridal gown and accessories in addition to being the Studio Director for The Sewing Studio's Toronto and NYC locations. Nasya has been sewing since she was 5 years old and received...