What do I mean by this? I'm gonna start at the beginning...see I'm still eating soft food and frozen yogurt is a favorite. My all time favorite frozen yogurt joint is Pinkberry. I loves me some Pinkberry. When I moved to the Herald Square area I thought I would nevah have Pinkberry again until I googled it and found out that there's a Pinkberry in Macy's. Yeap on the 7th floor between Women's and Children's - Pinkberry.
Normally, I use the 33rd Street & Seventh Avenue side door, slide into the elevators and make it down the main aisle to Pinkberry. Gotta have my frozen yogurt crack...but today I decided that I wanted to ride the escalator up to the 7th floor cause I didn't want to rush back to work. Y'know sometimes you just need a minute...
So on the third floor, the Vince Camuto shop caught my eye and I stepped off. Then I wandered around headed for the INC department but this stopped me in my tracks...
...so I stepped into the Rachel Rachel Roy shop and just gazed in awe at the beauties. The garments were so cool, yet casual and perfect for my new lifestyle that I realized, I'm still not having enough fun with my wardrobe yet.
See in my head, I've known that I've wanted to use some of my corporate menswear fabrics from my fabric collection in cool and funky ways. In Rachel Roy's shop there were quite a few pieces like that and I want to make my own versions of them. The one above uses a menswear plaid for the bodice, a striped shirting for the skirt and sheer fabric for the rest of it. IF I made it exactly like this, I would wear leggings (my new favorite piece of clothing) under it.
Then there was this one ~
It's a sweater knit top with a plaid shirting attached to it at the waistline. I have a few sweaters that I was wondering what to do with them and now I know the fate of at least one of them! Of course my dress will be a little longer in the front worn with some tights...but isn't this just funky and kewl!?!
This is a dress on the website but when I picked it up I thought cool tunic!
Made from a neoprene or a ponte with lots of topstitching. Add a cool zipper/zipper pull with some sleeves to wear over a pair of slim pants or some leggings...yes! I even love the burnt orange color.
I could have wandered around for another hour or two, because I saw a faux leather tunic with a suede pocket, a black 'n white asymmetric top from a lightweight ponte with a zipper inserted at the hemline on an angle and loads of floaty tops. However...Pinkberry was calling!
As I rode the escalator to 7, I realized that I'm being pedantic about sewing new pieces. I still haven't grasped that I can sew "creative" casual clothing...that just because my fellow employees embrace the jean/tshirt or jean/plaid shirt look, it doesn't mean that I have to also...especially because it just doesn't feel like me.
BTW, I did stop and speak to the saleswoman to check on sizing. Rachel Roy doesn't presently have a plus size line but the saleswoman said that RR is working on one. Even though these aren't pricey goods, I couldn't purchase them if I wanted to! Sewing my own versions is the only way to get them!
Now I have some more direction...some new inspiration and later this month some time off to do a little sewing...and I Can't Wait!!!
...as always more later!