Wow, I can't believe Week 4 is already here and I've made it this far! When I heard week 4's theme -- Signature Style, I was excited to show off my style. I definitely have a particular style which is very Bohemian. I love all Boho styles -- the effortless, relaxed fashion and all the use of various decorative trims, fringe, pompoms, tassels and embroidery to name a few. This week I wanted to share my vision of Boho-Chic with you all.
Bohemian designs incorporate a lot of ethnic, folk and floral patterns. So when choosing fabrics for this week I wanted to show two different boho styles which led me to make one dress in floral and the other using a fabric with gorgeous embroidery details. Fun fact -- both of these fabrics are actually up-cycled from RTW kimonos. I had ordered a mustard kimono a few months back and tried it on and it was just too big on me so I was going to return it. Before I put it in the mail though, I thought why not keep it to cut up and sew a top for myself because I was obsessed with this fabric. While on the hunt for a floral fabric to pair with the mustard dress for this week, I ended up coming across another kimono that I thought would be perfect. Photos of the kimonos before and after I cut in to them below.
For the first dress, I drafted a sweet off-the-shoulder dress using one of my favorite techniques, shirring, for a delicate look on the bodice plus it makes it super comfy to wear. The dress can be worn on the shoulders as well. I love fun, unique details so the sleeves I added two ruffled layers with the bottom layer having a rolled hem on the border print. To bring in the chic element I made a braided belt out of suede I found in my stash (from my previous adventure in sewing baby moccasins) and added fringe detailing to it and styled the dress with a simple choker and suede Panama hat.
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