Continuing on from my Race Day Fashions blog post I've decided to share my very own approach to Race Day Fashions. I've done the research and now know the season I'll be going to the races. The Wagga Gold Cup runs in early May so I'm lucky it'll be trans-seasonal. That means not too hot and not too cold but somewhere delightfully in the middle. So my outfit will definitely have a sleeve and maybe even a light jacket. When it comes to the design of my new outfit I've decided not to spend a lot money on this event. To do that I'll be basing my decisions on a favourite pair shoes that I already have in my wardrobe and a complimentary handbag that suits the event. I'll then be comparing these items to my extensive fabric stash to find the best fabric(s) for this project.
The very specific colour palette of the shoes and bag led me directly to the two fabrics below. For a long time now I've been a fan of print and pattern combinations that can set your outfit apart from the ordinary. The batik print was a gift from an appreciative Balinese manufacturer and the woven pattern in the burgundy fabric was a lucky find from a local charity shop.
As soon as I have the fabric, the garments virtually design themselves. The Tailored Rever Shirt is an existing pattern that I have been perfecting of late with a notion that it might make a good pattern to sell online. And the skirt is a classic Pencil Skirt that I've already digitised and graded in preparation for online sales. If you'd like to know how to make your own classic Pencil Skirt I do have a PDF worksheet available online with instructions to draft your own skirt block and make this classic pattern. Or perhaps all you need is a skirt block in your size to make this classic style.
If you fancy a new race day outfit for the 2018 racing season why not join me on my STUDIO FARO MAKERS Facebook page as I work my way through the creation of this outfit. If you live in the Wagga Wagga area you can join my Wagga Gold Cup Sewing Classes starting early February and running through to April. Once you've nailed your fabric and design ideas why not take this opportunity to join in and learn more about design and pattern making.