Colour me pretty.

How about a bit of embellishing with colour?

This Roksanda Ilincic gown looks so fashion forward. This would be easy to replicate on any dress you already own, with just a piece of matching (or contrasting) fabric. You could even consider a clashing print.

Polyvore!

A Détacher / Kieta Top
$565 - lagarconne.com
3 4 sleeve tops »

I love Thakoon but….

I’m not sure how I feel about this….

The boot itself is super cool for those with slim legs however that sock is actually attached and is part of the boot. I’m not sure if this is rockable outside a fashion shoot? Plus, how do you wash the sock? hmmmm

Speaking of sparkly

Speaking of embellishments, these Sam Edelman’s would be quite handy in my wardrobe thank you….

 

Embellish your words…

When I say embellishments, the first thing that probably pops into your head these days is ‘shoulders’. We have been overwhelmed lately with the amazing jewels that you can find on the shoulders of a garment in almost any store at the moment, from High End to High Street. The trend that started with the Balmain jacket is having a great run and personally I still love it, however in the interest of interest lets focus on some other styles for this post.

How about some collar action?

Alberta Ferretti

From Anthropologie

Or a bit stronger with some jackets.

Temperley London

I love that this Anthropology jacket is embellished yet not with anything sparkly. It makes it more unusual and striking.

Skirts are not immune to some sprucing up…

A little bit of applique and some tulle, on display on this gorgeous Chanel number, make a plain skirt suddenly the centerpiece.

This purple Mui Mui confection proves that pockets can be the only embellishment needed. How easy would it be to add some statement pockets to any skirt!

I also believe that embellishments do not need to be A/ Over the top or B/ Permanent. As you can see below, the simple addition of a fabulous brooch at the perfect spot can take a dress to another level.

 

Give us some great fabric!

It can often be so hard to find fabric these days that is worthy of the time and effort it takes to create a one off piece. Unfortunately the big fabric chain stores very rarely have inspiring fabric available. Which is why we went on a mission to find the best Australian Fabric shops. It is by no means a final list so please feel free to add your favourites in the comments section!

 

Our favourite shop at the moment is Tessuti Fabrics. They not only have two physical shops (one in Sydney and one in Melbourne) but an online shop and an inspiring blog! Hours have been whittled away in their Flinders Lane shop here in Melbourne and the assistants are so friendly and helpful, but also very knowledgeable. It really does make such a difference. Head to their website to check out the online shop and location details, http://www.tessuti.com.au.

 

The next two are also great for online shopping. Retro Age Vintage Fabrics (www.vintagefabrics.com.au) has some amazing and unusual fabrics available. How can you not fall in love with this 1960’s couture silk?

Also online, and unusual is Sanshi Fabrics. Based in Perth, these guys specialise in Japanese fabrics. They have a gorgeous range of Kimono fabrics, along with old post card images found in Japanese flea markets that have been silk screened onto silk. http://www.sanshi.com.au

Sticking with the Perth theme, a few WA sewing friends have recommended Fabulous Fabrics (www.fabulousfabrics.com.au) which has an impressive amount of plain and embellished laces and trims. Also on the radar is Beautiful Fabrics (www.beautifulfabricswa.com.au).

Back in Melbourne, the original fabric shop that most will hear about is Clegs on Elizabeth St. Whilst still stocking a good range, it doesn’t pack the same inspiration punch that it used to. It’s worth heading over to Glenferrie Rd to check out Franke Stuart (www.frankestuart.com.au), once again with brilliant staff, and also d’Italia, (www.ditalia.com.au) for some great designer fabrics, and some interesting video tutorials on their site.

Hopefully this helps some of the Australian sewers out there! Stay tuned to Texural Play as next we will explore the sparkly world of embellishments…

Sew, a needle pulling thread….

Welcome back to Textural Play! Today we are excited to show some of the inspired options we’ve put together for those of you with some sewing nous, or a good seamstress.

Some of you may remember this beautiful skirt on the right by Trelise Cooper at the DJ’s S/S show.

A similar look could be created using this Vogue Pattern (V8560).

You could do the main section of skirt in a block colour such as the white above, or mix it up with perhaps a pale pink or mauve. (Think Dion Lee’s pastel colour palette.) Then, use a complementing stripe running horizontally for the waist band and/or the strip around the hemline. Another alternative would be to make the whole skirt out of one beautiful fabric and then applique on some gorgeous metalic ribbon in varying widths.

 

Remember Jen’s stunning finale gown in the Myer show?

A great base to get a similar look is this pattern from Vogue (V8288)

The bodice could be in the strong nude seen on Jen, or a softer pink toned nude to compliment your skin tone. If you can find some wonderfully embellished fabric such as the silver metallic, it is an amazing combination, although any stiff textured fabric in either a metallic or a complimenting nude would look great. You could even add a single strap and sew on a fabric corsage, (very Carie from SATC.) The matching flowing side strip adds another element to the dress and balances the large corsage. A similar feel could be achieved with a long waist tie in the same fabric as the bodice, particularly as this vogue pattern does not have the horizontal detailing that Jen’s does.

 

Finally, this Ellery picture got us thinking about the power of an amazing fabric…

It needs quite a simple shape to let the texture and colour speak for itself. We will are coveting this great basic pattern by McCalls (M5881)

We are envisioning a strongly textured metallic such as that used by Ellery above in either Silver, Gold or Ivory depending on your complexion. Or maybe an unusual lace, a ribbon woven fabric, or some sequined georgette? No accessories needed with a fabric this fabulous…

 

Stay tuned for the next installment as we bring you our favourite Fabric providers. If you are in Australia we would love to hear of some of your never-fail fabric stores in the comments section!