When it comes to fashion week, no matter how long we spend swooning over the latest styles, we all know for a fact that instead of spending $4,000 on a pair of high heeled stilletos, you’ll be paying tuition or making that car payment. So… Grishley has a solution. Why not check out some of these designer patterns, that will not only help you get the look for less, but also allow you to pick and choose your own fabrics!
Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity Patterns
Cynthia Rowley has been a long time pattern designer for Simplicity, and this dress from her Spring 2009 line will not only leave mouths wide open, but people will be wondering where on earth you scraped together the cash to pull this stunner off. This pattern includes the dress as illustrated as well as a couple other great seperates. The skirt can also be made on its own which makes this pattern an absolute steal. Better yet, keep an eye on your local Jo-Ann fabric store or their website, as Simplicity patterns often go on sale for only $1!
If Seperates are more your style why not give this skirt a try. This piece is actually one that I constructed and wore to the MAGIC convention so you know it is a good one. This skirt is not only a great fit, it is also super easy to make, a tip to offer when making this look, instead of opting to make your own bias tape binding, pick up a pack of quilters bias tape at you local fabric store, not only will you save money on another yard of fabric, but you will also be able to choose from dozens of colors that can add great contrast to the already flattering skirt.
Anna Sui for Vogue Patterns
If Cynthia Rowley isn’t really floating your boat then why not try one of these awesome looks from designer Anna Sui. This Runway ready look will not only keep heads turning but will also keep your budget in check. This is Vogue Pattern#1105 and is available at Voguepatterns or at your local neighboorhood Jo-Ann’s. Something to note about Vogue patterns is that they rarely go on sale for less the $3.99, so if you come accross a great sale, try and cash in on the motherload… and then you can brag to the rest of us.
Vogue also carries patterns by other designers including; Alice & Olivia, Badgley Mischka, Anne Klein New York, DKNY, Michael Kors and Tracy Reese.
Here is just a taste of what you can create, dictated by the designer, but constructed on a dime!
All three of these looks are available from Vogue.
V1030-Badgley Mishka, V1090 Michael Kors