All About Tape Detail.
At Mad Fun Creative we love getting inspiration from the latest catwalk trends, its always interesting to me what will filter through to our high street shops. Every trend that we see on the catwalk will have some influence on our high street so this season one thing that inspired me from the Spring 2016 Ready-to-wear collections was this fab tape detail idea.
There is so much inspiration to be had on the catwalks, but there are some things that stand out more than others when you see a style, or idea and know that it's so up your street.
So these designers in the mood board above inspired this weeks customise project. I loved the play on the masculine silhouette using white tape to map out the outline of a suit. Three designers stood out to me using this technique. Jacquemus, Prada and J W Anderson, all featured above, showed this look and I thought this would certainly make a fun customise project to share with you.
I started out with a basic Value T from M&S, only £8 you seriously can't go wrong! And a couple of metres of white bias tape costing around £2. You also need some simple white buttons and embroidery thread and a white bobbin of thread for the machine. you will also need tacking thread pins and good fine scissors.
Place a piece of A3 card underneath the t.shirt so that you can freely pin out your design on the front of the T without pinning through to the back.
Using the bias tape folded pin out an outline. I went for a curved collar but you could choose any outline you want. The bias tape is perfect for creating a curved line.
Have fun with your design but try to keep it simple and sophisticated. That way you create the designer look from the mood board above.
Once you have your design all pinned out its essential that you tack it into place. This is important especially when stitching to jersey fabric, if you skip this process your garment will pucker up and look unprofessional.
Once your design is all tacked into place you can machine stitch the garment. Take your time with this as the more perfect and straight you can make the stitch the more designer it will look.
I added a curved pocket detail but you could opt for a more masculine shape such as a blazer pocket. I used embroidery thread to stitch the pocket flap and added a simple button to finish.
I think the key to this project is that less is more so don't over do all the features keep it really simple.
As you can see I added a button and also added buttons to the neckline.
I also added a cuff detail to the sleeve with three simple buttons tying in with the neckline.
So there you have it my finished garment! Of course this is gonna look great with jeans, but I really wanted to find a great skirt to team with it. I knew in my mind what I wanted but couldn't find anything suitable, until that is I visited Banana republic in London. One of my Favourite American stores from my New York days, and only quite recently opening stores in both London and Bath, Banana Republic is classy and stylish. It's a sister company to Gap, I like to think of it as the big sister as the designs are really sophisticated, and the look of the brand is altogether more high end. But the prices are still within reach and reasonably affordable.
So Please forgive the self timer model pose here! I cringe with the selection process of what image to choose! Just look at the skirt rather than me and how fab it looks with my new designer look top.
here's the link to the skirt.
All in all I am really happy with this outfit I love this geometric design skirt from Banana Republic and it complements my top brilliantly. Also check out my new Hobbs silver shoes.
If you want the shoes be quick they were a sale purchase and low stock. Here's the link.
I hope this customise blog post has inspired you to have a go at creating your own fun garment. let us know how you get on and if you follow us on Instagram hashtag us using madfuncreative.
Thanks for reading and happy customising