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Made By A Fabricista: Bold Red Two Piece

Hello Gems! For this month's Fabricista feature I’ve chosen a beautiful bold red suiting fabric from Fabric Mart.  I set out to make a two piece that would carry over to Fall but the weather has been so hot lately that I decided to lean more into shorts instead.  What can I say, I can’t let go of Summer just yet! Nevertheless, I love this bold red, it works for any season and it never goes out of style. The fabric is a light to medium weight fabric. It's perfect for suiting, blazers, pants and dresses, and the quality is superb!

If you follow my creations on social media you guys know I love my cargo and utilitarian details. This trend is still going strong and I wanted to bring these features into this look. With that in mind I wanted to create something using my Early Spring Know Me pattern ME2020. I used the pattern to create a vest style wrap top. I kept some of the original features but made small modifications to them. I created the cargo pockets a little differently, leaving out the 3D gussets.  I shortened the skirt, cutting it higher in the front and lower in the back. To give it a high- low effect, I went with the sleeveless version for this look. 

My favorite part is the addition of the cape on the back of the top. I drafted this piece by manipulating the back of the bodice and adding width to the back seam. It gives it a little something unexpected in the back which I love.

I originally planned to create the belt tie to go with this top but after bringing the whole look together l wanted to have an open vest option. Besides I have so many great contrasting belts to add to this look so I used one from my previous ME2020 to wrap this top.

As for the open vest option, I added elastic at the back of the waist to cinch the waist in the back a little, which gives it more of a contour effect when I'm not wearing a belt. You guys know I love my style options!

To complete this look I created Know Me Pattern 2028 to coordinate with the top. I haven’t been successful in finding a pair of pleated trousers or shorts that fitted the way I liked in the past but after creating these, I actually love the way they turned out and the fit! I look forward to creating the pant version also. I’ve been looking to make these for a while now and I thought it paired great with this look. I switched out the button closure on the shorts for a hook closure so that there is a clean flat finish on the front of the waistband.

This fabric worked out great for the look! It's breathable, light weight and sews up so well. The fabric can provide crisp finish to pleats and collars yet offer movement to parts that need more movement such as the cape. This set makes for a great put together two piece look for the summer. I believe the top could even carry into Fall cooler temps paired with a longer sleeve skirt. I love it when I can wear my pieces throughout the year with no problems!

Until Next Time!

MARCIA  @keechiibstyle 

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  1. Always a fan of your color choices. I am a fan of the versatility of this make. Yes to "OPTIONS"!

  2. Beautiful makes! And you look beautiful in them. I’m inspired to try that pants pattern, too.

  3. What pattern?
    I love it on you,
    You look gorgeous in it!


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