|Soft Rock--Overcoat + Tank Dress|
Wendy Mullin is back with a line called Soft Rock.
She says: "I woke up one morning and realized that my style was beyond casual... that most of my clothing felt out of style or too young and I didn't want to wear any of it. I wanted a wardrobe that was simple, comfy, sophisticated, washable, chic, and easy consisting of basics I could mix and match with existing pieces in my (diminished) wardrobe."
I think this is something many of us can relate to.
|Soft Rock Tank + Ballet Skirt|
I really love all the pieces in this collection. They make up an easy and functional Summer wardrobe.
|Soft Rock--Day Dress|
these styles feel like minimalist, grown-up versions of her nearly defunct brand, Built By Wendy : the slouchy coat, the dolman sleeved dress, the A-line skirt... all made out of cotton gauze : super comfortable and ideal for travel. I could easily dress like this all Summer. And my hunch is Wendy wouldn't mind if I drew inspiration from her new line for my sewing, because she is the champion of home sewists!
Let me tell you why Wendy Mullin is my hero. I learned to sew with her book Sew U. My first project was her A-line skirt. There are many cool beginner sewing books on the market now, but this is the original one and it is solid. It explores building a mix and match wardrobe with just a few basic patterns and lots of variations, and the styles are still current.
Then there was Sew U Home Stretch, with which I first tackled knits, and never looked back. The dress pattern in this book is killer and it has so many variations!
Built by Wendy Dresses is a bounty of girly dresses. My teenage daughter often flips through it for inspiration, and I've made her several styles from the book.
I also made a coat using her Coats book, which shows you how to use a few basic blocks to make all kinds of beautiful coats and jackets, by adding a hood, or a collar, pockets etc... For a beginner sewist, these books are wonderful because they open up a world of possibilities and demonstrate that you can really be creative with basic patterns, altering them to create infinite new styles.
|Soft Rock--Smock + Boxers|
It almost felt like she was my best sewing buddy, guiding me in my sewing endeavours and styling choices. And now that she has moved onto a more grown-up aesthetic, I can continue to follow her lead.
More inspiration: Reaping inspiration from the fashion shows, Style Dichotomy