Ahhh, but I digress. The main reason I bring your attention to this fascinating series is for the women's fashions and to show you how they inspired me.
You may think it would be difficult to create something Roman inspired without looking like you're heading off to the nearest frat house for a toga party, but take a look at these beautiful pieces:
I love the drapey, flowy look of all of the women's clothing. And so much more colour than we would expect!
So, how to translate this to present day....well, I started with a vintage pattern from McCall's (circa 1979):
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some technical difficulties with my scanner)
When I wear it I put a matching layer underneath for two reasons.... one, as I said it's very shear, and two, the sides are completely wide open!
|oooh la la!|
I also added a drawstring to bring some definition to the waistline.
You don't have to be a designer to make something your own. You can take any pattern and just tweak small parts of it to create something totally unique and your own style.
Just in case you haven't seen the Rome series and are interested in seeing it I feel I should warn you, it is a bit risqué and fairly violent. Just picture the soprano's in ancient Rome. However, if you like drama, amazing acting, beautiful scenery and sets, and some very pretty people, I think you'll enjoy it. And if that doesn't convince you, maybe this will...
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