Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Inspiration Shot: Rome

Do you remember the HBO series "Rome"?  I'm a big history buff.  I totally love immersing myself in ancient times and this incredible production that aired in 2007 and 2009 allowed viewers to completely lose themselves in 1st century BC Rome.  This was the time of Julius Caesar (one of my big history crushes), Cleopatra, and Marc Antony.

This is the series that introduced James Purefoy (Marc Antony) to many North American women.

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):

(Please bear with me, I'm having
some technical difficulties with my scanner)
I used a pretty printed very shear fabric.

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!
The pattern uses a drawstring at the neckline but I just stitched it and added some matching buttons for some pretty detail.

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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Grammy Goodwill said...

Beautiful top.

Jan said...

A very pretty and feminine top. I like the way you finished the neckline and added the buttons.

madison avenue said...

this shirt is sooo cute! it flows really nice and i LOVE the pattern on it! thanks for sharing :)

the cape on the corner said...

looks great, and love the fabric you chose!

Fonda @Southern Scraps said...

Very pretty!

WobiSobi said...

OHHHH Tamara!!! so awesome, you know how i love stuff like this.. Beautiful

AllieMakes! said...

Oh he is SO very inspiring! One of my favs! The top is fabulous!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie!


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