Inspired by Pinterest! #FashionFriday

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Happy Friday!  I find inspiration everywhere.  But I mostly find it from reading fashion and style blogs, my favorite retail site: Net-a-Porter.com and of course, Pinterest.  My brain is constantly on spring fashion lately.  It's all I can think about.  Here are a few things that I've pinned this week and the sewing pattern doppelgänger.
My pattern pick for the Alexander McQueen fiery red flirty mini dress is this pattern.  Since I recently made the jumpsuit from this selection, I know how the bodice fits and to me, that's the most important part of a fit and flare style.  The bodice of the pattern is different from the McQueen, but I love princess seams because you can easily adjust the fit.
McCall's 5530 (OOP) 
When I saw the Alice + Olivia jacket, I stopped what I was doing and immediately went to my pattern cabinet and pulled this one out.  I've had this pattern since it was initially released and I never got around to making it.  I'm so glad I was reminded of this adorable jacket.  I'd love to make mine in white just like the original.  Alice + Olivia styled theirs with high-waist wide-leg pants.  I'd probably do something similar.  Or maybe something as along the lines of what Stacey Bendet would do, like a maxi skirt!

Butterick 6169 and 6183
I wasn't immediately blown away by the styling of the new Butterick Lisette patterns.  But I looked away from the envelope and looked at the potential of each piece on its own.  Now, how cute would that moto jacket be when paired with the culottes?  I say pretty darn fabulous!
The white jumpsuit is from BrooklynBlonde.com and the black one is Michael Michael Kors.

Let's all face the facts:  jumpsuits are NOT going anywhere anytime soon.  They are the ultimate one-piece dressing.  And a long-sleeve peg-leg jumpsuit is a must have for me.  I picked this one.  Whether I make this one, or change out the bodice for a button style, I'm making one of these.
J.Crew has made the big shirt hot to me again.  It's like throwing on one of your boyfriend/husband's shirts with a pair of distressed jeans.  I make an awesome white shirt just about every year.  So this one is at the top of my list for this spring.  And this Butterick version is perfect.  I've already made one of the views before, so I know it's a great pattern.

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  1. You were one of the first blogs I found that pointed out patterns that match RTW clothes. I love features like this!

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  2. Ditto what Cidell said. FWiW, Meg at McCalls Patterns is very good at matching current RTW clothes with appropriate patterns. I'm always looking at Net-a-Porter for inspiration too. I missed that Alice and Olivia jacket. It's darling. I'm sorry to say I don't think that OOP McCalls Pattern is in my stash.

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    1. Every now and then, being a pattern stash-a-holic comes in handy!

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  3. Oh gosh the A+O jacket in black with the black wide legged pants is everything! Swoon!

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  4. Great post. Love the match ups!

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  5. I was lucky enough to get a black jumpsuit at TJ Maxx last spring for $19.99-can't sew one for that price!

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    1. I see them all of the time. But alas, they're never long enough and almost always too short in the crotch. Luck lady you are!

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  6. Great Potential spotting in commercial patterns Erica! I like your style and look forward to seeing your creations.

    It's strange, as culottes are just not seen in London, it's just not a thing in England, can't explain why.

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    1. Meet Soraya! She lives in Notting Hill! http://styleismything.blogspot.com/2014/12/rosa.html

      Thanks!

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  7. I LOVE these!! great post. I have that McCall's Pattern and forgot ALL about it. I want one lol

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    1. I'd forgotten about it until a few days ago.

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  8. I have McCall's 5530 deep in my stash too. So glad I kept it. Nice parings.

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    1. Hurray for pattern stashing!

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  9. Love the pattern matches. I really like those first two dresses. I'm always drawn to that style although I haven't made one in years. It's time!

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    1. You should give it a go!

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  10. Great rtw and pattern ideas. Can't wait to see the finished outfits.

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  11. Amazing bow blouse!
    ♥♥♥
    Jeanne
    http://www.fashionmusingsdiary.com

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    1. It's a jacket, and it's pretty awesome!

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  12. Great pairing, all of them

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