Birmingham Fashion Week 2015 - What I Wore Night 1

9:30 AM

So last night was the kickoff of Birmingham Fashion Week.  It's the 5th year that our city has had one and my second time attending.  I went in 2013, and I don't remember why I missed out last year.  But this year, it's a lot better -- especially for us bloggers.
Just like with any other fashion week, bloggers get to apply for media passes and I was selected.  I have absolutely no idea the criteria that is used, other than social media and blog metrics.  But I'm so glad that I have the opportunity to attend and bring you all coverage of our Southern Style!
Previously when I attended, all of the bloggers and press/media/photographers were squeezed in tightly in the photo pit.  Well not this year.  We were seated at the end of the runway.  My feet thanks the organizers.  
And also, it was about 85 degrees yesterday, cooling as the sun set.  But it was warm under that tent with the packed house and hot lights.  So I was able to sit, sip on cold margarita and snap pictures comfortably.  And I'm so glad I chose this outfit that kept me cool.
My top is New Look 6343.
I wanted a simple top.  I love a cut-in shoulder, it's my favorite style of sleeveless to wear.  And if I see this style in a pattern, I guarantee you that I'll buy it.  And plus, I love the cropped curved hem style.
I cut the size 12 and made it straight from the envelope.  I used this textured Bubble Ivory Poly Spandex that I saw in my Hancock.  Even though the pattern suggested a knit, I really liked this stretch woven and I felt it had enough give to work.
I tend to default to black and white so often that I've been on a mission to add more color to my spring/summer wardrobe.  Am I done with black and white?  Heck no...  But for this pair of pants, I went with what is sure to become a TNT pattern for me, Vogue 9032.  This is a pattern that HIGHLY recommend.  You get 3 views:  fitted, loose fitting and loose fitting culottes.  It's worth having.
My fabric is this perfect Malibu Blue Stretch Cotton Twill.  Anytime a pants pattern is fitted like these, I suggest using a stretch woven.  Or a good high-quality ponte or double knit would work also.  The size 14 was already cut and altered with 5 inches of length added from my previous version.  And I didn't have to do anything different this time.  I like for my hems to be crisp, so I always interface them. 
And to top off a great show, I was the winner of a fabulous pair of Salvatore Ferragamo sunglasses!  Pictures from the show to come...

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27 comments

  1. Love this color pants and I love color period! This will be on my list this week to order from mood :-)

    www.curvygirlsarechic.com

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    1. Thanks Donna! I love that color!

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  2. That's it. Work it!

    This is what we work out for! This is why we make our garms.

    Nice outfit, have a great weekend!
    J.
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  3. Erica,you better werk, yessssss! You look absolutely amazing!

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  4. Erica you are the truth....thanks for sharing:)

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  5. Great outfit! I love seeing how sewers customize patterns to make it their own! I love those sunglasses! Wow!

    www.StyleSewMe.com

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    1. Thanks Eryn! I'm loving them too!

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  6. Great look! I love those blue pants! The color is gorgeous.

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  7. Fabulous outfit and I love the blue pants

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  8. Love the outfit and that color is perfect for spring and summer!

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    1. Thanks Norie! It makes me feel like summertime!

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  9. I never knew there was a fashion week there..too bad I missed it, going to visit on August:( Nice set1

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    1. It is and it's very well produced. Thanks Mirabili!

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  10. Adore your outfit and beautiful color on you. What a fun and wonderful opportunity to be selected for press at Birmingham Fashion week, plus the
    margarita looked refreshing.

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    1. Such an honor! And it was. It was VERY warm in there! Thanks Remembering..OZ!

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  11. Erica...how do you interface the hem of your pants..your pants look so awesome:)

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  12. also can you share your process for fitting pants:)

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    1. I use stretch wovens for pants like these. So I need 0 ease. I cut based off of hip size and take in at the waist to prevent gaping. And I always lengthen the inseam, of course. Nothing magical. I'm really not hard to fit. I cut a strip of interfacing the width of the hem plus 1/4" and the length of the leg opening. Thanks Lora!

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