Yesterday I picked up my stock of Beach Tops from the manufacturer.
It's hard to believe that the initial inspiration for the Beach Top was this Michael Kors outfit.
I was sitting at the hairdresser at the beginning of the year flicking through a Vogue magazine and came across this. It was the contrast bands of colour at the neck, hem and sleeves that caught my eye and I wanted to replicate. Because I used cotton voile for the body of the top, I couldn't finish the neckline in a similar way without the seam of the contrast colour showing through the fabric. If I'd done it in a more complicated way the manufacturing would cost too much and would risk being too complicated to guarantee a quality finish.
So I shelved the idea of a neck finished this way (until maybe next winter when I use a heavier weight fabric) and adapted a pattern from a few summers back.
I find it curious how a design idea evolves into the finished product. There's no connection between the initial inspiration and the end design, but that's what sparked the idea.