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Concert Outfit: Part 1; Patterns for Pirates, Men's Muscle Tank

A Journey of Flamboyance

As a huge fan of Sam Smith, I couldn't be more excited to attend his concert at the end of the month. But what's got me just as thrilled is the chance to plan my outfit for the night! Sam is known for his eccentric, flamboyant stage presence, so I want to pay homage to that while still feeling comfortable in my own skin. In this blog post, I'll take you on a journey through my process of creating a concert outfit that embodies both flamboyance and femininity.

Now, we all know that Sam Smith is known for their extravagant stage looks. And let me tell you, the concert goers are no exception. So, I've decided to go all out and create a look that is a little flamboyant and feminine, while still being wearable in my everyday life.

Now, I must admit, I've had a million different ideas for my outfit. But here's the deal - I don't want to make something that I'll only wear once. That's just not my style. After much deliberation, I think I've finally settled on a least for now.

My initial idea was to rock a metallic, pleated pajama set using this foiled, pleated bodre fabric. Swoon! But here's the thing - how often would I actually wear a metallic, pleated pajama set? Probably not very often. However, even as I'm writing this I'm thinking how much I would love to make that up. Anyways, I tend to get pretty hot, so I also need to consider staying cool during the concert. So, I've decided to nix the over shirt and stick with just the pants and a tank.

Instead of the metallic pants, I remembered that I bought a fabulous neutral zebra print linen suit from Target in the spring and I still haven't worn it. Talk about a fashion crime! The pants need some alterations, but I'm definitely rocking them at the concert. I'll talk more about the alterations in a later post.

For the top, I am absolutely obsessed with the trendy tanks that have those cool cutouts on the shoulders! I've seen them on one shoulder or both, and I got some major inspiration from a design in the February issue of Burda Style Magazine. Instead of tracing out their pattern and altering it to fit me, I decided to use the Patterns for Pirates Men's Muscle Tank as my starting point. I've used this pattern before and know that it fits overall, so I thought it would be a smart choice.

finished Men's Muscle Tank

To begin, I decided to make a version without adding the cutouts, just to double-check the fit and make sure the base was exactly what I wanted. However, I did follow Burda Style's suggestion for finishing the edges with a bound edge. I am in love with how it looks, especially with the Ottoman Rib Knit fabric I chose. This fabric has a luxurious feel to it and looks way more expensive than it actually is. I'm seriously obsessed with this top and can imagine wearing it all the time.

Now that I have the base made, I can use this version to figure out where to add the cutouts and make any necessary fitting adjustments- which I expect to do.

There's just one more thing I want to add to complete the outfit... I'm considering making the Elbe Textiles Davis Crossbody Vest. The modern, asymmetrical design is just so cool and it will be the perfect finishing touch to elevate the whole look with some extra style and attitude. But here's my dilemma...since the bag will cover one shoulder, should I only have the cutouts on the opposite shoulder or should I still have them on both? I can't decide. Also, I haven't chosen a fabric for the bag yet. Any suggestions?

Overall, I'm thrilled with my concert outfit idea! It's a perfect blend of flamboyance and femininity, and I feel confident and comfortable in it. I think it'll be a great homage to Sam Smith's own stage presence, while still feeling like a true expression of my personal style. Stay tuned for the next post where I'll fill you in on the alterations I make to the tank and my amazing zebra print pants. Trust me, this concert outfit is going to be one for the books.

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