Sure, I’m hosting #SewcialistsLoveMMMay this April and May, and participating in MMMay myself… but come on, there’s always room for an oddball inspiration!
I’ve had Pynk stuck in my head for days, and it’s led my down a rabbithole of her other songs. I’m entranced by her visuals and sense of style, and it dovetails perfectly with my own goal of being more bold in my wardrobe!
(Skip to 0:50 when the song starts.)
And as outlandish as some of the fashion is, there is tons of wearable inspiration too!
- black and white with a pop of red or pink
- tailored suits and trousers
- volume in skirts and sleeves
- sequins and mixed textures
- floral jeans (though I’d make mine opaque! 😉
Then there is more historical inspiration – both from Hidden Figures and her videos!
So… anyone else feeling inspired? I floated the idea on Instagram, and a handful of us were really excited, so I’m going to declare #SewJanelleMonae a *real thing*. If you sew something Janelle-inspired, then tag it by July 1st, and I’ll include it in a round-up! Honestly, even if it’s only me, I’m going to have fun with this.
My initial plans:
- I’ve been wanting a striped pencil skirt, so I’m going to make one in the same fabric as this cropped jacket so it’s a matching set! (Even though I’ll probably wear it alone more often.)
- black Sasha Trousers (I just bought the pattern! I’m making them as pull-on without the fancy pockets, so I’m hoping they will be a super simple wardrobe basic!)
- hot pink or red tank/cami for wearing with my skirt and trousers, preferably with some kind of fun detail – fringe, sequins, applique, who knows?
- maybe some kind of bomber or moto jacket?
If you are interested in sewing your own Janelle Monae look, let me know below… and if you think I’m crazy, let me know that too!