I knew I wanted to make a knock it off of a dress coat I had seen on a La Redoute catalogue. I was so in love with it, but appart from that... I had no clue of what to do to complete my outfit.
I just went as I was sewing, searching, and creating. At the end, I was pretty happy with my outfit.
I started with the coat and just went by from there. I really liked the one from the cathalogue, but I am absolutely mad about violet, purples, etc. So for the first time I tried dying some fabric. It turned out pretty well, I loved the colour, though I had hoped for one a little bit darker. I used a white cotton sheet to make the coat, which is fully lined, and for this I used a white flannel sheet too.It took me the entire week almost to get the coat done, I didn't work hard on it the last couple of days, then I needed to get new buttons for it and couldn't until yesterday in the afternoon. It was actually the last thing I finished, I was even afraid it wouldn't be ready for the link party, but I did finish it today! Hurray for me!
Max California - so, it's not really my signature on that, but I do love it.
I am so in love with every detail from this dress coat! I mean I just love it! I am so very proud that I made it, and even though it still doesn't fit properly on G. (remember I am making everything one size bigger, 'cause she already has too much clothes at the moment?!) I think she couldn't look sweeter when she wears it.
So, as I was saying the coat was getting a little behind and that was all I had ready for the week's challenge. Yesterday, I thought it'd better start thinking about something else to complete my outfit. I searched through my pile of clothes to refashion and a floral dress caught my eye. The colours would match perfectly with the coat. At first I thought about making a dress, but then again, baby G. has her share of dresses for summer already.
I wanted to keep the dress (original) for myself, so I cut it to make it shorter, and used the left overs. I went through the pile again and found a dark blue t-shirt, which I first thought were good to make her a pair of leggings. That would be the perfect solution for me, but it was a 3-4 year old sized t-shirt, so it didn't have enough lenght for the leggings.
I really wanted to use this though, so I started wondering what to do with it. I decided to use it as a top/tunic, together with the leftovers from the dress. I shortened the body and sleeves of the t-shirt to size two.
I had enough left from the blue t-shirt to make her a pair of shorts too. Again, I got her a summer outfit when it is still freezing outside, but that's ok, soon it'll get warmer around here. And, the plus of it all is I get to enjoy my creations a little longer before they stop fitting her.
While working on this last week challenge I discovered what makes my style, my signature look. Here's the things I usually have in mind:
- I always make a draft of what I want - but never stick to it
- I tend to re-use already existing clothes, so refashion is absolutely part of my signature
- I like to make my own version of pieces I like from magazines/cathalogs/blogs
- I go with the flow after I start cutting and imagine all through the process
- I like to create simple and very comfy and wearable clothes with a small outstanding detail (example: the little sleeve ruffles in the tunic)
And that's it. Sorry so long! Now go check on everyone else's creations!