Project Run & Play: Signature StylePosted: February 3, 2014
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This is it – the last week of Project Run & Play! I have enjoyed it immensely, although I haven’t done this much sewing since my tailor shop days! I love that I have cranked out some useful and versatile garments. This final week was all about our personal, signature style. As I was thinking through what I like and wear, and what I dress my kids in, I came up with this: classic, practical, with a little trendy mixed in.
I like to take classic pieces/patterns and make them my own. I rarely use a pattern as-is. Also, I like to upcycle other things to make new things :) This is how most of this look started out:
I started with the coat. I used up every available inch from that polka dot skirt! In fact, I had to patch one pocket together because I just couldn’t squeak out a whole 5″ x 5″ square! I used the Downton Duffle pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop, but modified it to include a rounded yoke with gathering in the front and a pleat in the back.
I made some piping and added that to the yoke and pocket flaps.
The lining is made from another skirt that I love! I knew it would be perfect since plaid is classic. I quilted the lining to a mid-weight felt interlining.
The hood is lined with a super cozy fleece. The sleeves were finished with a traditional lined-sleeve hem.
Next I made a dress. I decided to go with a classic drop-waist style. I used the Mara blouse but lengthened it about 8 inches. Also, I combined the round yoke to make a one piece bodice. I used the continuous placket tutorial by Melly Sews to add the button placket. I didn’t like any of the buttons that I had, so I went with Kam Snaps instead. I LOVE the colour it adds!!! Then I made a casing and threaded a ribbon through to cinch it in at the waist.
I drafted a peter pan collar too :) I’m noticing that chambray is hard to photograph….it shows up as so many shades of blue!
….and then the bag. Last night I decided she needed something else to tie it all together. Also, she’s been such a trooper putting up with so many photos for me! I thought I’d whip up a little messenger-style bag. Well, “whip up” turned into three hours….anyway, it turned out cute, and she loves it :) It’s leather lined in a woven.
I did a reverse applique for the initial on the front, and added a fun little vintage zipper too!
I think this outfit brings together everything I like: classic silhouettes, timeless fabric and versatile colours! Here are a BUNCH of outfit pictures.
She was digging for her rockets….gotta love a good bribe :) I hope you’ve enjoyed this past month as much as I have! Check out all the sewalong entries here!
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