Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Time to Vote: The Fashion Era Challenge!

Here we are at Week #2 and this week we are all about fashion eras.  Each designer took a fashion era as inspiration and made a fantastic outfit!  Be sure to scroll through all the looks before voting (poll is at the bottom of the post).  Votes are one per computer/IP address and the poll will be open until Thursday evening at 8pm (MDT).  Good luck to all our designers!  They each have so much inspiration for us this week!!!!


No Big Dill---Fabulous Forties
Fabulous Forties Fashion!  I bounced all over the place with this challenge.  There are so many eras that would be thrilling to play with in regards to fashion, but I settled on the 40's.  It was during the 40's when women had to work in the factories, taking over for mens' jobs during the war.  Women wore skirts almost exclusively back then, but they quickly discovered the impracticability and danger of the extra flow-y fabric in their work.  They began wearing men's pants, but the fashion industry hopped on the chance to make something more feminine, although still boxy in shape.  Thus, the women's pant suit was born. 

The fabric for the pants are a cotton/linen blend with a silver sheen I found at an upholstery shop when I went to pick up a settee we were having recovered.  I used Vogue 7301 (it's one of my favorite pant patterns because it is so flattering), just making minor alterations, changing the opening to the side, taking out the ankle vent, and lengthening them a couple of inches.  I also added a couple of fun details.
The jacket.  Whew.  I almost gave up on it.  I found the "highly" embroidered fabric at the same upholstery shop, also made out of linen.  What I didn't realize is my sewing machine would not be happy going over such bumpy fabric!  I finally resorted to sewing it using my zipper foot and pulling each bump between the foot and feed dogs.  Not ideal.  Then it looked like "an old ladies jacket".  I used the basic lines from Simplicity 4033 in the bodice, but then reworked it and reworked it.  I changed the collar into a motorcycle-style closure, chopped the sleeves off (which is always dramatic to do in front of an audience) and Pearl (my 10 year-old) had the suggestion of making a v-shape cuff.  I added exposed zippers to both the cuff and front along with some embroidery using silver thread.  I also changed the front shape to reverse mimic the cuffs.   Come on over to no big dill to see more photos and a few out-takes!



The Polka Dot Chair--70's Inspired Embroidered Tunic

Hey, It's Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair. This week I surprised even myself by choosing the 70's my inspiration Era. Normally you can count me as a pretty classic late 50's early 60's girl when it comes to clothing inspiration. The gorgeous fall that's on it's way to Kentucky changed my mind though. You should see how bright the leaves here are in the Fall, gorgeous deep reds, oranges and yellows.
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I picked up the red trim that is on this project on my trip to NYC last May and haven't been able to stop thinking about it since then. It reminded me so much of all of the gorgeous embroidery that you used to see on Caftans and Tunics from the 70's. Using the trim as my main inspiration, I decided to make a 70's inspired Linen Tunic for my project, trying to pull in a little Boho inspiration from that Era. I used the trim to frame out the neckline of the Tunic then added entredeux stitching over the seams on the front using a wing needle. To add a bit more red I hand stitched lines using 2 strands of red floche.

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The pattern is Anna Maria Horner's Painted Portrait Dress and it's made from 100% Linen. I didn't change much on the pattern other than taking in the front (there was a bit too much fullness for me built into the pattern) and adding darts to the back seams to pull it in a bit to give it a more flattering shape. For a bit more detail I added piping to the back seams and sleeve hems. The last touch was a horse button that I picked up this summer.   For more pictures head over to the Polka Dot Chair!



Julia Bobbin--'You Really Got Me'
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For this challenge I was inspired by the early 60's. I love the fashion of this era which still has echoes of the 50's but with the attitude and boldness of the new decade. It was a time of change for women in all aspects of their lives and I love how their empowerment was reflected in the way they dressed. To create this dress I used Butterick pattern 5747 which was originally released in the year 1960. The dress has a collar, pleated skirt, fitted bodice, a detachable dickey and a button closure down the centre front. I added white trim on the dress for more of a sweet nautical look.

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I dare you to wear a full skirt and not twirl around in it. I dare you!  I styled the dress with a red belt, a vintage brooch, red lipstick (of course!) and put my hair into a faux bob. I love how this style looks and how it makes me feel. And it's red. Enough said.

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For more pictures and details head on over to my blog at Julia Bobbin.


Crafterhours---Very Audrey
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This week for our Era Challenge, I'm channeling a 50's/60's Audrey Hepburn, my favorite actress and style icon! Her style was chic yet simple and classic, and I really identify with that. In fact, I think I can just go ahead and repost these pictures for my signature style look! Right away, I knew the trench coat was an absolute must. I braced myself for a major sew-a-thon and dove in to this Vogue pattern with 25 pattern pieces! It took me 3 hours just to cut out and mark the fabric, and I don't even want to know how many hours I spent sewing it. I really love the neutral + neon trend that's happening, so I lined it with a neon pink and added matching buttons.

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I couldn't do an Audrey look without a classic Breton shirt and cigarette pants. I made my own shirt pattern and modernized it by using neon pink for the stripes, which I ended up painting on since Breton stripe fabric is all but impossible to buy (it must have that signature white space above the stripes!). It was a process, but I loved how it turned out and you can't even tell it's painted. I added my own little navy neck binding detail for a little contrast. I decided to update the classic cigarette pants with skinny jeans. This was my first time making my own jeans and it was so incredibly easy. Actually, it was probably the easiest thing I made for all 4 weeks of Project Sewn! I used matching navy top stitching to give them more of a formal look instead of traditional gold stitching. I started with the trousers pattern from this book, and ended up changing everything except the waistband.

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This was my absolute favorite week, both because I love the clothes and because I got to ride that Vespa! I might have to do that for every photoshoot from now on. Head over to Crafterhours to hear more about that story and see more pictures of the outfit!



Noodlehead----The 70's

Welcome to the 70s everyone!  I was so excited about this challenge.  So I had to make a high waisted flared jean.  And a pretty popover top.  I made jeans people!  Real jeans! with a zipper and everything.  I used BurdaStyle's Denim Trousers pattern to start and a handy video on you tube for the zip fly.  I did make a quick muslin of the pants.  I was really concerned about sinking so much time into a project and was glad I took the time to make the muslin, know what I mean?  The directions from Burda were pretty sparse so I was glad I had made some similar pants before - even if they weren't jeans.  The fabric actually is a nice lightweight denim, a really nice soft linen cotton blend.  I loved picking out this Liberty bias tape I had tucked away, great little pop of color for the inner details of the pants.


I was scampering around last minute trying to find just the right plaid yarn dyed fabric, but nothing really was jumping out at me with my limited local fabric shopping resources.  So I dug through the stash and hesitantly pulled out this lovely Liberty of London print.  I knew it was time to use it!  The top is loosely based on a Wiksten Tova top, but highly modified.  I love shirts with a button placket, so I added one.  I also did a fancy cuff tailoring and a shirt tail hem.  I also spliced through the back bodice and added a little gathering to make it extra comfy and pretty.  I will wear this shirt until it crumbles off my body.  Literally.  At least 15 hours went into making the jeans and about 9 spent on making the top.  Done.


Please stop by my blog this week and check out more pictures and details about each of these pieces.

28 comments:

  1. Wow! These are all fabulous! It's so very, very hard to decide which is my favorite. You ladies all have outdone yourselves!

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  2. How in the WORLD are we supposed to choose this week?!!?!!?! Ladies, these are all amazing :) Love every single one!

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    1. We are with you on that one...we adore every single one too!

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    2. Yeah, ditto. Both those jackets bowled me over and I want my own!

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  3. I suddenly find myself wanting to make my own jeans... a very odd sensation! Lovely ladies!!

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  4. OOH very fun!! Love this challenge and every one is really great!!

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  5. Wow, fantastic job ladies!!! So much talent out there!

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  6. Everyone did an amazing job! I especially love the tunic from Melissa, such a lovely wearable piece. :)

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  7. I'm a bit surprised at the votes here. Julia nailed it. Way to go Julia! Freaking fabulous!

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  8. Oh my gosh that was hard to pick just one!!

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  9. Ooooh, I love all these looks! It's going to be difficult to choose a winner. Everything from technique, to creativity, awesome styling, and excellent photography...it's all here. Well done ladies!

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  10. How are we supposed to choose?? These are all amazing! What crazy awesome details!

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  11. loving this! hope it never ends.

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  12. Oh my gosh, what amazing entries! Wow! I'm so impressed!

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  13. fantastic and inspiring work ladies -gorgeous!

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  14. Wow! Every single look is amazing!

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  15. I'm in love with Julia's dress, however the Audrey inspired outfit is super cute. Love the pink!

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  16. Yikes!! I don't know how I am going to narrow it down to 1!!!

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  17. Too too too hard. They are all amazing. I too love Julia's dress, but that pink!

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  18. Too too too hard. They are all amazing. I too love Julia's dress, but that pink!

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  19. Beautiful work everyone!!! All I can really say is WOW to each and every one of you.

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  20. That was so tough! Just lovely work ladies.

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  21. Amazing work from all of you.

    Seeing the different eras and interpretation is fascinating. And such attention to detail from all of you.

    It really WAS tough to choose.

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  22. Amazing work everyone, everything is stunning!!!

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  23. I love seeing all the styles, everyone did such a grea job! For me though, all the details in Katy's Fabulous a Forties are exquisite.

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  24. Crafterhours, you are amazing!

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