Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Time to Vote! Fashion Icon Challenge

A Fashionable Stitch: brite
Hey all! You know the drill - this is my first entry to this little party and well, let's jump right in, eh? I picked Katherine Hepburn for my fashion icon. She's a pretty hard act to follow, so instead of trying to knock off a look that was exactly hers, I veered off in my own direction. Since my pixie haircut last year, I've found that I like to sport masculine type looks and cuts, with lots of splashes of femininity. And this, as you're probably aware, was a very Katherine-esque thing to do. My jacket is a rub-off from my all time favorite jacket - fits me just the way I like and is made from a pretty rockin piece of green texturized wool plaid. Lined in the body with bemberg rayon lining and in the sleeve with silk jacquard, I'd be lying if I didn't say it was pretty slick to wear. Complete with bound buttonholes, an adjustable back cincher and patch pockets.
My trousers are my fave BurdaStyle 7447 (now sadly, out of print). Made from a plain weave navy wool and fully lined in bemberg lining and seriously, I can't help it but these are a perfect fit. I would even say that these lovelies defy logic. It's crazy to have a TNT pant pattern like this. Fly front, welt pockets (and one of em's got a flap), side slant pockets and belt loops. Just the way I like em. My top is Newlook 6483. Just a simple shell, but probably the hardest sewing part of my ensemble - I loathe bias binding and that's what I did for the neckline and armholes. Made from silk crepe with silk charmeuse underlining and bias binding.
This friends, is one of my favored looks to sport on a day to day basis and is one of the most comfortable outfits I am now proud to say that I made and own. Interested in reading more? Hop on over to my blog for the latest!



House of Pinheiro: Moderne Mademoiselle Coco meets Rachel
Chanel began designing clothes at a time when women's bodies were constrained by whalebone stays, complicated trimmings and accessories. As a real fashion innovator of her time, she made trousers acceptable and revolutionised womenswear with her choices of fabric. Her slim, androgynous look, stripped from all superfluousness defined the contemporary woman of 1925 and still defines the women of today. My Chanel style self drafted jacket features princess lines curved along the bust line finishing at the arm hole. When designing the jacket I kept in mind the essence of my inspiration. Simplicity, comfort and style. Something that could be used formally when closed or, loose, draped over. Studying her design carefully though archives, some design details were incorporated. The sleeves were fixed high on the shoulder, at the outer tip of the collarbone and seams were fixed into place by overcasting and top stitching. Sewn in a medium weave tweed & cotton lining.
Coco often matched the blouse and the lining to create an harmonic effect. Starting with Papercut Meissa blouse, the plackets been removed and the collar redrafted with a small pleat added. The seams were binded with gingham bias and fold over for a neat finish. My viscose shorts have masculine influence with double pleats, wide leg, wrap waistband, side pockets and a flyer zipper. Used my trouser slopper to correct the crotch length, and Burda Style “Pleated Shorts 07/2012 #127” as a base, removing the waistband in favour of self drafted wraparound belt and a waistband all in one. The side seams pockets highlighted with a rectangular shape topstitching. To avoid overwhelming you with details, check out the series of post about this project over my blog including the outfit constructions techniques.



Alida Makes: Seamstress on a Hot Tin Roof
When I found out this week's challenge was to choose a fashion icon I was kind of stumped. I actually waffled between 3 different icons, and finally chose American actress Elizabeth Taylor. I love the quiet confidence of her youth and the extravagance of her style as she matured, so I tried to speak to both in my outfit.  
Speaking of my outfit, let's discuss! I chose to sew a sequined cardigan because the name Elizabeth Taylor is synonymous with sparkle (be it jewelry or embellished clothes!) I used Mouse House Creations Julia Cardigan pattern. I made it short sleeved since Spring is coming up and I want to be able to wear it when the weather warms up. The wrap shirt was self drafted. The shape was exactly the 50's silhouette I was going for, complete with the acute v neck that was all the rage back then. The cigarette pants are made from Burda Patterns High Waist Trousers #119. After years of thinking I could not wear cropped pants, these made me a believer. It just goes to show you how important the right fit is.  Head over to my blog for more photos PLUS a completely separate photo shoot!
 
 
 
oonaballoona--The eye of Iris
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She's at it again, she's up on the roof, CALL THE PO-LICE.  The fashion police, badum ching! COME 'N GET ME.  As my chosen icon, Iris Apfel, would say, “If you put something together and it doesn’t look so good, the fashion police are not going to come and take you away. And if they do, you might have some fun in jail.”
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I strive to have fun wherever I go, it oughta be a law.  That said, I was not having fun with this first challenge, until several days ago when I did a 180 and changed my icon from hot male rocker (Lenny Kravitz) to fabulous nonagenarian.  One sleepless night, frustrated with Lenny's descent into black and gray (wha' happen, 1980s Lenny?), I went on a wild image search, during which I *think* I saw a shot of Lenny and Iris hanging together...but it was 4AM and I could have been hallucinating. Figment of my imagination or no, I abandoned my plans and got to cutting. Truth: Iris is the definition of Joyful Fashion.
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There's way too much to say about this amazing woman here-- an NY gal, she's been everywhere and done everything, and I don't think she's dressed down a day in her life. There's also way too much to say about this outfit here...short story: already had the (real) spectacles.  The faux fur legwarmers with woven trim and separating zips took as long as the princess seamed, vented velvety Wool sheath, which is lined in shocking marigold satin (WHAT ELSE). The coat is By Hand London's Victoria Blazer, lengthened-- between pattern placement and handsewing 8 yards of bias tape, it drove me BANANAS. Luckily it wasn't a long ride to Crazytown, and I know the way well...there's a great bar near Delusional Junction. There's much more ranting & pics over at my blog, oonaballoona, do stop by and have a peek! 
 
 
 
Lladybird: Hello Dolly!

I admit, this first challenge gave me a bit of a pause at the beginning. Fashion Icon? Do I even have one of those? I hemmed and hawed, bit my nails, debated... and then it hit me. Dolly Parton! I mean, who *doesn't* love Dolly, amirite? For this challenge, I decided to go with a younger Dolly, circa 1960s-1970s (although my real love for Dolly knows no decades), mostly because I wanted an excuse to make a western-inspired, Dolly-approved outfit. What? At least I'm being honest :)
For my shirt, I used the Archer pattern and this lovely seersucker with a tiny gingham check. I modified the pattern to include piping at the front and back yoke, as well as above the sleeve cuff. The "embroidery" is actually a cutout from a vintage piece of barkcloth I've been hoarding, which I fused down to the yokes and hand-embroidered around all the edges (which took forever, and now I have a hole in my middle finger as a result, ha!) .All seams are flat-felled, and the shirt is finished with black pearl snaps. For my pants, I used McCall's 6440, sewn up in a medium weight stretch denim, faced with the gingham seersucker, and finished with an invisible zipper.
For more (LOTS more, oh lord) photos of this look - plus a few shots of it, well, less "Dolly-fied :) - head on over to my blog!



Grosgrain--The Steam Train Frock
Kathleen here for Grosgrain! I choose Ulyana Sergeenko as my favorite fashion icon. She is a Russian stylist, photographer, blogger, occasional fashion model and designer. She's married to Russian insurance billionaire Danil Khachaturov, has two children and recently started her own fashion brand. Quite impressive bio there, right? She's gorgeous and tends to dress in very long, period nostalgic pieces that are still somehow modern. Her look is very dramatic and always beautiful.
In the next week you can get the pattern for the skirt portion of this outfit on my blog so check back for that if you're interested. It's a three tiered wool/fur circle skirt. Of course, I couldn't use real fur, so my skirt is just faux but I think the warm feel is still very present. I made the waist very fitted and dropped. I've seen this look in a lot of wedding dresses lately and it's very figure flattering when paired with a mid section belt. The fitted portion of the skirt is made from a heavy wool. I also bought boning thinking that the weight of the skirt would pull the wool down but in the end it held its own without any boning assistance!
The pattern I made is actually very simple! It's just SOO huge and overwhelming that it was quite a challenge to piece it all together. Plus, even though the fabric was faux I had to buy about 5 yards so even with a coupon it was kind of pricey. BUT, I think it was worth it because the end look was very dramatic and showy!  And how much did I luck out with the weather, eh?! Perfect compliment to fur!


47 comments:

  1. Totally squealed out loud after seeing this. SO EXCITING!!! Lovely, all of them. Well done!!

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  2. Oh my - what a huge dose of eye candy!! I am floored by the thought, effort and all-out awesomeness of each outfit! Superb job!!

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  3. Holy. Freakin'. Cow. Girls! You've really outdone yourselves! Each one of these outfits is absolutely stunning! My jaw just kept dropping and dropping and dropping! Amazing work!

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  4. I am overwhelmed by the talent and creativity today! So worth the wait!

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  5. All of you ladies are amazing and inspiring!

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  6. How am I supposed to choose just one?!

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  7. Each of you have made it very difficult to choose. All are wonderfully designed and made. I am looking forward to seeing more.

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  8. I'm just amazed by all the effort and beauty in these entries! You've all done such an amazing job. STUNNED and so happy just to sit and stare at all your gorgeous pictures.

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  9. Holy crikey - these are really inspiring homemade outfits. I'm loving them all, but the wild and care free ethos behind Oona's outfit coupled with the hypnotic circle of mysticism on the back of her jacket really took the biscuit xx

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  10. Fantastic job, all!!! It is REALLY hard to choose!! :)

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  11. WOW!!!! Yall all look stunning and really made this so hard to choose!!! Kudos to all of you!!! :)

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  12. Oh I just love this!!! Sassy Sewing Bees https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees ❀

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  13. What a tough decision ! Everyone has done an amazing job without slavishly copying their icon's outfits. Nice work!

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  14. I was so excited for today's post! Did not disappoint! Great job ladies.

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  15. Talk about fashion icons! These women are ah-mazing!

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  16. Wow! Amazing job to all of you!

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  17. It is so hard to vote for only one ; so many gorgeous outfits!

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  18. Well done to you all loved all your outfits such a high standard reflecting the look of your chosen icons without being a direct copy. I'm looking forward to seeing what you produce next.

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  19. I love the variety in styles, so pretty!

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  20. WOW all are just soooo amazing, it makes voting so hard. Sure we could just vote for our favourite bloggers but seriously all looks are fabulous. Fierce!

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  21. Really, really creative and inspiring. SEW FUN!!

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  22. These are all amazing! I hate that we only get one vote!

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  23. This will end up being both my most and least favorite season because its a line up of some of my very favorite sewing bloggers and I will be sad each week when one has to go! Great first week, designers!

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  24. I just had to say that there is so much variation and skill in these that I'm finding it really difficult to place a vote. I really like that while I know most of the bloggers and expected amazing work from them, there are a couple I didn't know and they came out guns blazing! Really ladies, each of you have your strong points and choosing one to vote for is going to be quite difficult. Much love,

    Mae

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  25. Oh wow - these looks are epic! I knew this season would be amazing but every one of these looks is gorgeous! How am I going to vote on this?? :)

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  26. What what whaaaa???? This is ridiculous! I am freaking out at how amazing every single entry is. FREAKING OUT!! It's almost too hard to vote. Almost. Well DONE ladies, you are all freaks of nature!!

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  27. WOW just legitimately difficult to choose just one.

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  28. Amazing! You are all so fabulously talented it is painful to vote for one! I want you all to stay so I can see your creations each week. Surely there must be a way?

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  29. I am just so IMPRESSED by everyone's entries!!!

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  30. What inspiring women! I love the independent take on each piece and the REAL women who make and wear their own work.

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  31. WOW - everyone is amazing! Brilliant work & so hard to pick just one

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  32. Well done everyone - you've all made such wonderful outfits; it's too, too much creative inspiration!!! It is soooo hard to vote for just one of you.. I wish you could all stay in the comp!

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  33. So inspirational! All are amazing creations. And OonaBalloona's charisma is just off the charts! Doesn't her exuberance just jump right off the screen at you?? :D

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  34. AMAZING!!!! They are all fantastic.

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  35. Wow! So many pretty clothes! It was very hard to chose only 1.

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  36. Awesome job ladies...this is gonna be a tough season for voting! Good luck y'all xx

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  37. Amazing job everyone! I love all the outfits, it's such a shame that we can only vote for one, I truly want you all to win!!

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  38. I agree! How can we pick just one favorite?

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  39. Look at all the amazing threads!! Such a fun play on iconic pop. They are all so fantastic that this vote is super hard.
    Best of luck to everyone. You each did an AMAZING job!

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  40. You have all outdone yourselves! What an exciting "season" of Project Sewn we're all going to enjoy!

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  41. Please please keep everyone in! I love you ALL!

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  42. Well done to everyone. Really...amazing!

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