The theme was "If the shoe fits" and designers were asked to select a pair of shoes and create a look to wear with (and was inspired by) them!
Here's what they've made. Read through their designs and then vote for you favorite!
Oonaballona: Menage a Shoe
The peeps who wrapped these glorious sky high wedges were all about print matching, and I'm all about print mixing, so I decided to do a little of both.
Yes, there are three prints going on up in here, and the materials I used required three tons of print patience: bias enclosed chevrons to the left of me, horsehaired pleats to the right...bits of dissected and reattached guipere lace, handsewn to make a perfectly matched bolero... all with strep throat as my unwanted companion. FUN. In my fevered mind, this Mexican cotton, French lace and Ikat kicks were the perfect threesome.
oonaballoona, along with some guts for ya, come by and have a drink! Swear I'm not contagious!
A Fashionable Stitch: dapper
This has got to be one of my favorite outfits I've ever worn. I've always, always wanted to mix prints effortlessly and in this outfit, I think I achieved a pretty fabulous balance of print, pattern, texture and color. It definitely has a bit of genius in it. The shoes provided the backdrop to this week's challenge and I'm pretty sure, you could wear just about anything with animal print. They make a really exciting statement (I love me some animal print!) and these in particular are surprisingly comfortable to boot!
You should definitely hop on over to A Fashionable Stitch for more, plus pics of me and my sweetie, whose jacket I also re-lined and tailored. What can I say, it was Valentine's Day!
House of Pinheiro: Conexao Copacabana
Did you know we are fast approaching Carnival? I'm dreaming of Rio right now. Oh! the warmth of weather, happy music, and street parties. Teleport me now please! Using my Copacabana shoe geometric print as my inspiration, I drafted my whole outfit. Brazilian's shirts are tight, short and worn open to show our bikinis underneath. The yoke patch pockets have a central pleat, close with a flap and a black & white pokadot button. The shirt has a Johnny collar, a hidden contrasting flap for the buttons and 3/4 sleeves. The flat is decorated with leather piping. Because the shoe has a "black nose" I thought would be fun to add a black band over the sleeves and secure it with a tab, to give the same aesthetics as the curved hemline.
Both my fabrics came from my home town: Brasilia. The shirt is sewn in linen and the trousers in cotton sateen. My favourite fabrics to wear during the summer. My high waist trousers feature a fly zipper front, high waist and a slim overlapping waistband. Instead of a button, a hook and eye was used to secure the overlapping. I opted for a straight leg instead of a slim cigarette because of the proportion of the shirt. Are you ready to join me in Copacabana? Here is your caipirinha and let's catch up on details about this outfit over the blog.
Alida Makes: I've Got the Blues
I love shoes! For this challenge we were supposed to choose a pair of our shoes and design an outfit inspired by them. I chose my L.L. Bean rain boots, because every Southern girl has a pair and we love to wear them with raincoats and flirty skirts! (I did 2 photo shoots for this outfit, thus the different colored tights.) I decided that I wanted to make a trench coat to go with them, but here's my thing with trench coats: when it rains, your head gets wet. So what exactly is the point of them? I have a couple trench coats but never wear them! This trench coat, I decided, would have a hood.
The trench coat pattern is Burda Trench Coat #118. I modified it by adding the hood. The outer fabric is from the Target sheet section of all places. I love using Target sheets for fabric because they are thick but soft and come in such pretty patterns! After completing the jacket I waterproofed it with a waterproofing spray. The lining is a thick polyester blend. The shirt underneath is the Casual Lady Top pattern by Go To Patterns. The skirt is just a simple skirt with an elastic waist band. The exciting thing about the skirt is that I finally got to courage to cut into my Liberty Of London fabric! I love this print because it just looks like a rainy day. I love it so much I even used it as an accent on the jacket. Can you spot it?
I have many more pictures and details on my blog, so hop on over and see the rest of the story!