Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Time To Vote: Signature Style!

There is nothing to say but "wow".  The ladies this season have been nothing short of amazing.
And this week is no exception.  A huge thank you to all of them for being a part of another amazing season.  Now it's time to caste your vote!!!
 
 
 
Alida Makes---Effortless Chic


Hey y'all! I'm so honored to be here for the final Project Sewn Challenge! This challenge is all about our signature style, so I created a look that is effortless and chic because that is what my style is all about. I am a mom of 4, I don't have time for fussy, complicated outfits. This look is easy to throw on, run out the door and look fabulous: wide leg dark wash jeans, a flowy blouse, and a killer bag.


The jeans are my pride and joy right now! I created them using the Jamie Jeans pattern. Since that's a skinny jeans pattern I had to do some modifications! I widened the legs and made the waistline an inch higher. They fit like a glove! With wide leg pants length is so important (especially if you were not gifted with long legs!), so I hemmed them to juuust graze the floor. The Jamie Jeans pattern has an option to use a contrasting fabric for the pocket panel, but I decided to use glitter ribbon to add some sparkle!  The inside of the pocket is the same Liberty of London fabric from my skirt in the last challenge. Can you see it peeking out in the middle photo? The blouse is self-drafted. I bought about 4 yards of this beautiful patterned chiffon with grand plans for a maxi dress, but nothing I tried to do with that fabric worked out! You should see all the half-finished pieces that are littering my sewing room right now. Anyway, I ultimately decided that a little chiffon goes a long way. I pieced together the top to add a contrast in the middle yoke. The bottom of the blouse is a vintage knit blend. I'm not exactly sure what it is! It came from my husband's grandmother's stash, and probably dates back to the 70s or 80s.  The bag, oh the bag! I saw one like it on Pinterest and I just had to make one. I will have a tutorial coming up on the blog (after I take a breath!) It was actually really easy to make and only took about an hour. 


It's so hard to show you the outfit in 3 pictures, but I think you can get an idea. Please hop on over to my blog and look at more pictures!

 


Oonaballoona: Orange Colored Sky

The sewing in Kalkatroona has been nonstop, speech is becoming a lost art.  But when words fail you, you can always let your style speak for you instead.  Mine hollers in a slightly tipsy, off balance, brain bellowing technicolor tone.  Please excuse its rudeness-- it has no manners, I can't seem to contain it.


When asked about my signature style, I find it hard to pin down.  It has a split personality: wild, with a little classic thrown in.  Fittingly, the song that ran through my head during the frenzied stitching of this diddy was the ever classic Nat King Cole's completely insane rendition of "Orange Colored Sky." My style of sewing is also splintered-- my first love is to drape a garment, completely from scratch.  So I draped the dress.  This piped, padded, horsehaired, boned dress started out as two yards of cotton fabric, neon pink cord and gold chiffon, and me n' my dressform had our way with it.  But I also have a love affair with beautifully drafted indie patterns, and that's what this coat is: the Ralph Pink cocoon coat (with a few veers in the path along the way), made up in gray boiled wool, gold studs... and that weird metallic stuff you spy is a cut up couture placemat. 


This has been an honor, a blast, a supercharged jolt to my passion for sewing and the ever passionate sewing community!  Thank you Elizabeth and liZ, and to all the lovely ladies sewing along, I tip my hat to you. Although I can't really wear a hat.  The hair prevents it.  I hope to see you over at my blog, oonaballoona, where as usual I'll have more hollering and more shots of this look!  CHEERS, Y'ALL!


House of Pinheiro: Troubador

I wanted to incorporate everything that encompass my personal style. My love for fitted clothes, interesting design lines and prints. Classic with a twist. Some of you may have seen this design before. My dress is the same catwalk pattern from Giles Deacon “The Troubadour dress” - shown in his A/W 2007 catwalk show. His sexy deep emerald double duchess silk. Mine is made out of cotton sateen. The dress has a square neckline, 6 pieces sleeves, a raised back neck and the front and back panels pieces wrap around. No last minute side seam adjustments on fit. The 2 sleeves elbow pattern pieces look like bow ties. Sewn together, when the dress is just hanging, the sleeve has a 3D fold like there is an elbow there. Insanely cool! 


 A few times while I was sewing the dress I felt I was going mad.I didn't had time to make a muslin so I trusted the ‘power of the tape measure.’ To be honest I never ever imagined that I would get this far so I didn't made plans to have much sewing time, leaving me with only 30 hour window to make my final outfit. Taped the pattern the night before and sewn all day from 9 am till 3 am, leaving only the invisible zipper, hem and final touches to do the next day. Felt like I was in my own project runway dream. Tim Gunn may have popped in my head a few times saying “make it work” every time I had to redo those annoying joining seams. Review details and photos over House of Pinheiro. You can download the troubadour pattern (size 10) free with other 8 designers on Show Studio. 
 

30 comments:

  1. wow! They are all SOOO amazing. Congrats ladies!!!

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  2. you ladies are all amazing!! Congratulations on an incredible season!

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  3. Every week I have been blown away! No exception today!

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  4. WOW! This season's gals really knocked it outta the ball park!!!!!!

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  5. No offense to the previous seasons' designers (they were great) but this season is BEYOND! Love these ladies and their designs that make me want shed a tear for fashion of all types!!!

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  6. All the ladies are terrific but those jeans are the bomb! Well constructed and flattering - amazing!

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    1. Thank you! I love them. They are my new go-to jeans.

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  7. Holy cow! Well done, ladies! All three of these looks are amazing and I would love to wear all of them! Amazing work!

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  8. Wow, ladies!! You really brought it this week!! Amazing job!! :)

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  9. Such a tough decision - these are incredible! Well done ladies and thank you for so many amazing outfits and so much sewing inspiration over the course of Project Sewn.

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  10. These are all so incredible! Great job to everyone involved.

    Alida, I would absolutely wear that outfit. Love it.

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    1. Thank you Allison! I had so much fun making it!

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  11. I've loved this and have been so inspired. Thank you to all involved.

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous all of you. Too hard to choose a winner!

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  13. Wow! I am speechless (which does not happen often haha)

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  14. this is incredible. you girls rock!!!

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  15. Seriously: I had such a hard time voting....I finally went with Oona but I could easily have gone with House of Pinheiro's amazing fit and Alida Makes beautifully elegant casual attire. Thank you, ladies, for the inspiration.

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    1. colleen, i had a hard time voting too :)!!! i want to wear everything on this page. EVERYTHING.

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  16. Oonaballoona, I LOVE YOUR WORK! You rock. Well done!

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  17. All the creations are AMAZING. Voting was a very hard decision!!

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  18. Everyone of you are incredible! I look forward to visiting each of your blogs in the future, saved you in my bookmarks! You are all winners!!

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  19. There is something wrong with the survey - I cannot vote for all three!! These are terrific and a delight to see and read about.

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  20. This was so incredibly inspirational. Out of the ballpark, all of them!

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  21. All three finalists did a great job, but for taste, craftwomanship, inventiveness, style and the fashion photography -- well -- I think Oonaballoona takes it. Besides -- she's just so darned cute! I've been hoarding some of those placemats for use in garment embellishment and love it that Oonaballoona is like minded.

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