Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Time to Vote: Going Global Challenge!

It's once again time to vote for your favorite look in the Going Global Challenge...be sure to scroll down to see all the looks and then find the poll at the bottom of the post!  Good luck designers!

A Lemon Squeezy Home--Colores Brilliante
Mexico Inspiration:  Project Sewn
Hello everyone!  I chose Mexico for my inspiration this week!  When I think of Mexico I think of the words bright, bold, and beautiful.  For the shirt I was searching for some Mexican embroidered fabric and happened upon Otomi Fabric...it is completely amazing in every way.  Bright, beautiful, bold, and so unique.  I love it.  It takes the Otomi people a very long time, as you can imagine, to make the hand embroidered fabric and so it was out of my price range.  What do I do when I can’t find the right fabric?  I paint it:).  I googled Otomi fabric online, printed an image I liked, used it under my fabric to trace the designs, then filled it in with fabric marker.  I was hoping for a brighter red on a cream color fabric, but when I couldn’t find the right shade of cream gauze, ended up dying my shirt yellow, hoping for the best with the Otomi painted on already.  Once I dyed and washed the shirt the red faded to an orange-ish color, but thank heavens didn’t wash out!! 

Mexico Inspiration:  Project Sewn
I wanted to pair the feminine blouse with a great pair of skinny jeans.  I used the Jamie Jeans pattern by Named and made my very first pair of jeans.  It was a success!  They turned out wonderful and fit me very well.  And I actually really enjoyed sewing them.  They were time consuming but after last week’s jacket, I was ready for anything.  I made this Aztec inspired cardigan using the Swingy Cardigan by Burda.  I omitted the pockets because I didn’t want them to flop around and be seen with this flowing cardigan. 
Mexico Inspiration:  Project Sewn
Head over to A Lemon Squeezy Home to see more pics! 

Groovy Baby and Mama-- A Duet
Bonjour - it's Trine Going Global. Or, at least going French - and Japanese. Trine going Frapanese!!! (Almost sounds like something you could eat - or drink, right?)

I've really been looking forward to this week's challenge. I knew right from the start that if I made it this far in the competition, I would make something chic and French inspired with Breton stripes. I just adore these horizontal stripes. 

So, this is me going French in a fitted dress. I haven't worn a fitted dress in many, maaaaany years, but I kind of like it. Maybe because it's made of comfortable ponte jersey. I love ponte fabric - it's easy to work with and has such great drape and recovery. This striped version in particular only has a little but just enough stretch. The dress is based on the McCall's 5975 pattern. Unfortunately OOP but still possible to find on ebay or etsy. I eliminated the zipper in the back and tapered and lengthened the skirt by 10-15 cm as I wanted the dress to hit just below my knees. No other changes were made to the pattern. I really love the fit and look of this dress. The boat neck, the bust darts, the 3/4 sleeves, the skirt length. I feel so classy. Now I just need the Eiffel Tower in the background. Could that be arranged, Kelly?
As mentioned above I've also been a little Japanese inspired for this week's outfit. A self drafted drapey wide sleeved  silk kimono cardigan. Finished with French seams, bien sûr. Of course the most elegant and perfect seam would be named after France. Inspiration/tutorial for the kimono was found here
Chic, non?

Sewing in No Man's Land--Lucky Of The Irish
Cead Mila Failte! "One Hundred Thousand Welcomes" in Gaelic. When we were assigned the theme of "inspired by a country" I knew immediately that I would make an outfit inspired by my second home, Ireland. I am actually a dual citizen, Irish-American. I spent many of my childhood summers running around the green fields of Ireland with cousins and a large part of my heart will always be there.
I have also loved tartan and decided to sew up a peplum dress from a fun red, black, green and yellow tartan fabric. I added a fun kick pleat in the back so I wasn't waddling all over the place ha! I also know how rainy it is and wanted to be prepared ha! I have always wanted a cape and I found this pattern from Burda that I thought was gorgeous. I used the most lovely soft wool from the fabric district in Paris and since I had loads of black piping left over from the trench coat in round one, I decided to pipe it up! This cloak is by far the most detailed piece of clothing I have ever made. Each seam is double topstitched! I love the toggle closures and deep pockets and ohhhh is it cozy! For pictures we decided to head to one of the most beautiful places in Ireland in county Kerry along Slea Head. Right by the sea. I actually hiked up a steep, rocky and wet mountain to get the water fall pictures ha! And after shooting in front of that gorgeous cottage we saw two new baby lambs who had been born moments before. What can I say, Ireland is magical in the spring. 2014-05-18_0005

I am so happy with this outfit inspired by a place so dear to my heart! Hop on over to Sewing In No Mans Land for a MASSIVE onslaught of Ireland pictures ha!

Idle Fancy--A Trip to Sweetish Hill
Good morning, Project Sewn! For this week's challenge, I channeled not only a country, but my own childhood. You see, as the blonde hair and blue eyes might indicate, I'm of Swedish extraction. In the 19th century, my dad's family moved to America from outside Gothenburg...and have been nostalgic for all things Scandinavian ever since. We put Swedish flags on our Christmas trees, regularly visit our favorite "Sweetish" bakery, drive an inordinate number of Volvos, and dress our wee girls in heavily embroidered traditional folk dresses. I was one such child and decided to revisit that past this week! This is my grown-up twist on the classic Swedish dress of my youth.
Since I planned to embroider this dress myself, I chose a midweight linen in classic Swedish flag blue, which could stand up to the weight of all that thread-work. Once I'd settled on a simple darted bodice, with a pleated dirndl skirt and slightly puffed sleeves, I started in on the hard part: embroidering! After a call to my grandmother, to discuss techniques I'd long forgotten, I embroidered a modern Scandinavian pattern along the neckline, in white and yellow cotton pearl. It took forever, but I adore how it turned out! It adds just the right touch of all that folksy charm from my youth. To keep the theme going, I edged my hem in three rows of yellow-and-white rick rack, instead of donning the traditional apron skirt over the dress.

For a bit of flourish, I also whipped up this cute little bow clutch, in a coordinated yellow leatherette, as a sweet accessory for the dress. So, what do you think? Would my Scandinavian foremothers be proud of all that hand-sewing? I hope so! This was, more than anything I've sewn in recent memory, a labor of pure love. More photos and details can be found at my blog, Idle Fancy


  1. Ladies.... mercy! You have all done a superb job - and at this moment, I don't know where to cast my vote. Seems so unfair to only be allowed to choose one....... Seriously, congrats on a job well-done to all contestants! The outfits are lovely, and you met the spirit of the challenge so well. I am just not nearly as creative as all of you!

  2. Wow, I am so IMPRESSED!!! I've thoroughly enjoyed reading and seeing your sewing creations. I agree, very difficult to vote on just one. Congratulations to all.

  3. Wow!! you are all so so talented! it was hard to vote.

  4. Beautiful & thoughtful work, all of you. I have no idea how to vote. I say all of you!

  5. So
    So many gorgeous items this week. I ended up flipping a coin to decide!

  6. These ladies are all soooo talented - all contestants have been even those voted out. . I disagree with a snarky comment the first week - this is not a popularity contest in my opinion. I have voted based on skill, detail, thought & interpretation of the contestants .
    Great job ladies

  7. That Irish coat is TO DIE FOR! And that blue dress is so sweet. Paris dress, I WISH I could wear that and the yellow top just pops. So amazing, ladies.

  8. all of them are so good! I'm a fan of everyone!

  9. Beautiful clothing and inspiration stories. Love the simple blue dress, so flattering and well constructed. Hard to choose just one.

  10. Amazing!! Such hard work and dedication - well done, ladies! :D

  11. The most difficult week so far! So hard to vote!