It’s the FINAL round of Project Sewn!!! Ahhhhh! If you can please hop HERE to vote! Merci!
Sorry I have such a pouty puss in all these pictures. I swear I smile a lot I think the stress was getting to me ha!
I still cannot believe it is the finale of Project Sewn and I made it! Whaaaaaa? I was more nervous for this “topic” then any other. Not because it was the finale (though that should have made me nervous by itself) but more because I have the hardest time defining my own signature style.
It is funny because if something is shown to me I can say “yes that is totally my style” or ” No way I would never wear that” but when I have to sit down and create something on my own that defines me I almost get sick over it.
I originally had my mind set on making a lace overlay dress. I have been wanting to make one forever just to have to wear for spring and there is a lovely mint lace at Marche. But when I went to find an underlay (is that a word?) I couldn’t find any solid color that would work.
It sort of felt like a relief though because I felt like I have done the muted overlay thing to death and now I was going to have to think out of the box. When I saw the polka dot silk (made into a gorgeous dress on a mannequin in the store) I knew I had to use it. I have never sewn with a stiff silk before and was pretty apprehensive. I was silly to worry though it sewed up just fine.
When I found THIS burda pattern for the top with the oversized bow everything seemed to snow ball and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Luckily they had plenty of the gaberdine and I thought the bright red would be the perfect punch. I decided to use my own skirt pattern, the Taking Notes pattern (HERE) but this time instead of just gathering the waistline, I first made large box pleats and then gathered. I also made the waist half the width and straight across instead of curved like in the pattern. I felt like this gave it more structure.
The coat. Oh this coat. I fell in love with the asymmetrical buttons in THIS coat. It took me SIX hours to print out, tape together, cut out the pattern pieces, cut out the fabric pieces, cut out the fusible interfacing and lining and prepare the pieces that were interfaced. SIX HOURS!! Just for prep work! Thats not even sewing!
I almost gave up and at one point almost started crying…. mainly because it was two am and I spilled my coke all over my sewing table but the two are linked ha! I kept plugging away because I knew in the end I would love it but ohhhhhh man was it a bear to sew. I also decided to cover each interior seam with this adorable striped bias tape I found at the same vintage shop I got my buttons at. It makes the inside of the coat look so nice but also meant once again all the seams would have to be topstitched on either side. EEKKKK!
I am glad I stuck with it though because I love how it turned out. It is ironic though that my two favorite things about it aren’t really seen. Those red lined pockets and the bias taped seams are just my favorite! I love little surprises in clothing.
In the end I feel like this outfit screams me. Classic to the core with a punch of color and a touch of mod. If you have a moment to VOTE and to check out Christie and Trines awesome outfits hop over HERE. I would super appreciate it!
^^^^ I am way more excited then this picture lets on ha!^^^^
I am so grateful for all the support that has been given during this competition. Both from you lovely wonderful readers AND my family and friends. Two of my best girlfriends sat next to my sewing room door one night and talked to me into the wee hours of the morning while I sewed even though they were on their big European vacations and had tons to see the next morning. Dasha and Elizabeth you girls are the best! A big thank you to my Hubby who has been (as always) endlessly patient with me during this process. From me tuning him out accidentally because I am trying to mentally wrap my head around a project to wading through laundry to find a clean shirt for work. Then being dragged to locations and a camera thrust in your hands. Your are amazing Chris and I am so grateful for you! Remember to hop over HERE to vote and thank you again!