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When I first started this sewing and designing journey (journey is an apt description for PR&P yes?), my hope was to simply make it past the first week. These past six weeks have taught me that I can do so much more than I thought. I am giddy with excitement for all the things I want to sew after this is over...after a bit of a break that is. :)
Now onto my signature look...
It's not short but it's:
When thinking of my "signature" look, I struggled to nail down what I wanted to create for this week. I feel like I am still discovering what that is and I feel like there are many facets to my design preferences. I am learning to love to spend time on details more than I have before, because they add my own "special sauce" to my clothes. So, my signature look is still evolving very much. In the end, I have come to realize that there are a few patterns I tend to stick with that influence most everything I create; most of which I think came through in my designs this week.
I like to make clothes that are unique, yet classic, easy to run and play in :), yet special.
I decided to make a boy look and a girl look. Since Reid was my model for week four, I thought Owen should have a turn.
For ease of reading, I've made a list of details for each piece.
Gray skinny pants
*Using Melly Sew's Basic Pant pattern and Peekaboo Pattern Shop's skinny pant pattern, I morphed them together to get a great fitting pant for Owen.
* It has a working zip fly! The Melly Sew's pattern makes the seemingly daunting task of installing a zip fly very doable.
*The pants also have a wooden button closure, belt loops and leather pockets in the front and the back. (If you're wondering how to launder the leather, it gets softer and darker but should be okay in the wash because the pockets are smaller details in the garment.) The pocket lining is a gray and white seer sucker material.
*Making a pattern from one of Owen's existing shirts, I threw in a mix of gray fabrics to create a unique look.
* The bright yellow ribbing adds a nice punch of color and complements his shoe laces perfectly.
Which Natalie was quite intrigued by. :)
* Using a thrifted women's sweater, I used my newly made shirt pattern to make a size 6-8 boy's sweater, with contrasting gray ribbing for the turtleneck collar.
* I added a white exposed zipper to the front and a leather triangle detail at the bottom of the zipper.
And now for Natalie's look.
* This simple shift tunic has pleated short sleeves with a matching box pleat detail in the back.
* The upper back part of the tunic is a cream colored lace and is sealed off with thin black bias tape and a button shank closure.
* The bias tape continues to the front with a geometric design and cut out.
* The bottom is blocked with a bold black strip.
* All the fabric is cream and black Kona cotton.
Leggings and hair accessory
* The hair rosette has yellow vinyl leaves that match the shoes and is attached to a clip that snaps into a fold over elastic headband.
* Using this shoe pattern that I have used in past weeks, I made this pair of flats out of yellow vinyl material from Joann (in home fabrics section) and lined it with tan felt.
* I added a cap of nude colored leather to the toe, some metal eyelets I punched with my snaps/eyelet tool and some leather laces. As you can see, I have almost no qualms about mixing black and brown. :)
The only draw back to the laces is that Natalie kept playing with them. Later, I figured out that by wrapping it around her ankle and knotting it instead of tying a bow, it looked cuter and stayed on better. It's nice to have an impromptu "toy" on hand if I need it though. :)
*I'm a sucker for cardigans. Layers are nice to have in our colder climate, but mostly I just love them. Cardigans are comfy, versatile and pretty much always flattering. I think they are super cute on babies too. So, I knew I had to make a cardigan for my "signature" look.
*This is a basic cardigan that I made from a pattern I created the first week using a onsie. I added a slight box pleat in the back for a feminine touch.
* I also added a yoke like color block at the top and at the bottom of the sleeves in a yellow striped knit fabric. Before I applied it to the cardigan I created an exposed facing piping to add interest.
* For design purposes and so it's easy to crawl in, I put a single black/brown shank button at the top to close it up.
Just for kicks. Here's a quick round up of my past five looks.
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