This week is fashion icon week at Project Run & Play!
I picked Jackie Kennedy, because I really identify with her fashion aesthetic.
Her sense of fashion was very classic and timeless. There are outfits that she wore that I would wear straight out of the picture today. And everything she wore was simply elegant and beautiful.
To translate “Jackie O into baby wear, I simply took details I liked, from a collection of different pictures of Jackie O and implemented them into one ensemble for Natalie.
Let’s start with the dress…
I was inspired by some of her dresses with fuller skirts and by one evening gown she wore with a sheer top and shoulder.
I used organza for the shoulders and sleeves, and finished the edges with layers of careful and close zig-zag stitching. It was super time consuming, but the effect was worth it. Because organza is polyester, whatever stray threads that didn’t get bound by the zig-zag stitching were singed with a candle.
I closed the back of the bodice of the dress with navy colored buttons and one pearl shank button at the top. The pearl button is in likeness to the lovely pearl necklaces that Jackie is famous for wearing.
Next, is the jacket/cardigan/almost sweater dress.
I incorporated the asymmetry and high slim collar from the picture at the top right; the large and bold rounded shank buttons from the pictures of the top and bottom left; and the luxurious look of the wool from the jacket on the bottom right. Of course, the wool I used is less fuzzy, but I was using repurposed material.
The front is slightly pleated but otherwise left plain to allow the buttons to be the focal point.
The inside seams were left raw because the wool is slightly felted and will not fray or unravel.
The back is gathered in pleats.
The pink wool is from a sweater I’ve had since high school. Just this last year, it fell victim to moths. :( Only a small part was eaten, so I salvaged it for a later project. It proved perfect for this jacket for Natalie.
Since it is 100% wool , it should keep her warm this fall and winter. The softer, sweater nature of this jacket makes it much easier for a baby to wear, and for me to buckle her into her car seat! :)
(The covered buttons you see above did not get used. I ended up finding some great pink buttons in my stash that worked better. )
Now for the colors and details.
Pink seemed like the obvious choice for Jackie Kennedy, since she seemed to wear it well, whether in her clothes or the lovely pink lipstick she wore often.
She is actually shown wearing a lot of black and white and even black and yellow as well, but I definitely didn’t want to repeat my look in any way from last week!
Navy seemed to be a great complement to this shade of pink and I was really drawn to this cotton floral print from Joann. When I found a genuine leather belt for 75 cents at the thrift store that matched the sweater, it was kismet. It was all coming together just right.
To make this shoe I used this baby shoe pattern. Natalie has tiny feet so I used the 0-3 month size and then enlarged it only very slightly.
Instead of making it with cotton fabric and interfacing, I used the leather from the belt. It wasn’t quite wide enough, so I had to piece it together but the middle seam ended up looking pretty cool.
The remaining details include a navy satin polyester diaper cover using MADE’s pattern found here, and a leather bow headband using leftover leather from making the shoes and navy colored fold over elastic.
So that’s the ins and outs of it.
As you can see, those leather shoes are already getting worn in!
I named this look First Baby.
It’s regal enough for a first lady, but wearable enough for a baby.
Whew! This post was long. Thanks for making it to the end! ;)
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