Well first off, can you believe I am still around for the final week at Project Run and Play?
I have to say I'm pretty surprised I made it this far. Of course you always hope, but to get to sew for this week was really exciting for me. Stressful too, as I didn't do as much preparation for final look, as I wasn't sure I'd ever need it. So thank you for all the support throughout the competition, and those votes that helped me get here!
Voting open through Sunday night to determine the winner of Season 3 of PRandP and the amazing $500+ prize package!!
Weekend At Granny's
Weekend At Granny's
This last challenge is "Signature Look", or whatever you want that represents you.
This was the hardest one for me, I think it's easier to have some kind of focus or assignment, but fun to make whatever you want.
I decided to sew for both my kids, as they both are my inspiration and motivation to sew.
I also knew I'd be sewing some historical or vintage inspired look.
But from there, it was kind of a process to narrow down and figure out what details to design/ sew. I made lists of all my favorite fabrics, color schemes, garments, and influences and ended up finding a mesh of a few of these favorites.
This week's look is: vintage inspired, military influenced, has tweed and upcycled knits, coats, pleats, welt pockets, and some asymmetry all in comfortable, washable, easy to wear separates.
I liked the texture of the different fabrics, stripes, plaid, and colors in these looks. I think it has a lot of interesting elements that's obviously got vintage roots, but created in a more modern look.
So the rundown of everything I made this week:
Convoy Coat, Sergeant Tee, and Olive Plaid Pocket Trousers
Tweed Peplum Jacket and flat-front circle skirt, double breasted tee shirt with mustard buttons, mustard leggings and baby TOMS gray/ mustard shoes
I'll start with Ellaria this week.
Her jacket has a simple shape, but a few details that make it stand out.
First of all, I chose to use a burgundy tweed. Typically you don't see tweed on kids, but it gave the look a vintage 1940s feel to me. I've read a few places how peplums are trendy for 2012 and figured I'd hop on the trend early and designed the coat with the waist seam and peplum that's intentionally not too ruffly.
The coat is lined in gray polka dot flannel.
To make the look a little more feminine, I thought of having some kind of trim at the sleeve and neckline. I'm not the biggest fan of ruffles, so the box-pleats that fan out mimic the shape of a ruffle, but have a more structured, crisp look. I love a pleat!
You can see how they bend out and back along the shape of the neckline.
I love a standing collar, and so the pleats decrease in size as the shape of the coat front curves to make room for the chin. The coat closes with two large buttons, with a double breasted overlap.
Next I have to talk about the shoes!
I actually considered buying some for this look, but ended up not liking the kid size TOMS. They've got a big velcro tab, and I prefer the adult version with a slip on, wrapped look.
SO I MADE SOME BABY TOMS!!
I love these things so much I'm going to have a whole post just on the shoes later.
But my favorite part is the heel patch, which I free motion sewed her name on.
The darted square toe makes these fit really well, giving the shoe height for some thick, short chubby baby feet that just won't fit in regular shoes we've bought.
Under her coat, she's wearing a tee shirt that's upcycled from my mom's shirt, and mustard leggings I made from a maternity shirt.
It's a double breasted style tee shirt with three mustard buttons and white piping.
On to RJ's look.
He also had a tee-shirt upcycled from my mom's original.
It's a turtleneck, but something I'd never seen before with the open neck that starts off to the shoulder.
It reminded me of a military neckline, so I thought the navy epaulets were a fun details to give it a masculine edge.
There's also the kangaroo pouch pocket on the belly to keep it kid friendly.
Now on to the trousers.
I went with plaid. I had a dark olive and tan plaid that I thought could work as pants without being tacky.
Although it does look weird with his shirt still tucked in.
There's an elastic waist with belt loops, and I had to have some welt pockets somewhere, and they ended up on his bum. I added the contrasting pocket top and flaps.
The big feature on these pants are these big patch pockets.
A "patch pocket" is where you just sew the fabric on top of the pants, creating the pocket all on the outside. These took extra time because I had to make sure to cut them so the plaid lines on the pocket would match up with the plaid on the pants once they were sewn on, and that they'd be in the same places for the right and left sides.
You can see these pockets are big, and wrap around the side of the pant, and can hold a lot!
Now for the Convoy Coat!
I designed this coat from two different British classics.
The Norfolk Jacket and the Duffle Coat.
Norfolk Jackets were used for shooting dress. The cut was looser to raise your elbow to shoot. I liked the box pleat, self made belt, and huge patch pocket details, but felt the lapels were way too dressy for a kid coat.
The Duffle coat originated in the Royal Navy during WWI, then more commonly in WWII. It had toggles so they could unbuckle the coats while wearing big gloves, and the hoods were large enough to go over flat topped navy hats. They were also knee length. I liked the idea of having a hood, the overall sack shape of the coat, and the few simple closures.
So I kept the shape, length, dropped shoulders, hood and closure of the duffel, but maintained the box pleat, yoke, self made belt of the Norfolk. The back also has the double box pleats that act as belt loops.
This coat is lined with fleece, and it's really warm. RJ was trying it on for a fitting and said: "Get me out of this! I'm too hot!" So I think it would be a great coat to dress up or down in the winter when they're not sledding or something directly in snow and they'd stay really warm.
My own design not derived from the inspiration coats were the closures. I decided to make kid-friendly denim belts to close the coat. The belts loop through D rings on the opposite side of the coat, folding back on themselves, and securing with velcro. Easy on and easy off.
The waist has the belt that has a larger D ring, but the same concept.
Thanks for checking out my looks! The wool tweed coats seemed like they would be great for a train ride, and where else do little kids go except to visit Granny!
Here's a funny blooper when RJ was complaining his head itched.
Oddly enough the baby that can't stand on her own or walk was the easier model to work with during this round!