2013 Fashion Design Challenge
For my first entry I decided to make an outfit suitable for a girl from the Pacific Northwest, based on a shearling jacket. Because of the rapidly changeable weather here, she likes to dress in layers.
The inspiration for this outfit started with some sueded-shearling fabric I bought that was light-weight enough for doll clothes.
I found a jacket style I liked and was so impressed by the model, I decided to try to duplicate the entire look.
Black tank top
Black leggings with white tennis shoes
Pendleton plaid shirt
Denim cut-off jeans
I'll also crochet a slouchy beret to coordinate with the lining of her jacket.
Finishing touches will be a necklace made from a broken earring, and purchased sunglasses and tennis shoes.
OUTFIT IN PROCESS:
I drafted a pattern and test fitted it with inexpensive 2-sided fabric before cutting into the $22/yard sueded-shearling.
Laying out jacket pattern pieces on the sueded shearling fabric
Sewing seams of jacket, WRONG sides together. It was easy to sew because I didn't have to finish any seams!
With a red plaid Pendleton Wool remnant from my stash, I cut out a basic shirt from a Simplicity pattern, modifying it to add roll-up sleeve cuffs. I just barely had enough length to match the plaids!
Sewing collar and facing to neckline.
Ready to add sleeves. I wanted to make the pocket more noticeable by NOT matching the plaid.
Inside of shirt. All raw edges are serged, side seams are French seamed, buttonholes are functional and the plaids are carefully matched.
Next, I cut out leggings (Simplicity pattern) and a tank top (free pattern from Liberty Jane) from black knit fabric.
Sewing the tank top
Serging seams on leggings
A re-purposed denim skirt provided the perfect fabric for the cut-offs. I modified a Liberty Jane cut-offs pattern to add cuffs.
Sewing the waistband. View of finished inside seams.
Fitting the cut-offs. My model has a strange shape!
I copied the shape of an existing purse and cut it out of left-over upholstery ultrasuede with a cranberry red suedecloth lining.
Sewing lining to purse
Inside of purse
Lastly, I crocheted the slouchy beret to coordinate with the shearling lining of the jacket.
Back of jacket
Tank top, cuffed shorts and leggings
Unbuttoned shirt with folded up cuffs
Shirt buttoned up
Back of shirt
Taking a walk in the woods in my new outfit
It's a rare sunny day in the Pacific Northwest!
I'm an outdoors kind of girl.
I love going on hikes through the forest
balancing on fallen logs...
(Oops, I almost fell off trying to show you the back of my cut-offs)
(too bad I can't bend my knees)
and enjoying the great out-of-doors on a misty Northwest day!
Thank you for viewing my submission to the 2013 DW Fashion Design Challenge.
I hope you like it!
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Information about this contest:
First Outfit Tasks Due July 14th, 2013.
Second Outfit Tasks Due August 25th, 2013.