Sunday, September 1, 2013

Entry #50

Second Outfit Entry

Ann Van Doren

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The inspiration for my 2nd entry to the 2013 FDC came from a "Trends to Sew" posting on "The Doll Wardrobe" of a black coat with pink lining and piping.
I'll make a similar coat with a darker coral lining, keeping in mind that Nora isn't very fond of pink...

For the outfit under the coat, I'll make a blouse I found on Pinterest from pale peachy silk instead of pink, to contrast with the coral coat lining.  
I'll add a white cotton Peter Pan collar and soutache braid to the collar and cuffs.

I'll pair the classic blouse with a trendy asymmetrical skirt to make the outfit more youthful. The skirt will be made with a fine gray wool.

To bring the two styles together I'll add a reversible double breasted vest with wide lapels and a black elastic belt to give it shape. 
The vest will be black cotton knit reversing to gray.  The black belt will have a silver clasp to match the silver skirt zipper.

Underneath the skirt will be black leather shorts, visible when the skirt zipper is raised.

I'll make a grey hobo bag purse with design elements from the skirt and vest to complete the outfit.

Accessories I'll make will include a black felt fedora to match the coat, black boots, and a fluffy crocheted infinity scarf.

Since my model's story will feature a visit to Grandma, I'll make a suitcase to hold a change of undies, nightgown, robe and slippers.

And since Grandma lives in Seattle, of course I'll need to make an umbrella!


Fine black wool from a recycled skirt was cut out using a modified McCalls coat pattern.

Coat lining and bias binding for the piping were cut from a never-worn pair of coral cotton cargo pants.

Coat body and lining ready to add epaulets and sleeves.

Sewing piping to the epaulets.

I cut the blouse from a pale peach tissue silk and will inter-line it with white cotton batiste. 
The pattern is adapted from a Simplicity pattern, with an added Peter Pan collar of white cotton batiste.  

Inside of blouse - ready to sew side and sleeve seams.

I drafted an asymetrical skirt pattern to accommodate the front offset zipper opening and cut it out of finely woven grey wool.  
The hardest part was finding a black zipper that didn't have huge silver teeth.

Luckily I found a pair of brand new faux leather shorts with a small-ish silver zipper at Goodwill for $4. 
The zipper is (almost) perfect and I'll use the leather for the shorts, boots, and purse embellishment.

Shorts are sewn from a modified Liberty Jane shorts pattern.

Cutting out the boots from an adapted McCalls pattern, 
being careful to avoid the pocket stitching on the shorts.

Attaching black foam sole to boot. 
Back closure is ultra thin velcro.

I adapted a Simplicity blouse pattern to make a reversible double breasted vest, cut out from black and grey soft knits.

Sewing vest seams on serger.

Leather scraps were used to embellish the purse to mimic the triangular collar on the vest. 
A silver zipper adorns other side of the bag.

Crocheting, hand felting and shaping the fedora.

Crocheting the infinity scarf.

Suitcase top and bottom are cut out of card stock and top stitched. 
Faux leather strips and hardware are added.

Nightgown and robe are machine embroidered on fine white cotton batiste.
The design is an adaption from Kathy Harrison's "Custom Keepsakes" software.

Sewing embroidered sleeve to robe. Slippers are made from white craft foam and feathers.
Undies are white cotton knit trimmed with fine cotton lace.

Umbrella is sewn from a lining type fabric in a color to coordinate with coat lining, with black contrast stitching.


Coat and accessories

Coat Lining

Silk blouse
The front placket is black bias tape adorned with pearl buttons.

Closure is ultra thin velcro.   Raw edges are serged.  Sleeve cuffs have pearl button and loop closures. 

Skirt zipped and unzipped with shorts.

Shorts front and back.

Reversible vest.

Front and back of purse.

Boots and belt.

Front and back of suitcase, open and packed suitcase.


Nightgown, robe and undies.

Close up of embroidery.



I got to ride a ferry to visit my Grandma in Seattle!  
While my twin sister goes hiking and rock climbing with Grandpa, 
Grandma is going to take me to visit museums and parks around Seattle.

Arriving by Ferry
Mama bought me a new coat and hat for my trip, and let me borrow her vintage suitcase.

First, we went to the Pacific Science Center. 
The day began with rain so I'm glad I brought my umbrella!

I had fun shooting the water cannon before we went inside.

Next we went to the Sculpture Gardens.  Luckily the sun came out and I could take off my coat. 
(Can you see my shorts under my skirt?)

Then we visited the "EXPERIENCE THE MUSIC PROJECT" and 
afterwards we ate lunch on top of the Space Needle.

On the way home to Grandma's house we stopped at Freeway Park - 
can you believe this is on top of a freeway?
It got cooler so I put on my scarf.

Back at Grandma's, I unpacked my suitcase with my new robe, nightgown, slippers, and a change of undies.  
Grandma has a special guest room just for me!

Mama made my robe and nightgown with her new embroidery machine.

The next morning, we went to the Seattle Art Museum.  
I decided to wear my shorts and the reverse side of my vest.

It was warm inside so I took off my vest.

I decided to take a picture with my shirt tucked in but I think it makes me look chubby...

After dinner and a ride on the new Ferris Wheel down on the Pier, it was time to catch the ferry back home.
I had a wonderful week-end with my Grandma!

Thank you for viewing my Entry #2 to the Doll Wardrobe Fashion Design Challenge.  
I hope you like it!

Ann Van Doren

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Thank you for your entry!

Vote for this outfit via comment on this post or by emailing us 

One vote per person.
You can vote for yourself.
You can vote for more than one outfit.
Hence, you can vote for multiple outfits. :-)

Voting for Second Outfits ends September 25th, 2013.

Information about this contest:

First Outfit Tasks Due July 14th, 2013.
Second Outfit Tasks Due August 25th, 2013.


Liesel said...

Wow, this gets my vote. It's superb. I'm blown away by your talent.

Anonymous said...

Wow! This outfit is really cute! Impressive! Vote!

rebeccadzierzon said...

I'm with Liesel. It's amazing and I am just blown away by the details and craftmanship. Gets my vote! Wonderful job!

N said...

The detail and care in this entry is mind-blowing. I vote for this unbelievable design!

Cayse said...

I vote for this one. Creative, cute and so well put together. The sewing is beautiful!

LKaye said...

I vote for this one. Your talent is amazing. Fantastic job!

Amy S. said...

Your outfit is beautiful! I hope you win!

Shas said...

Sooo cute - this one gets my vote.

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful. I vote for this one. Susanne

Jamie said...

So cute! I hope you win!!

Diane said...

I love how well thought out and complete you outfits are. I would totally wear them myself. You've got my vote!

Elise said...

i loved the jacket so cute! :D

Anonymous said...

Great outfit! Loved it!

Unknown said...

Count my vote on this one! It is extraordinary in every respect! DGLF

brenda j chesnut said...

Professional and well executed.Big vote from me.

Melody Silverleaf said...

Wow! Just stunning! This whole ensemble is outstanding. Definitely voting here.

Wendy Gist said...

I vote for this outfit! It is incredible!

Brenna said...

This definitely gets my vote! I absolutely love it - so detailed, beautiful work.

Suzanne said...

Amazing outfit, great story, pics are great. Gets my vote!!!

Eileen said...

Love it! This is my vote!

Libby said...

I LOVE this outfit! I definitely vote for it. Such talent....amazing presentation. I really loved the story in Seattle.

Anne Slocum said...

Wow the detail is amazing! This one gets my vote!

Anonymous said...

I vote for Entry # 50. She is so creative and does beautiful work!

Mary Kelly said...

Such a beautiful outfit and story. It gets my vote.

Ann Van Doren said...

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments and votes. It's very flattering and gratifying to make something that pleases others and to be publicly complimented for it :) And thank you to The Doll Wardrobe for the opportunity to receive these compliments!

David Kelly said...

I vote this one

David Kelly said...

Great Work! So cool. I love the Story and placement

Diane said...

I Vote this cute outfit

Elise said...

I vote for this outfit

Anonymous said...

I vote for this outfit

Norma Fritsche said...

I vote for this outfit. Everything is so well put together but I especially like the accessories - umbrella, purse, hat. Doing all that requires real creative talent.

Mighty Quinnster said...

Vote! Wow, this girl is styling!

Anonymous said...

Oh my word! Outstanding! It certainly gets my vote.


Charisse said...

I vote for you. Your entry is so creative and ambitious! What a cute idea & such cute outfits!!

Charisse said...

I vote for you. Your entry is so creative and ambitious! What a cute idea & such cute outfits!!

Anonymous said...

I am in awe at the professional finishing and the number of pieces. My favorite for sure!

Sewbig said...

Add my vote !
So many different media and techniques. It's a whole wardrobe. You could play all day mixing and matching all the pieces. Love the fedora.

Nana Sew Dear said...

Terrific work and such a lot of it. I'm too late to vote but this is very nice.

Ann Van Doren said...

Thank you very much!