Mad for Plaid
You have a little bit of the 1910's/1920's, a dash of 1940's/1950's, and a sprinkling of the 1960's/1970's. I also made multiple pieces and used some pretty fun colors. Once I put all of this together, I decided to call my Signature Style: A Playful Piecing of the Past. I figured that since I was ascending in time over the weeks I should keep that trend up, but what was left was....the 80's. Oh GREAT. Anyone that says they loved the 80's style CLEARLY hasn't had to create a garment inspired by that time period. I decided to do my thang and combined the 1980's and 1990's with some spunk and of course include multiple pieces that could be used separately. So without further blah blah blahs from me, here's my Spunky Punky Rocker Girl!
I started with making the top. I used the Nova pattern by Popolok Designs as my base. My goal for PR&P was to push myself, so I decided to use NO woven cottons in my final look. Wovens are my fall back. They're just so easy and so cute and so...well...inexpensive. I like inexpensive. I'd date "inexpensive". We'd live a long happy life together. Since knits are NOT inexpensive, I had to be creative. I used a dress that was in my closet...it was new. It seriously still had the tag on it, but it was 2 sizes too small and a summer dress. It was a $13 dress, so if I save $1.25 a month I can definitely buy a new one next summer. Works for me! The AWESOME torn looking stretchy stuff was in my stash, given to me as a gift. I lined the top with an old white t-shirt of mine. Who cares about 5K 2012 anyway? I added a keyhole to the back since the original pattern called for a zipper and I wanted this to slip on and off; I finished it off with a cute red button.
The next step was to create the skirt, the leggings, the glove and bow. These were all SUPER easy to do, but really finished off the look. I used a pair of leggings the girl already had to draft these cool tear ones and I seriously just guessed by measurements for the skirt. The glove and bow were really just for fun. Aurelia saw a bow in Target just like this, grabbed it and said "That's mine". I took it back, said "no it's not" and then made her one of her own out of my stash. At first I debated cutting the bow and glove out of the pics because it's a bit much and I know so many moms are very practical. But she loves it so much and I don't really care what you think, ok? Put that in your milk and stir it! I just Chocolafied your milk. BAM!
The final piece to this look is my favorite piece. This jacket just took this look to another level and I'm so glad that I had time to make it. It's the Young Hero jacket from the Ottobre 04/2012 magazine. It was intended for knits, but it was pretty loose so I figured the pleather would work...AND IT SO DID!!! I was afraid of Ottobre...very afraid. There are no pics with their tutorials and the patterns are printed so there are multiple patterns on one sheet. I wanted to scrap it and run, but once I actually got started, it was so awesome. I'm an Ottobre lover now. You can't break us apart, so don't even try!
I flippin' love the jacket! It,like, totally rocks. Some of the pics you may notice some missing bling...well, I didn't use the right glue. I fixed it though and those suckers aren't coming off again! What's an 80's/90's look without some bedazzling anyway?
Can you tell by my nuclear photo bomb that I'm happy with it? This last week was a challenge for me that involved a bunch of trial and error, but I couldn't be happier with the result. I'm quite proud of all of my looks. What's that sound? The tooting of my own horn. I bet you're reacting like the folks in Lars's music video here:
What's your signature style? Try and define it, sew it and link up with the rest of us! And of course, as always, you can't leave without a few funnies from my silly girl:
Be original, Y'all!