Friday, October 19, 2012

Time to Vote: THE FINAL WEEK---Signature Looks

This is the final voting round for Project Run and Play Season 5!  (We can't believe it is already here!)  This week our designers were asked to create an outfit that represents their own individual and unique "signature styles".  Vote for which style is your favorite...and make it count!  (Remember there is only one vote per computer---IP address.)

Delia Creates-Sweet & Simple

My style is kind of sweet and simple at first glance. The longer you look at it the more you notice it's not just a basic tee or just another pair of pants. From an unexpected or bold color choice, to a unexpected material, I like that my work makes you look twice. You have to inspect it, to fully appreciate it. I also like layers. Since we live in a cold climate, it is somewhat out of necessity but also a preference. I like the versatility many layers offer, especially in children's wear.


I decided to make a boy look and girl look this week. Since Reid got a new outfit during boy week, Owen was my model of choice this time. I made him a gray skinny jean with leather pocket details and a working zip fly! My first, and definitely not my last. His T-shirt is a mix of gray fabrics with a bright pop of yellow ribbing, and his sweater is an up-cycle with a white exposed zipper and gray contrasting collar.
I love neutrals paired with bright pops of bold color so I continued that look with Natalie's outfit. I made her a tunic with a lacy back, bias tape details at the top, and a sweet little box pleat at the back and at the top of each sleeve. I created bold fuchsia leggings and yellow and nude color blocked baby shoes with leather laces. I repeated the color blocking theme with her cardigan, which is camel with a yellow striped yoke with a bit of exposed facing piping. It closes at the neck with a single, bold, yet versatile brown/black button.


Come to my blog: deliacreates.blogspot.com to see more pictures and for more information about each detail! Because there are two looks, these picture collages don't do them justice. So please be sure to stop by. And...Thank you so much for keeping me in this competition each week. I have learned so much and it has pushed me on my way to becoming the sewer and designer I always wished I was!



Welcome to the Mouse House--Beaute Classique
While pondering my "Signature style" for this week's challenge, I was busy covering buttons with fabric and sewing up my own piping.  It suddenly dawned on me that my signature style is all about the extra details that create a classic, refined, and timeless piece of clothing.  I want my children to have clothing that will stand the test of time (both style-wise and durability), but I also love making clothes that stand out and make people say "Wow".  This week was no exception.  I lovingly hand embroidered the entire front of Ainsley's tunic.  Yes, I HAND EMBROIDERED every little detail, down to the tiny rosettes.  It took over 20 hours of work, but it was worth every second.


Like I previously mentioned, I hand embroidered her tunic top with ivy leaves, rosettes, flowers, and medallions. It was incredibly time consuming, but I am so happy with the results.  There are always more pictures up on my blog if you want to go see the details!  The tunic also features a peter pan collar (I definitely love peter pan collars!) with handmade olive green piping to accent the borders and olive green fabric covered buttons that go down the entire back of the shirt.  The adorable bubble-style shorts are made out of green {faux} linen and have gathered pockets, a wide placket and large buttons on the waistband.  Using a thrift store sweater, I also created rib knit leggings for Ainsley to wear under her shorts during the colder weather (it was WAY too warm for us to wear them during this photo shoot, but I got a few shots of her in them over at my blog).  Finally, I always like to accessorize, so I made her a sweet bow headband out of coordinating orange {faux} linen.  I would even dare to say that my style has a bit of a French influence???  Thanks so much for the past 6 weeks.  I have had a blast!  Go check out Welcome to the Mouse House for more pictures!







Elegance and Elephants--The Playful Professor

When I think of my signature, these are the words that come to mind: classic, colour, comfortable, subtle detailing, and vintage-inspired.  As I mentioned during Boys' Week, I love designing for my boy,  so it became clear to me that I needed to create this complete outfit for him: peacoat, cap, shirt, sport coat, trousers, tie, scarf, and suspenders.  I adore a tailored look when designing for boys, and these garments reflect that quality.


Some of the detailing and finishings in these garments include a functional zip fly with adjustable waistband in the trousers, contrast gingham fabric in the shirt cuffs, collar, and button plackets, back vents in both fully lined coats, and flat felt seams throughout.  The peacoat features functional welt pockets, while the sport coat has two flap pockets.  One of my favourite less noticeable details is the elephant on the inside of the peacoat.  I made the stencil and then painted it onto the orange linen fabric.  There are many more details, info, and photos on my blog, so please stop by!



This journey has been so amazing and can't tell you how much I've treasured having the opportunity to share my designs with all of you!  Thank you all so very much for supporting this awesome competition and each and every designer who has been a part of it. 


26 comments :

  1. I am so excited to see so many boys in the finale! I think boys' sewing is really starting to come into its own.

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  2. WOW - just WOW!!! I am so impressed... I don't want to have to choose. I may be staring at these entries for a while before I can make a final decision! Congrats to all of the finalists!

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  3. You all deserve accolades for your 6 weeks of non-stop sewing and designing. Well done to all three of you, excellent work!

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  4. Thank you for the opportunity liZ and Elizabeth! GREAT job to Hayley and Heidi. I have felt out of my league sewing with you. It's been an honor!

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  5. Seriously, I have to choose between these? They're all wonderful and so different to the point of not being comparable.

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  6. Everyone did a great job!! I love something about each of the designers, so it was really hard to choose.

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  7. Great job ladies! I don't think I could say I have a signature look. I'm too ADD afflicted.

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  8. i totally agree with janell...all great....all so different that it's hard to pick a clear winner. you each have outdone yourself! good job!

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  9. I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity and I have had an absolute blast! I am exhausted, tired, and ready for a nap, haha.

    Delia and Heidi, great job this week!!!

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  10. amazing job all three of you! i cannot believe you have done this for 6 weeks. two weeks seemed crazy enough for me:) so hard to choose just one!

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  11. Yes, congratulations to all of you! really amazing work.

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  12. You ladies have all been amazing and so inspiring to watch! Great job to all of you and thank you for all of your hard work and time! Big hugs!

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  13. Thanks everyone! It's been a pleasure designing with all the ladies this season!

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  14. Congrats to all and good luck to all! I can not imagine how much time it took to get all of this done ~ amazing!

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  15. I can't pick!!!! Maybe I'll just not vote this time so that I'm rooting for all of you? :)

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  16. OH my goodness, how can I choose between the three? These outfits are INCREDIBLE, you guys!

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  17. You are all awesome!!! I am so impressed with the work you have done! I have to vote for Delia... I'm a little prejudiced... but I love those beautiful models! You will all go far as mothers and seamstresses! It's almost a lost art. Keep up the good work! AR

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  18. I'm going to have to vote for Hayley (Mouse House!) because I can picture my little lady in that outfit so easily!

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  19. Wow! You all did an amazing job! I'm so impressed by the continual creativity. So inspiring!

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