Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Buffalo Gals or Guys Challenge--Time to Vote

Welcome to week 2 of Season 14! This week, the remaining 5 designers were given the theme "Buffalo Gals or Guys!" and they really did a great job! Check out all the designers' creations, then cast your vote below.

Sew Haute Blog- Persnickety Plaid 


Hey! I'm so grateful to be back this week and show you what I made for the week two plaid challenge. This week we were able to to use buffalo plaid or buffalo check patterns. Although, my post is titled Persnickety Plaid I actually used a buffalo check pattern. I've never been one to gravitate towards plaid, but once I found my inspiration I knew that I could make an adorable and trendy little plaid ensemble. My inspiration was this super cute skirt and my friend Robin's gorgeous combo of this sweet cream and plaid paired together. I found my check fabric from Fabric.com via Amazon and let the fabric at Joann's speak to me.


I put together a lace top using the Laurel from Petite Stitchery and the skirt is a combination of the CKC Antoinette SkirtBoo Designs Twirly Skirt and my own additions. The collar is actually removable and was modified from the Simple Simon and Co tutorial. I had to leave a little of the scallop edge on my sleeves. Isn't this lace to die for? I also used the same trim for the skirt and tying her dollar closed. 


 If you want more details and photos head over to my blog post, but don't forget to vote for your favorite look! Thank you sew much and I hope to be back next week!


Bonnie and Blithe- Plaid and Proper

  I'm so excited to be back this week! Thank you all so much for having me stick around; this week's look was really fun to create. When I heard "buffalo plaid" as the theme, the first thing that came to mind was the traditional red/black plaid and a vision of lumberjacks. So I decided to go in the complete opposite direction of that mental image, just for fun! I'm a HUGE fan of black and white, and while I'm not sure how "buffalo" this plaid is, it sure makes my heart sing! I began with the idea of a detachable circle cape for my 6 year old, to be worn on top of this sheath dress with laser cut sleeves and hem (based on my Infinite A-line bodice pattern). But my girls are also obsessed with trains and so we shot some looks with the cape tied around her waist and dragging on the ground. She was in heaven! It also made for a pretty good little picnic blanket which we laid on the grass and had them sit on. 


My 8-year-old's outfit was a fun recycled mashup: I made an Emmaline Dress from VFT years and years ago out of this floral polyester and then my big girls grew out of it. So I recycled the front of this bodice and added a full back and bell sleeves. I really loved the pattern mixing of this floral and the plaid so I added a midi-length skirt with center box pleats on the front and back. The red ribbon and vintage brooch (it was my grandma's) are my favorite touch! Lastly, while lying in bed one night thinking about the accessories for this shoot I realized I really wanted someone to wear a fascinator. So I put this simple one together and love it. In fact, I think I'll be stealing it from her in the future :) Head to my blog for more nitty gritty details and picture overload! 


Handmade Martini- Petals & Plaid 

I'm so excited to be back again this week showing you Eliza's petals & plaid look! I spent a long time deciding what fabrics to combine for this challenge! In the end I landed on black and white buffalo plaid with coral accents, including Cotton+Steel Rifle Paper Company Les Fleurs. I love them together!

The top is the Shandiin Tunic by LouBee Clothing, modified with elastic waist and side bow ties and made with cotton voile and the Rifle Paper Co. quilting cotton. The jeans are Juniper Jeggings by Peek-a-Boo Patterns, modified with an added waist band and embroidery, and made with mid-weight denim. The ballet wrap top is self drafted and made with a loose-weave slub rayon-blend knit that my machine hated. All are made with fabric from Let's Sew in Evansville. (My sister made the bow - it was already in our collection!) There are more photos on my blog, so come on over to Handmade Martini!


The College Seamstress- Little Lumberjack

Thank you so much for having me back for week two! I love plaid and it is the perfect choice for the fall season in Minnesota. My little brother has been asking me to sew for him, and how could I resist? I knew I wanted to use the classic red and black plaid and I found a perfect piece in my stash. It is a beautiful thick piece of wool. The jacket was the first piece I sewed for my brother's outfit. I started with the Reversible Zippy Hoodie from Kitschy Coo. I changed it to a half zip and lined the entire jacket in fleece. I also quilted all the plaid squares with "Xs". Since my journey in sewing started with quilting, I thought it would be fun to add it to the jacket! The pocket is also lined with fleece so it is soft against my brother's hands.  

Next, I made the pants by tracing an existing pair of my brother's jeans. The fabric is black corduroy from my stash and I added knee patches from the same wool plaid as the jacket. My favorite part of the pants are the back pockets. I hand sewed the letter "D" onto each pocket for my brother's name to add a little personal touch! Last but not least, I made the shirt to complete the outfit. I started with the School Bus T-Shirt from Oliver + S. I only had scrap pieces of knit plaid, but it was enough to color block! I also cut the neckband on the bias to add some interest.

For more fun pictures and details about my plaid look, head over to my blog here!


Mami de Sofiona- Buffalo Plaid in the Snow

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 So, here we meet again! Thanks to some really lovely people voting I have reached the week I dreaded the most. And it's crazy, because turns out I am SO IN LOVE with this look!! This one was a very big deal for me. Before I give you the condensed version, here's the link to go check out my blog for more pics and details. Out of the 5 pieces I made I only used one pattern and the rest I designed/drafted myself. The pattern used? Both pairs of pants this week started with the Jalie Eleonore Pant pattern. A popular pattern this season! This first main look I did a moto pant with zippers and using an awesome leather that I had on hand.  There's a bit of pleating in there too for variety.  I cut the front of the leg both vertically and diagonally to create the cool moto effect and then made sure to add some of that leather to the back of the pants. Next, I added a raglan shirt. That was supposed to be a super simple black T, but things get away with me. All of a sudden I realized I still had a piece of buffalo plaid knit that would work. And then I decided to try my hand at heat transfer. The fact that this girl chose a moose over the maple leaf I suggested is pretty funny since she is SCARED of moose! Facing her fears, I guess. You might notice the bottom cuff section of the shirt is quite high up the arm. I decided that since the jacket is shorter sleeves that the doubled fabric of the cuff can help keep those forearms warm. And that jacket!!! OH MY GOODNESS!! I can't believe I actually made that all by myself! You really need to go check the blog for a proper chat about it. Check out the cute closures! The hat I crocheted as well. We need something to keep our ears warm! 

jacket collage 

This second look wasn't really in the plan, but then none of these weeks had 2 looks in the plan! I just can't stop myself sometimes. The pants. The detail on these is really hard to see and that's disappointing because it really does look cool in person. I did a tone on tone criss cross pattern mimicking the squares of buffalo plaid. It goes from the hem up till mid thigh on an angle. It's also on the back pockets. I used an "upside down chainstitch" method so that the chain shows up on the right side giving a bit of texture. The sweater was another attempt to make something on my own. The cowl was an idea from one of my own Burda sweaters. The sleeves were a play on the longer cuffs of the raglan from the first look and the layered idea was just something that happened as I was cutting. You may be catching on by now that I really love leather touches in my sewing and this week was more of it. On this sweater I used a leather mesh that provided a textured look to the black sections of this sweater. To top it off I made a headband with some of the warm fuzzy lining of the coat. Again, I seem to have pleased both my girls! And again, I hope you like it!! 

White plaid collage 


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  1. It's so hard to choose which one is the best! I like all of them~


  2. These were all outstanding creations... I'm now getting the itch to sew some Buffalo plaid for myself!!!!!

  3. And suddenly, I want to sew everything buffalo plaid! Amazing job ladies!!!


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