I am so excited to still be contending in Project Run and Play for the final look, since it is my favorite look so far! If I were to sum up my aesthetic, it would primarily be “Practical Bohemian.” Practical because it must move with the child, fit through a little growth, be washable, and modest (one of the main reasons I sew for my daughter is to fill the gap in appropriate clothing for my daughter’s age.) And Bohemian is an aesthetic I consider to mainly be eclectic and fabric centric (I love me some yummy fabric, and I generally begin every outfit by letting the fabric speak to me.) And I associate Bohemian with quality and detail. If you want to learn more, you can visit somewhere like these boho clothing stores to see what I mean. (I always challenge myself to achieve difficult techniques in my work, and will not settle for an imperfect finished product.) But mostly the Bohemian comes from Emmie, she is an artist at heart, and loves anything unique.
I added a blue piping to all the seams that had changing velvets touching each other, and then whip stitched in red pearl cotton around the piping to make the coat have a one off handmade feel, that I think ties in with the bohemian aesthetic. Behind the piping on the side of the coat, above and below the zip, there is raspberry and gold brocade ribbon, as an extra subtle touch, that is all about the details.
The sleeve cuff has the same whip stitched piping and red top stitching as the rest of the coat.
There are 4 toggles down the front, made with brown, heart shaped, suede bases, attached by hand with red pearl cotton.
The whole jacket is lined in cream micro-fleece, so it is lovey and warm (not to mention washable with the fleece and cotton)
|I thought this picture was funny, (she’s stretching her cheek muscles out from smiling too much) It’s not all glamour in the modeling world!|
When the hood’s up, you can really see all the different fabrics on display.
The weight of the coat is perfect for our transition into spring, since it’s only slightly heavier than a fleece jacket, but enough to keep the chill out.
The jeans have a functional fly, jeans rivets, 4 pockets, belt loops, and jeans thread. To make them special (because let’s face it, if I make them “just” blue jeans, it’s a heck of a lot easier to just buy a pair, and those are a dime a dozen!) I added floral machine embroidery down either side of the legs, and on the back pockets. I used thread colors that matched both the coat and shirt fabric, but decided to sadden the thread a bit by painting thin brown dye over the 10 motifs to grunge them up a bit. (It took over 5 hours just to machine embroider the jeans) Sorry, I can never figure out an appropriate way to take pictures of her booty or crotch area to show the fly properly…..so pretty much you get a side view!
The little details of this shirt are my favorite part of the look; the neckline has a woven trellis design that is open to the skin underneath (the neck is high to maintain coverage.) The woven design comes from bias cut tubes, sewn over each other to create the design, and then I bound all the loose ends into binding at the neck. (I have a tutorial for this ready to go up as soon as the competition is over) There are 3 hand appliqued yo yo’s on the bodice right hand side (they are hard to see in the pictures, but add texture and detail in real life)
The back is closed with bias button loops, and 24K gold plated, black enameled buttons. They are evenly spaced down the back of the solid fabric, with one extra loop and button at the top of the open section.
To finish the look, I made a headband from 2 large yo yo’s, and 2 small yo yo’s, some felt, and a length of elastic.
There were cat headed manikins, that apparently have very interesting reading material if Emmie’s face is anything to go off of….(well, I am sure it would be if she read Hangul.)
An Italian section that had the Mouth of Truth, (when we actually were in Italy, we were pick pocketed $100 when we went to the mouth of truth, and I have still not forgiven him.)
And the polar bear photo op in front of a big fountain. (it even says photo on it in English)
The biggest attraction anyplace we go in Korea is Miss Emmie, with long blonde hair, and pale blue eyes, she gets talked to A LOT in Korean, and regularly petted or stroked (which she is NOT overly fond of)