Yay! I’m still here! (thanks everyone for your votes!) and this week’s theme is “Valentine Inspired looks” I decided to (mostly) stay away from red and hearts, and focus on a less literal Valentine’s look, so I present,
Bows, Ruffles, and Rose (ummmm, “roses”…..didn’t sound right!)
I wanted Emmie to be able to get lots of use out of whatever I made her, (beyond Valentine’s that is,) so when I found a lovely remnant of a rose patterned corduroy in Emmie’s favorite color blue, I knew it would be the perfect inspiration! I could only get 1.5 yards of the rose corduroy, so I had to be very careful with how I eeked it out. I decided to make 3 pieces for my outfit, since a blazer, a shirt, and a pair of jeans would be the most versatile.
For the blazer I began with Burda 9498, for the collar and upper sleeve shape, but I altered the sleeves to 3/4 length, added a slit and buttons to the bottom of the sleeves, and then ruffles to the lower back.
The two tiers of ruffles drop down a little bit, giving a sort of bustled back, that I topped with a bow. (you can see the sleeve buttons here.)
I reshaped the front of the blazer to a curve, and added bows instead of pockets to the front. I hand tacked all of the edges of the collar and hem, to make them lie flat and be more couture.
The inside of the blazer is fully lined in a cotton stripe,
with a secret welted pocket that I dressed up with bright pink sequins that only Emmie will see, she loves little touches like that!
The shirt is made from a white cotton knit, with a soft dotted lace over layer, I decided to use white, as a visual resting point amongst all the pattern and color.
I used a raglan sleeve, with a fitted dropped waist for the top of the blouse, and added a gathered dotted lace skirt/peplum over the A-line knit underskirt/peplum. I finished the hem of the lace overlay, and the sleeves with dotted lace ruffles.
The neckline is the most special thing about this top, I added 16 button holes to the neckline, and then used a white knit cord to chain through the holes, creating a pleated front (I have a tutorial for this technique all ready to go, hint, hint, voters!) I personally love quiet details like this much more than trim or anything super contrasting, (fabric manipulation is my adrenaline rush…. not sure what that says about me.)
The rest of the neckline is elasticized to be comfy; I am hoping that this white top will be a good basic for spring and summer use.
For the Jeans, I used a glorious pale blue gray, stretch denim, that I found in the fashion fabric market in Seoul, it has a stunning rose print, that I immediately fell in love with, and knew it would look good with the jacket, (as the scales of the prints wouldn’t compete with each other, but would compliment each other instead.) I made them just like real jeans, with the back placket, belt loops, top stitching, pockets, and a functional fly. on the front pockets I added a line of hotfix swarovski crystals,
and on the back pockets I added my most literal Valentine’s detail, crystal hearts (this is Emmie’s FAVORITE part)
The top stitching is all done in the same pale blue gray as the background fabric color. I really love how on trend these are (since printed jeans are all the rage) but still not so trendy she will tire of them quickly.
I decided that a lot of the specifically “Valentine” look, was going to come from the styling of the photo shoot,
I thought nothing would be better than a Valentine’s picnic, with sweet treats, and Emmie’s greatest loves: her stuffed Puppies (Sugar and Toby go to bed with Emmie EVERY night, and heaven forbid one goes missing.)
I used spare blazer lining fabric, to make a basket liner for Emmie’s bike basket.
She was pretty excited to eat my props.
For her hair I did a crown braid, that I pulled to be a little looser and loopy, then I wove ribbon around it.
Poor Miss Emmie gave me a terrible time this week with the photo shoot (I only did it Thursday afternoon Korea time, which was nerve wrackingly last minute,) because last Friday the poor thing tripped on her brother’s coat (Um, exactly why is was on the floor will not be discussed) and whacked face first into the coffee table. Her cheek was so swollen, she had to push her cheek down to see out her eye properly at school on Monday. and the whole eye turned black.
The swelling finally went down, but he whole cheek was a sick yellow, and the eye still quite black, so the sweet child is madeup within an inch of her life to try to hide all the bruising, and you can still sort of see the yellow cheek, and black eye (although it sort of blends in with her asthma shiners.)
The roses and baby’s breath in her hair are real roses, with their stems cut short, and then wrapped in wet paper towels, and plastic-wrap.