April 17, 2014

Signature Style

It's the final week of Project Run and Play. I started this blog so I could play along with PRP. And now it's Signature Style Week. In all the seasons I've been reading along, I've been thinking about this question. So I started this season with a list to define my signature:
  • It has clean lines and few embellishments. It's the subtle details that make it special. And hopefully it's impeccably finished.
  • It is easy to wear for everyday life. It’s not special occasion, it’s not for one-time use. 
  • It’s not twee. It may be youthful, but it's not sentimentally cute.
  • It’s feminine, but not girly. There’s not a ruffle, nor any pink, in sight. Perfect for The Peanut’s personality and you can tell because she lights up when she wears it. And that’s my ultimate goal.
Signature Style for Project Run and Play, Season 9 | The Inspired Wren



Project Run & Play Week #4, Signature Style Week!

I focused on clean, feminine, easy to wear. Less is more. And that meant being smart enough to edit out the blue coat, and allowing the other pieces to shine.

The top is a heavily modified Family Reunion Blouse by Oliver + S -- one of my favorite patterns. I removed the sleeves and trimmed about a .5-.75" in from the outer edge at the shoulder seam. I removed the collar and the placket from the original pattern, in favor of exposed, contrast bias binding. I also inverted the pin-tucks, added one more in the center front and topped it with a tailored bow. Finally I sewed a size 4 but added 1" to the original hem line of View B (the blouse).

Signature Style for Project Run and Play, Season 9 | The Inspired Wren
The blouse is a modified Oliver + S Family Reunion Blouse.
Signature Style for Project Run and Play, Season 9 | The Inspired Wren
Fabric detail.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play, Season 9 | The Inspired Wren
Bringing the shoulder tops in kept them from hanging out too far.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play, Season 9 | The Inspired Wren
Hopefully that bow adds a delicate touch of youth without too much twee.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play, Season 9 | The Inspired Wren
I love the buttons down the back of this pattern.

The jeans are another favorite Oliver + S of mine, the After-School Pants. This time I sewed them up in black denim with green contrast top-stitching. I cropped them at the point where the second/lower side panel would attach. These are a size 5 and there's plenty of room to grow, so for now she'll wear them cuffed.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play, Season 9 | The Inspired Wren
Here you can see that back pocket and side panel top-stitching.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play, Season 9 | The Inspired Wren
They look good cuffed for now. They should look good un-cuffed as she grows.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play, Season 9 | The Inspired Wren
Did I mention there's lots of top-stitching?

Signature Style for Project Run and Play, Season 9 | The Inspired Wren
There's that fabulous pocket again. Because I love it.

I love the way she moves and grooves easily in these pieces. We took them to the library and outside (on a cool day) and they held up well to our daily life, these will both get lots of use. And she lit up wearing them. My work here is done.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play, Season 9 | The Inspired Wren
It was a nice day for reading and for exploring.


Signature Style for Project Run and Play, Season 9 | The Inspired Wren
I love where that cuff hits just above her ankle, very pedal-pusher perfect.

Signature Style for Project Run and Play, Season 9 | The Inspired Wren
Love how that top swings just like her ponytail.

Project Run & Play Sew Along: Season 9
Click here to see all the great sew along entries!

Pattern

Blouse: Family Reunion Dress View B by Oliver + S, size 4 with heavy modifications
Jeans: After-School Pants by Oliver + S, size 5, cropped 

Fabric

Blouse: Green Tea & Iced Mocha from Henry Glass Fabrics by Designer Buggy Barn, Blue Zig Zag Stripe (from a local quilt shop); random chartreuse green Linen with no label on bolt found at Wal-Mart
Jeans: Black Denim with stretch (also from Wal-Mart, but this time I know there was a label I just failed to take my customary phone pic of it)

Love

The swing of the top and the delicate tailored bow plus all that top-stitching and those pocket linings on the jeans.

Note

This blouse was percolating in my head as a neutral for under the edited coat. I'm thrilled that it came out as planned; I wanted a neutral that would still work on its own, and clearly it does. 


On Tuesday I'll show you how well each of the pieces I created throughout Season 9 of Project Run and Play can mix and match with each other. In the meantime be sure to check out all the amazing work being shared in this week's Inspire Us Thursday link party! 





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From my model preferring to wear washi tape on her belly button instead of the clothes I've sewn for her, to the ingenious way that I’ve re-purposed my favorite sewing tool, a chopstick, into a spool pin for double needle sewing on my machine. Daily updates on Instagram (and Flickr) of works-in-progress will give you that behind the scenes view you’re looking for, and sneak peeks of First Tuesday Tutorials, too.
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14 comments:

  1. I like that you used green thread for your topstitching on the pants. Cute outfit.
    Deborah @ Sew Much To Give

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  2. This is a fabulous outfit. Exactly the opposite of my style but I still love it. You are a fine seamstress and have a great eye for details.

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    1. I noticed we had different styles. I love your style. It's darling on your girls. Do you have plans to finish your signature look -- I'm still curious to see it.

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  3. Thanks Ren for adding this post link to my Weekend Link Party. I'd love it if you grabbed my Weekend Link Party Button to let others know about my link party too. Pretty please with sugar on top? Lol!!!

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    1. Done. I'm sorry, that was an oversight on my part. You'll find it on my Groups & Parties page.

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  4. I like your style. I like everyday wear sewing over all fancy and ruffled clothes. How can my daughter climb and jump and run with all those dresses we love but aren't just pratical?! You did a great job.

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  5. I love that top! And the green looks so cool on the jeans!

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    1. Thanks! I love the green on the jeans, too.

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  6. If I was organised enough to have an inspiration board I'd cut and paste your style summary onto it. That's exactly how I like to sew. This is a perfect outfit. I adore the changes you made to the Family Reunion dress which can tend towards the overly sweet (I've been there myself with that pattern) and those jeans are brilliant. An outfit that I'd wear myself and love to see my kid wear. Well done!

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    1. Thanks! It really helped to list out my goals/style before I started. I don't have a board but I keep a notebook nearby for notes. And I like to make outfits that I would also wear with a touch of something to make it youthful (I don't think I'd like the bow on me).

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  7. I love buttons down the back too! Also, congrats because you are the most viewed link from last week's Do Tell Tuesday link party and have been pinned to our features board! Feel free to grab a button and link up this week too. :) http://www.vintagezest.com/2014/04/do-tell-tuesday-21-with-features.html

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    1. WOOHOO!!! Thanks for letting me know! Grabbed a button and linked up again (natch).

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