Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Signature Look

Yes, I know I said I was done participating in Project Run and Play's sewalong at home to focus on what needed to be sewn.  However, the outfit I finished this morning for BK embodies what I would call my "signature look" so I'm going to go ahead and put some pictures in the flickr pool. 

It's no secret that my family likes the beach and spending time outdoors.   My signature look falls right in line with our lifestyle.  Casual, comfortable clothing that stands up to a hard day of playing and getting dirty.  For the younger girls, I like to add a little bit of whimsy to their outfits.  Whether it's an applique or embroidery or maybe even a fun print!


Sunshiny Days Outfit

 
Jeans:  Ottobre Design 01/12 #18 Pipe Leg Cargo Pants
Tops:  Oliver + S Hopscotch Top
and
Oliver + S Class Picnic Blouse

The jeans are made out of left over stretch denim from K's Slim Hip jeans.  I made a size 110 but did slightly smaller seam allowances than the 1 cm I had added to the pattern as I was worried the pants would be too small on BK.  I also put buttonhole elastic through the back so that MG could wear the pants. 


I had fun adding detail!  First, on the outseam I did 2 rows of contrast topstitching in yellow and orange.  The buttons I used on the cargo pockets and waistband were given to me by a friend (Thanks, Claire!) and have holes all around the outside that you can add embroidery floss to.  Lastly, I used a free embroidery pattern from Wild Olive to add a little cheer to the back pockets.



The first top is the Oliver + S Hopscotch  sewn up in City Weekend Interlock.  It's a great basic top with a little interest in the neckline and gathers. 



This is an easy top to sew...from cutting it out to the last stitch=1 hour and 15 minutes!  I did a faux coverstitch on the hems for detail...



and because I was too lazy to switch over to my other machine that's permanently set up with a twin needle.:)

The Hopscotch top is perfect for layering under another Oliver + S shirt:

The Class Picnic Blouse


This top is made from a quilting cotton, Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet Meadow Dot Citrus.  I sewed the side and sleeve seam allowances at 1 cm instead of 1/2" to ensure that the top was loose enough to have a layer underneath.



"Are we done yet, Mom?  I want to run around and play!"












rolling down a hill


The dirty knees of the jeans attest to the fact that this outfit has seen a lot of playing time!


21 comments:

  1. The out fit is adorable. I love the yellows! The pants are so, so cute! Just curious - how long does it take to make a pair of pants with all the detailing (minus the hand embroidery though?)

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    1. Thanks! It took me about 5 hours total to make the jeans.

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  2. Whole outfit looks fantastic! The detail stitching on the pants really pulls it all together. What kind of thread did you use for the topstitching and flower? And how did you get all those pants photos in the yellow box?
    Really like the colour fabrics you chose.
    Last photo is adorable.

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    1. Why Thank you! I used regular thread for the topstitching, nothing fancy there.:) For the flower, I used 4 strands of embroidery floss for the orange circle and 2 strands of yellow for the petals. The face was done with 2, I believe. And Picasa 3 is what I used for the collage...it's a free download.

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  3. Love the outfit! Those pants, though, are the icing!

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  4. You did a fabulous job on the entire outfit but the pants are incredible. So well done. Never would have guessed they were home made.

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  5. A totally practical and comfortable outfit that also looks great! LOVE the embroidery on the back pocket...

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  6. So darn cute!! I have to learn to embroider...

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  7. Love that blouse! The colors are so cute!
    Ah, love the entire outfit including the little girl wearing it!!! ♥

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  8. Wow! Love the decorative stitching on the jeans (which fit perfect btw) and the fun colors and fit of the shirts. I need a shirt like the first one!!

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  9. What a gorgeous outfit. The jeans are just so cute and I love the details on them. So professional.

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  10. I LOVE the photos,I love to see lots of photos!

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! I like to see lots of photos too of what people have created.:)

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  11. Adorable outfit! I love the layers and the happy colors/patttern/embroidery, they all complement each other so well. You must do a post on speed sewing or time management, because you must be a genius at one or the other (or both?) to get so much done!

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    1. Thank you, Uta! It was one of those sewing projects where one thing led to another. The jeans were first, then I stumbled across the embroidery and decided to add it to the pockets. Then while poking around my fabrics (for another project) the Meadowsweet jumped out as being perfect for a top.

      As for time management/speed sewing....Ha! We won't talk about the state of my house right now.:) I've spent most of the day playing catch up with the mountain of laundry that accumulated this week. The jeans (the most time consuming) were put together while I was at my parents' house on Tuesday. We head over there most Tuesdays and my mom keeps the kids occupied/content so I have several uninterrupted hours of sewing time (and use of her sewing machines/serger) if I want it.

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  12. I really enjoyed your article Cindy-I will have to think about my style. I know when I try to make a copy of something that I think I should like better,it rarely gets worn.
    Food for thought and again,I love all the photos!

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  13. Well, I like your signature look! I could see it in a magazine (:
    The outfit is adorable - I really need to sew with more orange and yellow because they're so cheerful. The details on the pants are great - wonderful buttons and stitching. Hmmm...I don't have that Otto issue since I don't have subscription anymore. I think I need to get this one and the new women's one!

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  14. Really love this outfit. I found you at Pam's Threading Your Way.
    I just linked up my embroidery effort too. Check it out if you like: http://whatsherrymadetoday.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/little-embroidery.html
    I'm really loving those two tops paired together. I tend to make the bottoms and buy the tops. I might have to check out the patterns you used because I really love them :-)

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! I'm quite fond of the Oliver + S patterns...I've never been disappointed in the fit or style of them.:)

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  15. The embroidery just finishes the pants off perfectly!!! Love the little sun face!!!

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