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This week at Project Run & Play we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day early (Yay!!!) My initial concept was a dress, jacket and beret, and that’s what I actually made at first. But then there were fitting issues with the dress. When it was all said and done, my girls weren’t feeling it and neither was I. So, we kept the hat and jacket and scratched the dress. But, all was not lost. I learned a great lesson in fit and proportion this week: Everything that looks good on paper doesn’t always translate well in the real world (sigh).
This jacket was great fun to create. I purchased a few yards of woven silk at an estate sale some years ago. Every time I reached into my stash to make something, the silk was staring back at me with the look of, “Oh, when will it be our turn to shine?” Soon beautiful one. I’d say. Soon. (smile) The fabric is very soft to the touch with an excellent drape. I lined the inside front panels with a yellow silk (same estate sale!) and the sleeves with brown (super slippery) lining fabric. I love the shawl (roll) collar on this jacket because she can wear it flat or pull it up around her neck for a dramatic effect. Oddly enough, this style collar made my daughter’s shoulders disappear. It was all collar . . and then arms. No shoulders. Interesting, huh? I went back in and added light padding in the shoulder area for shaping. My favorite part of the jacket is the “bubble” peplum added to balance the jacket’s shape.
For the shirt I wanted a simple bodice that would lay neatly under the jacket, but I wanted it to have character. I cut out about 75 flower petals and appliqued each individual petal to the front of the shirt. Do you know how long it takes to applique 75 flower petals to a shirt? Why didn’t anyone tell me? (LOL). And, finally, the pants. I didn’t want to stray too far away from the simple lines of the silhouette, so I started with a simple straight-legged pant but added a high waist and a tiny pocket on the front left hip. The attached belt wraps around the waist and attaches to the right side with a single button. This week was a challenging one for sure, but oh so much fun! (Oops, almost forgot. The beret is another super quick pattern that I’m working on that I hope to have for you all a little later).
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