Would someone please take my Mom and Grandma out of the room for the remainder of this post? Cause we’re about to get silly! And while we’re waiting for them to get clear, go over to Project Run and Play and vote for our Bubble Inspired Look as there is only one day remaining to vote.
So while you were over at Project Run and Play, you probably noticed how embarrassingly far behind we are in the vote. This is probably entirely due to the fact that we do not have any Facebook presence whatsoever. But we’ve decided to Shake It Off. Yep, just like Taylor Swift in her crazy video.
Our friend Karly, from Paisley Roots, is inviting people to create clothing based on/inspired by Taylor Swift’s outfits in her Shake It Off video. So I started by watching the video (which my kids think is hilarious, but not suitable for my Mom or Grandma!!!) Now if you watch this video for it’s fine, musical content or deep, philosophical meaning, you will be disappointed, disturbed, and possibly even dismembered! But if you watch it for fashion, it’s totally entertaining! And I did a little analysis. As near as I could count, Taylor Swift wears 10 different outfits. (My kids want to know, does that mean she sang the song 10 times, or did they stop so she could change?)
The first item of clothing in the video is a cropped raglan tee with a cat face on it. Already in love with the Hey June Lane Raglan pattern, this was a no brainer.
I didn’t need mine cropped, but did leave off the bottom band and lengthened it about 2 inches. The gold, stretchy, crushed velvet was in my stash because #stylomademedoit If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you haven’t seen the most recent edition of Stylo Magazine in all it’s golden glory. Seriously inspiring.
But back to the cat raglan. I used 2 kinds of gold puff paint to make the cat face on the front. I wish I had made it just a little smaller, but hey, I’m gonna Shake It Off!
If you’re still with me (and if you’re not, I’m gonna Shake It Off!) you’re probably wondering why I keep talking about making this outfit for me and Allegra is wearing the clothing in the photos. Well, she saw the cat shirt, put it on, and when I needed it for the photo shoot, she was like:
I think I’m gonna go steal back the Lane Raglan I made for her!
Also I noticed four times in the video Taylor Swift is wearing a bomber jacket. Here’s a little bomber jacket graphic:
So, huge thanks to Karly, because I needed a push to make the Shwin Designs McCartney Jacket pattern I bought on Black Friday. I even had fabric (also purchased on Black Friday) planned for the jacket.
The floral fabric is a stretch denim from Fabric.com. The pleather sleeves, collar and welt pocket detail, and the sweatshirt lining are from Girl Charlee. The ribbed cuffs and waistband are a kit I purchased from Fashion Fabrics Club after many hours hunting for just the right rib knit fabric!
I made a few adjustment to the pattern to accomodate for my 6 feet of height; I added length to the sleeves and body. I also had to make the cuffs quite a bit smaller, but that may have been due to my rib knit, not the pattern.
Let me just say this is the finest thing I have ever made for myself. As probably only Karly (a fellow 6 foot tall woman) and my sisters (height is genetic!) can understand, THE SLEEVES ARE LONG ENOUGH!!!! The rest of you will have to excuse me for yelling, but this is the first time in my adult life that a women’s jacket fits me! Always before it’s been the rough choice between a man’s jacket or the continual sleeve tug-of-war!
If/when I need to make myself another bomber jacket, I know which pattern I’ll be turning to. And the only further change I’ll be making is to add a few inches to the width across the shoulders…cause us tall girls have wide shoulders. That’s so we can carry a huge amount of stuff on them. But when it all gets too much we can always Shake It Off!!!
The skirt you see Allegra wearing in these photos is her Jocole Yoga A-line skirt. (There is a giveaway for Jocole patterns and Urban Sew fabric here and an Inlinkz link party which no one has linked to yet, but we’re just going to Shake It Off!!)
Sew My Stash 2015 reality check: I had to buy a creamy white knit to match to gold crushed velvet and the gold puff paints too. But since I bought everything else last year before I started the Sew My Stash 2015 challenge, I’m going to say it was already in my stash! (If you don’t agree, I’m gonna Shake It Off!!!) 75% exceeding the goal of 50% Yes!!!!
Come back tomorrow! We promise we will be back to our normal, sedate, caring selves! But until then…sh-sh-sh-shake it off!