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A Mix {Signature Style}

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final challenge of Project Run & Play is “Signature Style.”  So what is my signature sewing style?

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sewing is my creative outlet, and also an educational enterprise.  I’m always challenging myself to try new things as well as improve old techniques.  A mix of old and new, a mix of black and white, a mix of me and others.

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

To begin with Annie’s look.  It’s pretty well established that I love sewing for this girl.  Tomorrow I will have a complete review on the dress pattern, the Eleena Dress, a new pattern from Coffee + Thread.  (And you’ll be able to enter to win 2 patterns and some fabric!)

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this very special occasion, I designed my own fabric and had it printed by My Fabric Designs.  How much more signature can it get than sewing a garment with fabric I’ve designed?  I am collaborating with Albert Koetsier to bring some of his stunning floral radiographs to the fabric world.  I promise a full review on the fabric tomorrow as well.

In summary:

Dress Pattern:  Eleena Dress by Coffee & Thread

Fabric: Floral Radiograph Border Print designed by ME!

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

My very first boy sewing was for David.  After that first rush of adrenaline at the success of sewing something for a boy, I never looked back.  This boy is full of life and never backs down for anything!

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used real leather for the elbow patches, toggle, hood binding and shoulder accents.  Right now he has to roll the sleeves up, but hopefully that will mean it will last until next year.  I lined the jacket with quilt batting to keep it extra warm.

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

The lining is very soft, leftover from Allegra’s orchestra dress.  Of course he had to have a newsboy cap, like his big brother.

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

In Summary:

Coat Pattern: Downtown Duffle Coat by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Coat Fabric: Wool Plaid from Hancock Fabrics, no longer available online (but huge savings on selected products right now at HancockFabrics.com.)

Hat Pattern:  Free Newsboy Cap from Waffle Patterns modified to fit smaller head

Hat Fabric:  Sew Classic Bottomweight Classic Twill Solid Fabric – Black from JoAnn’s

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

Baby, oh baby!  This big eyed beauty is a blessing to us all.  He’s just as sweet as he looks.  His jacket started out as a sweater.  I scaled down and modified the Downtown Duffle Jacket, and lined it with black twill bottom weight to try and fortify the sweater fabric a bit.  Inside the hood is a fleece remnant from Annie’s quilt.

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

Instead of putting quilt batting inside his jacket, I decided to make a removable, reversible vest.  Using suede lined sherpa.  And snaps.  Remember what I said about challenging myself to try new things?  Whew!  It snaps in and out of the jacket with a second set of snaps inside the jacket.

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

And HE had to have a newsboy cap to match his big brothers too, of course!  Want to make your own vest like this?  Tutorial coming soon.

Coat Pattern: Downtown Duffle Coat by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Coat Fabric (outer):  Upcycled Sweater with large cables

Coat Fabric (inner): Sew Classic Bottomweight Classic Twill Solid Fabric – Black from JoAnn’s

Vest Fabric:  Luxury Faux Fur-Sherpa Suede Gray from JoAnn’s

Hat Pattern:  Free Newsboy Cap from Waffle Patterns modified to fit small head

Hat Fabric: Wool plaid remnant from the stash

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

So there you have it!  A mix.  I tried to keep it cohesive by limiting my color palate to black and white with a smidgen of red here and there.  It’s classic, it’s challenging, it’s new and old, it’s me.

If you haven’t already, be sure to go over to Project Run & Play to see all the Signature Style entries in the link up.  And don’t miss the contestant Signature Style creations either.

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18 thoughts on “A Mix {Signature Style}

  1. I loved the fabric you designed. That finished dress is gorgeous.
    Deborah @Sew Much To Give

    1. Thank you Deborah!

  2. The border print works so well on that dress – its just beautiful.

    1. Tenille, pinch me…I designed that fabric!

  3. I’m sooo impressed with that material you designed – but not at all surprised by my daughter’s talent. 😉
    The boys are adorable in their hats!! And the coats look warm since winter weather has decided to make a comeback!

    1. Spoken like a mother…

  4. You designed that??!! Awesome!! I love it so much.

    1. Thanks, Michelle!

  5. I adore everything! I’ve been debating about getting that Peek-a-boo coat pattern…My concern is that my machine does not like sewing through thick layers… And your fabric is gorgeous! I made my own fabric for my signature style too! 🙂

    1. Oh Sabrina, you could do amazing things with this pattern!

  6. […] Yesterday I rolled out my version of the Eleena Dress.  Today I have the privilege of participating in the Eleena Pattern blog tour.  My friend Olga, who designed this pattern, asked me to join the tour and I gladly said yes! […]

  7. No skirts? =) haha Love this!! That fabric you designed is soooo beautiful!! The boys look so sharp in their outfits. I especially love that coat with all the leather accents. You did so many awesome pieces!

  8. I love the touches of leather! Baby’s hat is adorable on him, and Annie’s dress fabric is lovely.

    1. Thank you all around Charity! I love working with leather, it just spells so good!

  9. […] I have that tutorial I promised for a reversible suede-back sherpa vest for children.  We found our Luxury Faux Fur-Sherpa Suede […]

  10. […] got one other garment from our Signature Style look that I want to tell you about in detail.  There were so many items I made for that look, maybe you […]

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