The best part is that I've met my goal of cementing my "signature style." When I look at my first and second entries into PR&P last fall, I was all over the place. My intention this time was to use my stash and upcycle, which is the same as it was last time. BUT, this time each result was much more reflective of my preferred style.
So, if you want to see my "signature style," look at any one of this season's completed projects. You'll see a common theme: comfort (knits), upcycling, classic silhouettes, shortened bodices, applique, and muted colors.
The second-best part is that I've gotten more comfortable with drafting my own patterns! Just like everything else in life, Practice Makes Better.
The sweater is a maternity sweater from Old Navy. It was the very first maternity item I ever purchased. (Long before I got pregnant, by the way.) It's a self-drafted pattern based around the Flashback Skinny. The lining is original to the sweater, just sized down to fit the smaller version.
The dress is gray corduroy from my stash. (It wrinkles so easily.) I made it too big intentionally so she can wear it next winter. The design is all my own. Several months ago I saw this dress (it's no longer available) that served as the inspiration. The bodice lining and piping are also stash fabric (you can also see the lining fabric here).
There are several tweaks I'm planning to make to it next time. I'd like to have gathers in the back scoop that match the front. Also, I plan to use smaller piping so I can manipulate it more easily.
That's a wrap!
I've got two more baby girl dresses to finish this week. The new, improved version of this one is first up. The second one will be the unfinished dress from Valentine's Week.
Then Eliza will officially have an obscene number of dresses, and I will go back to sewing big girl clothes for a little while.
Thanks for playing along!
** These photos were taken at Biltmore, one of my favorite places. A perk of living here and having season passes is that we can pop over on a Thursday morning. We don't take it for granted.