Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Project Run & Play Week Two - Sportswear






I'm going to be honest...the fashion term 'sportswear' is somewhat confusing to me.  Before I watched Project Runway, I thought sportswear was track pants & hoodies.  But when the designers created these sophisticated ensembles, I was introduced to what American Sportswear really is.  Well, maybe not exactly what it is, but more, what it is not.  It's not formal evening attire and it's not casual loungewear...it's basically anything in between.  I'm not entirely sure that's accurate, either, but that's my personal understanding of it.  If anyone wants to correct me, please do.  The more understanding the better!

For Project Run & Play's Sportswear Week, I decided to do something a little dressy, but also comfortable, and easy-to-wear: a trench coat, mock wrap dress, and leggings.

Here are the original sketches (you can see how much I change things as I sew).








The Trench






This season of PR&P, I really want to focus each week on doing something I've never done before, such as work with a different type of fabric (e.g last week's silk), or learn a new technique.  This week, I did french seams for the first time.  It's such a great way to achieve a finished and tidy look without having to line the inside of a garment.  It's also often used on sheer fabrics.  


The "Wrap" 


Reading this, inspired me to make the wrap dress:

"Diane Von Furstenberg’s wrap dress has become an icon of American sportswear. After all, only the most prestigious and truly innovative design pieces make it into the permanent fashion collection on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and DVF’s wrap dress is one of those pieces. It’s truly the one and only dress that never quits."


I'm so glad I came across Diane Von Furstenburg's designs in my research this week.  There are some incredibly gorgeous pieces in her collections.  This year, she launched a children's collection that is being sold at Gap.  If you haven't seen it, check it out.  There is definitely some cuteness there!  

The style of this toddler wrap dress inspired mine: 






Normally, I wouldn't necessarily pair pink & red together, but the print in dress brought it all together.

The Leggings




 Elegance & Elephants


 I was so excited to receive my labels in the mail this week!  I ordered them from two different etsy shops.  I would like the highly recommend Michelle at inked papers for her twill labels.  

So, why Elegance & Elephants?  Well, Tobias' love for elephants started the idea, and the two words together came to me and just stuck.  

It's so neat to see 'real' looking labels in my garments!  And Tobias is so anxious to have little elephants attached to his clothes.  :)



26 comments:

  1. This is such a cute outfit I love it!

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  2. this is super adorable !!!
    by the way, we both had the exact same idea & the exact same inspiration ~ that little white wrap dress ! too funny !
    I just finished my little white wrap dress & hope to blog about it tomorrow :D

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  3. I love this! It all works together wonderfully.

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  4. This is such a beautiful design! This is a winner in my book! You could sell this in a top end boutique easily! I love your tags too.

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  5. this is beautiful! I have really loved everything you have made for PR&P challenges. This coat is fantastic, and oddly enough - I have been inspired by the very same quote by Diane Von F

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  6. Wow, Love the trench coat..and the fabric for that dress!

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  7. Love the ensemble, great job!

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  8. Oh my goodness, I love everything about that little jacket--especially the bow! You are so talented! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  9. This is a great ensemble on an adorable model - and your pictures really capture your detail and craftsmanship. What a strong entry for PR&P!

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  10. I'm jealous of your tags. They take the whole outfit to the professional level. Very nicely done!

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  11. Wow- I love that trench coat!
    Shannon

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  12. I love this little outfit-- and the blog name!

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  13. I must say, I was surprised you weren't asked to flat out participate in the upcoming season of PR&P

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  14. The trench coat is just as adorable as it was 4 months ago!! Good luck to you and your entry...

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  15. What kid doesn't dream about spending the whole day in THIS beautiful OUTFIT??
    Good job Heidi!!!!
    Milan-panama City,FL

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  16. Thank you all so much...I really appreciate your sweet comments & support!

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  17. Heidi, I came across your blog from Mike's fb post and I am so amazed at your work! I love love love the trench and the red and pink together!

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  18. Oh my God!
    I really love that toddler wrap dress also it looks so adorable.

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  19. This baby is so cute, my sister has a baby like this angel. Especially I want to say her dress is so nice.

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  20. bought this shirt for my sister and she loves it. Warm, comfortable, well made, great fit and looks good. i would recommend http://www.apparelnbags.com/augusta-sportswear/index.htm

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  21. Please, oh please make a pattern for the jacket. I would love to make one for my little girl, I would buy the pattern for sure you have done an amazing job, it is all absolutely beautiful!

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  22. Unbelievable work man!! Keep your heads high you probably did it.is bubblegum casting legitimate

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