This week's challenge:
"Use a classic men’s suit as your inspiration and fabric to create a high fashion look. You are using the jacket and pants from your suit and that fabric must be apparent in your look." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)
I was so excited for this challenge. Kat from Just Crafty Enough who is the host of Project Project Runway played the role of Sandyha and chose Ken suits for all the designers.
This crazy blue velvet suit came in the mail for me early last week.
I tried to get my Ken to model the suit. But my Ken is the beefy 1980s Ken and these new streamline "thin Ken" clothes wouldn't fit. :(
The suit jacket fit enough if he didn't move his arms too much, but the pants wouldn't go on. Here he is seen taking Sally (my model from last week) out on a date. Lane says they are going to get married tomorrow.
This is what I came up with:
I chose Pencil as my model this time because she has the smallest frame and I wanted to get the most out of my suit.
The top is made from putting Ken's shirt collar backwards on the front. I then patchworked the shirt, the pants in the middle and the velvet from the suit jacket along the bottom.
I was actually on holidays this week. We drove up to northern Manitoba to visit with my inlaws and go fishing. So I had to sew this look by hand in the car on the long 9 hour drive home yesterday. I don't think I did too badly considering.
The pants are my favourite part of this look. I look the sleeves from the velvet suit jacket and made them into pants legs. They were actually slightly too small for Pencil's legs so I had to take out the small seam allowance to the very edge to get them to fit. I then used pieces of the pants to make the top. These pants are closed by velcro and can actually come off and on. The top does as well.
Even the headband is fastened with Velcro so that miss Laney can play. Although I think this outfit will only fit on Pencil and maybe Amber. The headband was made from a strip of the pants and the bowtie from the suit.
There are no supplemental fabrics used only because I got on a roll with the suit. There is very little of the suit left though. I should have taken a photo of the scraps I left in the side panel of the car - yipes! Not that many.
For the accessories, I chose some nude coloured shoes. I think Pencil is a little concerned about her short height and wanted to appear taller, so nude was the perfect shoe. And of course the headband that I made makes her cute pixie cut pop.
I think Zac would say that my look isn't high fashion enough. Kind of patchwork artsy craftsy sportswear. Although they loved Amanda's patchwork look so who knows? The judges all loved the pants and wish I had not covered them up with such a junior top. But the collar detail at the top was kind of interesting.
What do you think? Would I be safe? At least I didn't put strange fabric at the end of my capris to put off the judges. :)
To check out all of the suitable looks this week from the Project Project Runway designers, please click over to the Flickr Group.