Project Sewn // Finale // Personal Style

It’s here! It’s here! I’m so excited to have made it into the final week of Project Sewn and the butterflies in my belly are procreating at a fast pace. If these past few rounds weren’t intense already, things amped up to whole new level with this sew. I hooray-ed. I cried. I sewed up late, early morning, ate pizza for breakfast and let the dishes pile up. I’m fairly sure Archie had more tuckshop lunches during this one week than I had in the whole of primary school!
The final Project Sewn theme was ‘Your Personal Style’, which I have to say is something I’m putting more thought into now that I’m trying to smash out a hand-made wardrobe. Color is my big love and I find it fascinating how some can lift your mood or make you look flat and especially how different colors suit different skin tones. When I’m not holding the stash up against my face in the mirror, I’m being drawn to pretty prints, patterns and geometric designs and fabrics with interesting textures. Now, to sum my personal style with a totally lame catchphrase it would be a Geometric, Minimalistic, Texture-Fest!
So being the big one and all, I just pretended I had much longer than four days and went for it! I’ve had an idea in mind all summer long for a four pieced, chevron mini skirt made from this hand-loomed cotton. Hand-loomed sounds fancy but it’s really just a heavily woven, gnarly sort of texture, probably meant for home dec and not minis. It feels really rough and raw and straight away I saw it looking lovely paired with something smooth and silky. I had the weeniest 45″ x 17″ remnant (basically the width of the skirt from waist to hem) out of which to cut four panels, with the front two chevron pieces being cut on their sides and taking up more room again. There were less than a handful of scraps left.
I drafted the pattern for this skirt based on the shape of one I own. Beaming! I started with the chevron first. It took a few goes to line up the stripes, especially tricky with a 2/8″ thick fabric. The front seam was doing some weird pucker thing, so I attached cotton stay tape. All the seams had to be pressed open, and sewn flat against themselves to sit flat underneath the silk lining. The back darts were an afterthought and made the fit so much better but in future I will remember to add them pre-attaching lining. Painstaking! I wanted a 15″ metal coil zip and could only get a 16″ which left enough room for the top seams but er, not for any hem at all. I couldn’t fold it over, or attach bias tape so I had to turn it into a feature and blanket stitch a hem with a cute contrast thread. Which made for a neat feature in the end!
Well, this little blazer goes down as the hardest thing I’ve ever EVER sewn. I didn’t realize blazers were the sort of garment you’d learn to sew over a month, calmy, methodically and probably in something sturdy. Not slippery silk. But jumping in, blissfully unaware of what I had taken on was a good thing. I was worried about sewing welt pockets with silk, but they behaved themselves. Plus they’re faux so the welt is real but there’s no pocket bag. The main fabric one of my fav pieces in the stash, being a geometric print and in tones that make me swoon! I tried out the Ralf Pink pattern for a casual ‘tuxedo’ jacket that hangs loose without buttons. It’s a really nice style and I think it would suit a whole range of fabrics. It’s fully lined (I found a chartreuse crepe de chine) with welted pockets and two pieced sleeves. Which I made use of and color-blocked.
It was a good move to tackle the skirt at the start of the week while I had energy and motivation and leave the blazer with it’s nice set of instructions till later. By Sunday, I was at the end of my tether and blowing things out of proportion. I literally had one seem to go on the blazer and felt like I never wanted to see it again because one particular section wasn’t sitting flat. I had my meltdown, made a few calls, got a few pep talks and dealt with the beast seam! I was so close to finishing and totally exhausted and really all it needed was a good press. Edge of your seat sewing drama people, complete with waterworks!
 So there you have it, print, pattern, geometrics and delicious colors makes this my ultimate outfit! Oh. My. I hope there is some sort of prize for including a triangle in 3 out of 4 outfits? Thankyou for all your encouragement and for voting me this far…now is where it counts! Best of luck to Andrea and Jess! The final week of voting is now open at Project Sewn

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  • Heather Louwrote:

    Love this, all of it. You got my vote. And nice to see someone making one of those Ralph Pink patterns. I’ve been eyeballing this blazer too but going By Hand London for my first foray into blazer making….

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Woo hoo thank YOU Heather! I am dying to check out the By Hand London blazer, I’ll wait to hear what you think of it though…

  • sallie oleta barbeewrote:

    Holy. Crap. Girl, you are just KILLING it with these Project Sewn outfits!! And this one really does take the cake (well, I was also swooning over the sundress)! Good luck!! Hope you win!!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Hey thanks Sal, and you know I only decided to buy the Satsuki after I saw your black one, and then your other dyed ones. So, maybe I owe the whole thing to you?!

  • marywrote:

    Love it all! ANd I have been looking for a blazer pattern just like this!!!!!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thanks Mary, that’s the best part about this blogging thing, getting ideas for new patterns you want to buy lol. It wasn’t actually a hard pattern to follow, more just the time pressure so good luck to you when you make yours!

  • liza janewrote:

    Love the skirt in the hand loomed fabric. Fantastic! The blanket stitch hem was genius!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Oh so glad the blanket stitch went down well. I was worried about the feature the most. Yay, thanks for you comment!

  • mokoshawrote:

    i’m crazy about your outfit! and the previous ones, as well – i was totally rooting for you from the week one 🙂

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Oh Yay you’re da best! Thanks for your comment, and your votes of course!

  • Katy Stillwellwrote:

    This is gorgeous, I would totally wear each piece. The skirt is gorgeous, and the jacket was definitely worth it. I love your style!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thank you Katy, I’m so glad you like my outfit and nice to think I might have a recognizable style. It’s coming together haha!

  • Carolynwrote:

    This outfit is absolutely amazing (I’m in love with that jacket!). And the fact that you sewed it in such a short time makes it even more amazing! I bow down to you!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Carolyn you are so funny, haha. Loved reading your comment on my blazer, thanks so much!

  • small + friendlywrote:

    That blazer is AMAZING! I adore the color blocked sleeves, you are a sewing master!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Haha Carla, your comment made me laugh. Sometimes master, some times disaster feels about right…

  • Kellywrote:

    The colors in the jacket, and the whole outfit really, are fantastic! You did a fantastic job. I can’t believe you made these pieces in such a short time!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thank you so much Kelly! I cannot believe it either, need a long holiday now.

  • Craft Sanctuarywrote:

    Amazing! I love the blanket stitch around the hem, I think it makes the look pop even more.

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Oh yay, I’m glad the blanket stitch gets the tick of approval. I was so worried about it looking out of place. Thanks for your lovely feedback!

  • Olga (Kid Approved)wrote:

    I LOVE this! I really liked everything you made. Great job!

  • Sunniwrote:

    Mind blowing! I love it! The jacket truly is to die for and honestly, its so awesome to see you use a favorite stash piece instead of letting it lay folded up in your stash because you’re too afraid you’ll ruin it. Love the skirt too and the mixture of the two prints and textures. Gorgeous!
    xx, Sunni

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Wow, thanks Sunni! Loved reading your comment, and yeah, I feel the same about favourite stash pieces. Just gotta cut into them, be brave!

  • Madalynnewrote:

    If this is “your” style, then you have taste girl. I cannot believe how fast you finished these pieces, especially the jacket. I would have been at my wits end too. My favorite part is the blanket stitch – funny how it was a mistake that turned into an awesome detail!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Haha Madalynne ‘at wits end’is exactly how it was. I’m so glad you like the blanket stitch, I wasn’t sure about it at first, but I kind of love it now. Yeah you are right, it’s funny how things not working can work out better. Thanks for your comment!

  • Andrea Bwrote:

    I winced in fear (for myself) when I saw your outfit because it’s freaking amaaaazing. Seriously well done — I’m so impressed by the textiles you used and your ability to sew them so well in a hot minute. Congrats on making it to this point of Project Sewn (though of course I always knew you would). It’s been such a pleasure to be in your sewing company this whole time. Now who can we get to clean our respective mountains of dishes?

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Haha Andrea, I kept my house pretty spanking clean the whole of Project Sewn because I feel stressed when my house is messy and it made me feel like I had everything under wraps. And now that Project Sewn is finished I’ve just let everything go and it looks like a bomb’s gone off! I loved sewing along side you too! What a crazy, fun, intense month we’ve had. xx

  • SaraJwrote:

    You have the best taste!

  • anu*mikiwrote:

    Such a cute outfit!!

  • KellyLeaSewswrote:

    This gets a big WOW from me, it is amazing! You are so stylish…and I am impressed that you could sew this up so quickly, I am soooooo slow! A blazer has been on my list for a while and hopefully this will be the kick in the pants I need to get going on it. All three looks were great this week but you have my vote 🙂

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Oh yay, I wanted to WOW! Haha, slow sewing is the way to go I think. I’d like to sew another blazer too, maybe the By Hand London one. Have you seen it?

  • Fabric Tragicwrote:

    So very stylish, and hopefully worth the tears!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thank you, that’s so sweet! Definitely worth the tears, now I just need a month to catch up on sleep.

  • Jenniferwrote:

    Sophie you are AMAZING!!! That outfit is to die for. I am keeping everything crossed that you win.

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thanks Jennifer! And for crossing all your limbs for me! Must have worked.

  • Lia Zwrote:

    Voted for you! Love your outfit, and I have to say: you are super beautiful!!! Amazing legs and all 🙂

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Aaaw Liz, that’s so kind. Thanks for your comment and your vote!!

  • gingermakeswrote:

    I looooooooooove this! You look amazing! I can’t believe you made this jacket so quickly– you’re amazing! Great job, girl!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thanks Sonja! I’m looking forward to making another blazer, maybe the By Hand London one. And especially without time pressure!

  • awfully-nice.comwrote:

    You are so awesome. This outfit is amazing and if it doesn’t win, that’s bull#$&*, and it’s because people don’t have a clue what style is anymore! I voted for you of course!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Haha love it! Bring out the profanities! Thanks for you vote, and I loved reading your comment, made me laugh.

  • thequirkypeachwrote:

    This is so amazing!!! Your style is so unique and I would never have thought of making / putting these fabrics together, but I am in LOVE with the whole look! Best of luck 🙂

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thank you very much, your comment on my outfit was just the loveliest.

  • Cloverwrote:

    Your style, your sewing skills, and your body is amazing. You totally need to win.

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Haha thank you so much Clover! Loved reading your comment and I have to say I try and stay fit so I keep fitting the clothes that I sew. It’s a happy circle lol.

  • gerberdingersonwrote:

    Really like that blazer!

  • julibchickadeewrote:

    This whole outfit is amazing! Seriously, I love everything about this!! You did a fantastic job and I love your style! 🙂

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Aaaww thanks Julib! Such a lovely comment to read. x

  • KajOzwrote:

    I can’t no longer deny this, I think I have a little girlcrush on you!
    This outfit is amazing, I love that mix of different textures and this fabric is oh so perfect! And your photos look professional as ever…

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Haha I think there a few girl crushes going on in the blogosphere. It’s a mutual admiration society. Thanks so much for your lovely words on my outfit!

  • Stacey Byrnewrote:

    I. love. that. jacket. And if it were up to me, you’d get the prize for including triangles in each outfit. Good luck to you, Sophie! You’ve made some amazing stuff the past few weeks. I’m so glad you pushed your way through this one. As always, I’m entirely impressed!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Haha thank so much Stacey! Loved reading your comment too!

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  • Rosiwrote:

    Love this outfit! I’ve got a blazer pattern I’m about to tackle. Going to vote for you now.

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Oooo can’t wait to see your blazer. I’m trying to guess which pattern you are using. I’m thinking the new By Hand London one? Thanks for your vote Rosi!!

  • zosews.comwrote:

    This is all kinds of specfrickentacular! Blanket stitch tick! Everything tick! Congratulations on the whole Project Sewn gig – output level and quality has been amazing!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thanks so much Zo! Glad the blanket stitch down well, I was pretty nervous about that one.

  • Jessica at Me Sew Crazywrote:

    That blazer….oh that blazer! I am so in love, I hadn’t even noticed the details on the sleeves until I clicked over here. I adore everything about this look – the pairing of the blazer with the skirt heavy knit chevron fabric. I am in love. You rocked it out this week, probably my favorite look of yours yet!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thank you Jess! Such a lovely comment, wow. What a crazy month we’ve had!

  • Stephaniewrote:

    You are uh-mazing! Both pieces are incredible. Voted!

  • becstitcheswrote:

    Oh man, I have voted for you everyweek, killin it!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Bec you’re the best! Thankyou, that means so much!

  • Jenwrote:

    Oooh, that skirt is perfection! It fits you so well and well done on your pattern matching 🙂

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Big thanks Jen, that pattern matching was the hardest!

  • Crab and Beewrote:

    I got distracted by voting and forgot to say that this outfit is killer! Cannot believe you cranked out a blazer and a skirt in a week!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thank you!! Oh, hey, and neither can I, I’m not sure what I was running on, cos it wasn’t food or sleep…

  • annanicwrote:

    That blazer is just all kinds of awesome. I’m in love with it. I think I might dream about it tonight (if I’m lucky haha). Great job and good luck! I’m headed over to vote for you right now =)

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Aww thanks so much for your lovely comment and your vote! Haha did you dream of it?

  • Janowrote:

    That is one amazing blazer!

  • Kathrynwrote:

    This outfit is so amazing, I love it, you look incredible! I love all these fabrics and hope one day to have pefected my own style as well as you!

  • Amywrote:

    Love these prints together! The blazer print is just wow!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thank you so much Amy, I’m so happy my blazer wowed you!

  • Ericawrote:

    I’ve had a blast following along with Project Sewn. This is a great finale! I adore all the details in the skirt. Also, the jacket was well worth all the trouble, and in the end you learned a lot… and that makes it all worth it. Right??!! 😉

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Erica thanks!! You are right, it was definitely worth it, I learned so much especially about sewing under pressure.

  • Katwrote:

    All your project sewn projects have been amazing so it’s no surprise that I love love love this! The skirt is adorable. If I had legs like yours I’d be living in mini skirts. I can’t believe you made all this in a week. It would take me like 6 months to make a blazer. Especially out of silk. Your amazing!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Yay! Thanks so much Kat, haha, this skirt is very mini, I don’t think I’ll be taking the kids to the park in it somehow.

  • Beckywrote:

    wow, i’m impressed. i love your personal style! what a gift you have with patterns, textures and really you came up with something that really works for your body type. i have long, skinny legs and feel weird wearing short skirts because it just accentuates them even more. the blazer really draws the eyes up and balances it all out. 🙂 I must try this look soon!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Becky thanks, it was good to read your thoughts on the styling. I don’t usually wear things this short, especially now I’m a mum, but you are right, paired with a blazer it doesn’t feel too exposed.

  • kristinwrote:

    Geez, Soph, you’re awesome. I love that you push the envelope a bit and show us things we haven’t ever seen before, and it all fits you SO perfectly, too. Just wonderful. So happy you did this thing and got blogging again! You’re an inspiration!!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thank you Kristin! This sewing blogging thing is just like the best gig ever hey?! I feel so inspired right now too, probably like you after Quilt, market. Let’s take on the world!

  • Tarawrote:

    you are so cool ^_^
    Your outfit is very you and chic. I’m glad your zipper didn’t work out the way you planned because the skirt looks more interesting with the blanket stitch at the bottom. And that blazer! love love that blazer! The sleeve detail is very cool. Yay you!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thank you Tara! It’s funny how sometimes things not working out works out better. I wasn’t sure about the blanket stitch at first so I’m glad that it’s been received well haha!

  • Nancywrote:

    You and that outfit look bloody awesome!!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Hehe thanks Nancy!I’ll take ‘bloody awesome’!

  • Saschawrote:

    Seriously an amazing outfit. Almost makes me want to start sewing again. Almost 😉 Until then I can live vicariously through all the amazing shit you are making.

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Oh Sascha I didn’t realise you were ‘not sewing’ just thought you were having big breaks in between outfits haha! Your blog was one of the first kiddie sewing blogs I discovered and loved, your clothes inspired my sewing! You are probably crazy busy but hope you can get back into it sometime, I miss your funny write-ups too!

  • Marthawrote:

    Great outfit!

  • Inder-ificwrote:

    I *actually* gasped when this came up in my feed reader. Shut. The. Front. Door. Wow.

  • crystalpleatswrote:

    So very glad you won the contest. Your style is unique and innovative. That tuxedo jacket is amazing and I cannot get over the two-piece color block sleeve! I hope you wear the hell out of it!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thank you! The sleeve is a fun feature and is actually how the pattern comes, in two pieces, so it does make it easy to color block. I’m hoping I wear the hell out of it too, once I get over being precious!

  • Juliettewrote:

    WOW! I really love this look! I can’t decide which I like more, the skirt or the jacket; the fabric from the jacket is nothing short of amazing! What a fabulous fabulous look!!

  • Bellawrote:

    I love this entire outfit but especially the jacket! I had never heard about Ralph Pink patterns so I checked out his website, he’s got some pretty neat designs. Have you made any of his other patterns or do you know anyone who has? Did you enjoy using this pattern? Thanks and great job!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thanks Bella! The instructions were really great, lots of pictures. Like you, I was looking for signs of anyone else using these patterns but I was the first haha! There’s heaps if others in the collection that look amazing, good luck if u decide to make it up. There’s also another blazer pattern that’s had lots of good reviews by Hand London…

    • Bellawrote:

      The By Hand Victoria blazer is winging its way to me so I’m going to give that a go. Casual blazer here I come! Thanks for being a pattern pioneer, I’ll definitely try a RP pattern soon I think.

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