It's here!  The final week of the Project Run & Play sew along, and this one's all about "Signature Style".  So I had to ask myself: do I have a signature style?  (I'm pretty sure I heard crickets chirp as I contemplated it.)

I don't know about sig. style.  I just sew what I like, and that's a pretty fluid entity.  Right now, though, I'm loving the open shoulder look.  I also like a sleeve that gathers into a cuff.  So I had some jumping off points for my top.  Since it's still on the colder side here I decided I would also pair this with a little crop jacket, and pants.

For the pants I used basically the same shape/pattern as the ones I made last week for my son but altered a few of the details.  Instead of patch pockets on the front, I used inset ones.  I also added decorative zippers, and some pleated faux leather details.

I wanted my top to be pretty and flowing, to sort of offset the straight lines, zippers and leather on the pants.  This Cotton + Steel floral rayon was a perfect base.  (Florals!  Am I right?!?!?!)  I designed this top with open shoulders, a tie at the neckline (for getting it on and off, as well as a pretty design element), a slight high-low hemline, buttoned sleeve cuffs and a touch of lace trim (I love lace trim!).

The cropped jacket inspiration actually came when I was muslin-ing a dress bodice.  I had made the muslin, and decided I didn't like the look of it for a dress after all….but hey, it might be a cute jacket!  I gave my jacket cropped sleeves as well.  I could pretend it was all in an effort to show off the sleeves of my top, which it DOES; but in reality, I ran out of fabric and was working with what I had.  I kind of love that.  I used up every last scrap of my fabric (I sure wish THAT happened more often) and was forced to get creative.  I'm pretty happy with the outcome!

And here's the whole look all together:

We were on holidays visiting family last week, and you better believe I jumped on the opportunity for a different location to take pictures!  Here are a few shots of the outfit in action!

Whew!  I can't believe we've reached the end of the 4 weeks of sew-along!  (I'm exhausted… sewing Jet-lag a thing???)  DON'T FORGET to go vote for your favourite of this weeks Project Run & Play final contestants; all three of those ladies have pulled out some amazing makes over the last month!

2 thoughts on “Signature Style

  1. Deborah says:

    I love those pants. It would be nice to read a blog post showing how you pleated the faux leather, and how to insert those zippers near the knees. Please email me at to let me know if you actually do a tutorial on your blog. I love learning from others. My granddaughter would love those elements.

  2. bwiscombe says:

    WHOA. This entire look is incredible! The jacket is amazing and those pants…I need to make them in my size! And you can’t beat anything made with that Rifle Paper Co rayon. Bravo!!

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