It took me longer than I would have liked to get around to the details on my Stylo looks, but we went on a truly great family vacation. Way better than typing on a geriatric, possessed computer that likes to flash pixelated squares and restart whenever it feels compelled to make me crazy…..anyway.
Let’s talk about how we got from this:
and all of the things between. I’ll fill you in on each piece of the outfit as I go, and then put a list at the end of the pattern names and links.
So this is Violet. She’s a little post apocalyptic street urchin who lives in a world devoid of color. Her heart is heavy until she realizes she has powers to bring the color back.
Poof! A flash of blue.
Her eyes light up and the wind lifts into her sails.
Perhaps a bit of red?
Side note: I spent so much time making this outfit that I had to let myself be ok with the fact that the color may never come out of any of it. But it totally did! Only the hat, which is made of wool and I had to hand wash, has any residue really left on it. Oddly, Clover was wearing a dress that got hit with some color during the shoot and hers is still stained.
So, starting with the hat – this was the last thing I made for the outfit because I felt like I needed something just like this to complete the look. It’s the Heidi and Finn uptown hat sewn with some of the details left out because I just needed it to be super simple. Seriously…..so cute. She still wears it pretty often too.
My main fabric is a wool with amazing texture from Finch Sewing Studio. Perfect. It smells like sheep too. I love that Nicole stocks things like this. The brim is leftovers from the pants I made for Hawthorne, which I’ll go into in my next post.
Her coat is the Cadette Coat from Cali Faye. I used Echino Kokka cars fabric from Finch Sewing Studio, which I’m pretty sure is out of stock there now. It’s a light canvas cotton/linen blend which I found on etsy here. The brass buttons are from Joanns, but are purely decorative. There are plastic snaps under them.
The pattern actually has faux pockets with just decorative flaps, which wasn’t going to work for me, so I added pockets. Where else would Violet hide her color magic?
At the time in which I was shooting this, I totally thought it had been a disaster. It felt like I had almost no good shots, that it went far too quickly, that the color wasn’t flying around like I had imagined. I used some Holi celebration color powders from amazon, and the vibrancy was great, but the “poof factor” wasn’t totally there. It was a little too wet or something and didn’t make the clouds I expected. But Violet just kept grabbing handfuls and throwing it all over, and I hoped for the best.
Finding a location to do this was really stressing me out too, because I needed a stark background and open air, but couldn’t just go throwing color all over public or personal property. My vision was for an old looking white background like an old stone wall or painted building. But I felt really uncomfortable with colorbombing. So in the end I just waited for magic hour and tacked a dropcloth to my garage.
Oh, Violet. This is so Violet. hahaha. Now that she’s taken off her coat, I’ll tell you about the tank. It’s the twisted tank pattern from Titchy Threads. This was the first time I’d used this pattern, but definitely not my first time with a Titchy pattern. They never disappoint. Seriously. You can’t go wrong with Laura’s patterns. Get them.
I used a white cotton/lycra from Girl Charlee and an amazing bamboo/organic cotton blend stripe from Finch sewing studio. The bamboo stripe is out of stock at Finch, but it’s dstributed by Pickering, which is all amaaaaaazing stuff. I actually bought this exact fabric in Portland at Bolt the first time I fabric shopped in Portland when violet was just a baby. Then when I met Nicole, the owner of a tiny little home based sewing studio here in Virginia, I recognized the same knit on a skirt she’d made. Turns out she taught classes at the sewing studio next door to Bolt. Ha. Crazy right?
The shorts are another Titchy pattern. They’re the renowned (at least in the weird little sewing world) Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern, which yields a professional result with thorough instructions. There’s an option to make shorts in the pattern, but it’s basically the same thing, just shorter. I made them the length that the pattern dictates, but decided that they looked too California surfer at the knee length they were. So I made the executive decision to make them short. Really short. The more chicken leg, the better. Because with the long coat, the short shorts balance it out.
The fabric is another Pickering beauty from Finch Sewing Studio. This one is an organic cotton/hemp blend which is out of stock now. All good things must end.
Money shot! I fell head over heels in love with this one the moment I uploaded it from the memory card. It’s just joyful. Violet in essence.
This is the only shot that really shows the magic hour light that was happening during the shoot. I was trying to keep it as bright and clean as possible, but I love this one too.
I want to have this printed and put on the wall
This is awesome too. Her hair is kind of a disaster because she pulled it out of the hair band it was pulled back in. But she looks so cool!
I had turned on Coldplay – sky full of stars for her to jam to. Magic.
And that’s it! My first shoot for the latest STYLO. One of those things that seem like more than you could have possibly accomplished by the time you’re done doing it.
Just to sum it up for the look:
Coat // pattern: Cali Faye Cadette coat
fabric: outer, Echino kokka cars from Finch sewing studio.
Tank// Pattern: Titchy threads twisted tank
Fabrics: white cotton/lycra from Girl Charlee
Shorts// Pattern: Small Fry skinny jeans by Titchy Threads
Hat// Pattern: Uptown hat by Heidi and Finn
Fabric: Wool from Finch Sewing Studio
Oh, and I don’t have any Michael Levine fabric in this shoot, but you can get a discount shopping there with a STYLO4 coupon code!
I’ll be back to fill in the details on the second look with Clover and Hawthorne. Plus I have a special cosplay sundress to share, and some superhero shorts, and maybe I’ll get pictures of the bucket hats I made the girls for vacation. Lol. Behind much?