I am so excited to be part of Topstitchers Season 3. I am a bit of a competitive person at heart, and this competition really had me pulling out all the stops!
My prompt was:
History is filled with women we adore, whose closets we envy. But for every Princess Di and Jackie O, there’s an equally fashionable counterpart we love to hate. For this “Mean Girl” challenge, design a modern, wearable, (and age appropriate) outfit inspired by the Marie Antoinettes and Kardashians of the world.
Judges will be looking for wearable designs with high-fashion elements. Take risks in your designs, and be sure to tie them into the time period, reputation, or actual closets of your inspiration.
I decided to do a bit of a 1930’s take and chose Bonnie Parker, the female half of Bonnie and Clyde, as my muse. She was an American bank robber and outlaw and was eventually shot by law enforcement in a shoot out.
I recreated her iconic red dress from one of my own patterns, the Star Anise Dress. The dress is as drafted except for omitting the cuffs and slightly lengthening the sleeves and bottom hem line.
I used a really fun red silk purchased locally from Marshall Fabrics. The dress is fully lined with breathable bemberg lining. The hems and lining are all hand sewn.
My favourite piece in the whole outfit is the hat. It took the longest, and is such a great statement piece. I used a free pattern from Elsewhen Milinery and followed the directions exactly. I used a lightweight wool for the outside and cotton print for the inside. It is interfaced and stiffened so the hat keeps its shape even while not being worn. I decorated it with a flower I hand sewed using a few scraps from the dress. The grosgrain ribbon is also hand sewn on.
The cardigan is sewn from Kashmere (faux cashmere 😉 ) using Ottobre 4/2015#11. I love the off the shoulder look!
I bound the edges with narrow bias tape and did a reverse coverstitch in ivory.
To complete the look, I sewed some quick gloves (just traced her hand) from poly spandex.
A huge thank you to the G’s for letting me borrow their beautifully restored 1940 Chevrolet Master 85. While it is a few years after Bonnie’s time, it still fits the era well. The pellet gun is authentic to the period (early 1930’s). We found it in an old wooden grainery when we moved onto our farm.
Check out my post on the Sewing Stadium for WAY more details and a place where you can vote for my look!