Down Greenwood, this Saturday 12-3pm!
The Italian beer Peroni sponsored the Seattle Magazine, Seamless in Seattle competition and fashion show. The five of us winners were issued a design challenge set by Peroni, I loved it! The great part was that we didn't have to make clothing out of recycling garbage or wrappers which is the direction these challenges usually take. For this one we were to use the Peroni blue ribbon label as inspiration for an outfit.
Firstly my favorite color combo is blue, red and white, so 60's and retro. I looked at their advertising and really got a feel for their Peroni Woman. A sleek, sexy Italian woman riding on vespas, hopping out of little red convertibles mixed with a La Dolce Vita feel. I went with a red and white polka dot charmuse dress with a full draped skirt and contrast blue ribbon trim. Over the top a stretch cotton twill military jacket with the blue ribbon detail, antique brass buttons to match the logo on the packaging. With matching big antique brass hook and eye closures. The jacket is lined in the red dot, which took two more layers of white satin lining so the red dot doesn't show through.
I finished the outfit a week before the show, took about two days straight to make. Draping the dress from scratch and modifying pattern blocks to make the jacket. Hubby set up a new workspace for me in the basement which has been amazing. I finally have a full size cutting table. For any one who sews, this is a dream!
I didn't get to fit my outfit on a model, but luckily it fit like a dream! Here are the shots from the runway. Unfortunatly, you can't see the big pleat and ribbon detail at the back. It gives the jacket a swing style look.
More info on their website here: http://www.vintageevent.com/calendar/event/13
I'm watching Project Runway on demand as last night I met up with Tina (from Glamspoon) & Kim (from Kimmi Designs) to check out Fashion First runway show. It is a charity fashion show event that has been going for 9 years and is one of the most fashionable event in Seattle. So, photos like this of me (far left) really put a fire under my butt to loose weight and stick to my diet!
This week I've tried, failed and tried again with Kale. It's such a beautiful veg, until you cook it. Steaming it, yuck. I tried a red onion/ brown rice/ kale steamed thing, again, yuck. But took that mixture and added it to tofu, stir fried it with soy sauce. Success, yum!
My friend Naomi (The Taste Traveler) gave me a good tip for working with Kale. Brush with olive oil, add salt & pepper and roast until crispy. Then, crunch up and sprinkle over rice. Crisp it up! I'm trying that next.
Ate a lot of salads this week (which I love) and did pretty good, except for letting myself have a few bites of chocolate. Sometimes, it's just necessary!
Weight lost this week: Scale at home: 0 lbs. Scale at the gym: 2 lbs (so we'll go with that one :)
Exercise: 2 trips to the gym (with one scheduled for tomorrow) and a long walk.
Challenge next week: drink more water, eat less nuts and oil. More exercise.
All five designers had a video that played before their collections. Here is mine:
I was the only designer to get backstage photos of the models lining up, so exciting!
Photos by teamphotogenic.com
Next post: The sponsor's Peroni Challenge winning outfit!
Last Wednesday was the Amazing Seattle Magazine's Seamless in Seattle Show. It really was an incredible event to be a part of, especially after so many weeks of hard work.
The foyer of the Seattle Art museum was packed as the runway was set up under the exploding car installation.
I had a great time hanging out with the five other designers pre-show. It was such a rush after with winning the Peroni Sponsor Challenge and having to bundle up all our garments from back stage. I wish I could have had a bit more time to chat to everyone.
Photos in the next post!
The adorable Seattle based handbag line, Emilie SLOAN is opening a pop-up shop in Pacific Place this Saturday! They will be open until January (maybe longer ?) and featuring different local designers along side their wonderful and colorful selection of handbags. After dropping off my Seamless runway garments downtown, I nipped over to Pacific Place to drop off bags of Frock Shop dresses. Crazy day! The shop space is huge and I'm excited to see what Lisa does with it by Saturday! Very exciting and excited for her.
Check it out, buy some stuff!
Emilie SLOAN ~ Pacific Place 600 Pine St, Seattle Wa.
Dropped off my whole 11 piece collection with accessories and shoes today, Phew! Shoes were donated by Chocolate Shoebox, my Phinney shop neighbor. This is a very cute vegan shoe and chocolate shop located in the heart of Phinney Ridge, check em out!
September Seattle Magazine article is out! You can check out my write up here...
I'm so excited and nervous! We do have to get up on stage with our sponsor Peroni Challenge outfit and answer judging questions, ala Project Runway. Fingers crossed they don't pick us apart! Eeek, public speaking! I did get a sneak peak at the other designers challenge outfits and so great! The show is going to be a blast. I'm going for a sort of vintage naughty stewardess/burlesque runway show with my retro inspired garments, lots of wiggle and winks ;)
Hope to see you there!