Tuesday, April 24, 2012

PFC #15: Chic Pin-spiration

UPDATE:  The tutorial for this dress is posted here.

This month's Petite Fashion Challenge is hosted by Megan of Long Live Classy - be sure to check out her blog for the rest of the entries!

The Challenge
Chic Pin-spiration:  Find a pic of an outfit you love on Pinterest, and recreate it the best way possible!


I heart Project Runway and have been an avid fan since the very first season aired on Bravo.  Though I wish they'd stop rushing the designers' creative process, I stare unblinkingly at their sketching and masterful draping while soaking in every episode.  To say that I get inspired would be an understatement.

Anyhoo, my Pin-spiration for this challenge is Mondo's Rorschach dress.  I loved the graphic nature of the garment and how the black side panels perfectly framed his artistry.  Mine, of course, pales in comparison but I had a lot of fun making it and getting in touch with my inner child (who loved art class but was never very good at it)  :)

My version: DIY Inkblot Dress

Wearing an Inkblot dress isn't exactly for every occasion, so I also played around with different options to make it more accessible:

J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Wool Flannel, Maraschino Cherry (buy here)
Melie Bianco Ariana Bag
Gucci d'Orsay Pumps, Camel
Banana Republic Button Down Blouse (old)
J. Crew Factory Bib Necklace (might still be available in stores)
Ann Taylor Nude Belt (old)
Chanel Vintage Messenger (shortened strap for shoulder-carry)
New York & Co Slim Crop Pants (altered for slimmer legs)
Banana Republic Black Blazer (old)

Some fun accessories:
Orange Leather Horsebit Bracelet, no longer see online
LOFT Rhinestone Bracelets
Fossil Chronograph Watch

If you're interested / curious, I will be posting an inkblot tutorial next week :)


Past PFC Entries:
  PFC #13: Professional Under $100

74 comments:

  1. i love this!!! this is one of my favorite DIY's by you :) it does seem super fun to make. I love how perfectly it goes with the red pants and blazer.

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    1. Aw, thanks Amber! I love the graphic black and white with the red - an easy pairing but bold in its own way :)

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  2. i am in awe!! you are so amazing. i can't wait for the tutorial for this!!!

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  3. that's an awesome DIY!

    also. when you wear the dress as a shirt, what do you do with all the extra fabric? just tuck it under?

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    1. Thanks so much, Pearl! I hate bulky tucking so I tuck just the very ends into my pants and arrange the dress so that it falls evenly. This usually works pretty well!

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  4. Dang! Great job on that dress!! Love seeing the additional ways you styled it!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Michelle!

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  5. Like Michelle said, great job with the dress. I think this is one of my favourite PFC entries!

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  6. what are you talking about? your version is wonderful!

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    1. I was so concerned about going overboard that I think my patterns are too light and could go for more "blobs" :)

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  7. Wow, you made it yourself? Amazing!

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  8. Love all the different ways you wore that dress!

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  9. Um...a PFC DIY with multiple outfit pairings in which you wear a dress as both a skirt and a blouse? You are my hero. =)

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    1. Thanks so much, Kelly! You are too kind :)

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  10. wow...I love each and every way you work it!

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  11. Nice! Great job with mixing it up as a shirt! Impressed! :-)

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    1. Hehe, thanks so much, Lana! I love to "double-duty" my dresses - makes them so much more versatile!

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  12. Wow is my favorite DIY. Dress and art = fabulous and fun. I love how you show the different way you can paired the dress. Please please please with cherry on top post an inkblot tutorial.

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    1. Thank you, Ying! Your comment brought a giant old grin to my face :)

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  13. I can't believe you stitched it yourself! Fabulous DIY! Love all the four variations- one dress worn as a dress, skirt and blouse- amazing!

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    1. Thanks Juneli! It was a fun little project and I love being able to wear something in more ways than one :)

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  14. The inkblot print is really really cool! I also love the variations so that it's very versatile!! Great job, I can't wait to see the tutorial next week.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I'm glad I did the variations - it seems like everyone liked that part best :)

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  15. You have really outdone yourself! Really cool DIY inkblot dress.

    Helen

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    1. Thanks Helen! I really loved this month's challenge!

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  16. First off, YOU MADE THAT??? That dress is fantastic!! I'm really looking forward to your tutorial...

    Also, each of your variations is great! I am a sucker for a red, black, and white combo.

    www.petiteonapenny.com

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I love red, white and black together too :)

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  17. You really took this challenge above and beyond! Love the dress and love the different ways to style it!

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    1. Thank you, Renata, I had a lot of fun with it! :)

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  18. That's such a daring dress! Well, at least for me. I don't wear large graphics/designs very well but you look great :) and I really like the different variations.

    Good job!

    ~Kimberly
    http://petiteonabudget.blogspot.com

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    1. LOL, it's daring for me too but I really like the graphic :) Thanks for the comment!

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  19. WOW, you are so talented...please show us how you DIY this, it looks amazing!!

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    1. Thank you! I loved your DIY as well and your outfit was just stunning!

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  20. Way cool!! I love it!

    www.mythriftychic.com

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  21. You are so talented! I love it and the different ways you styled it, especially #2. The orange horsebit bracelet is great.

    I agree, I hate when they don't have enough time. I also think a show where a designer is paired with a seamstress of their choice would be great. In real life, not all designers can sew well, some can come up with incredible concepts but may not be able to execute their vision.

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    1. Thanks so much!

      I agree with your comment about the seamstress. I'm not sure why they place such an emphasis on sewing skills when it's not really a necessity in the real world. Other shows like FashionStar and the one on Lifetime with Alexa Chung included sewing help.

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  22. Wow SPG! You have some talent! Loved your pinspiration! and your DIY! Seriously great job!

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks Katherine! You are so sweet! :)

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  23. omg wow! you did such an amazing job and i had to read twice to see if you made it or bought it!

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    1. Aw, thanks Yvonne! That's so kind of you to say :)

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  24. Wow, great job! I love all those looks :)

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  25. Amazing! You will certainly need to do a tutorial on how you managed that...it looks fabulous! I love show too and have really actually learned a lot from it!

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    1. Thanks Abby! I posted the tutorial yesterday - I hope you find it helpful! :)

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  26. you took it to a whole other level!! I love it! I will be back to see the tutorial. adding you to my google reader right... now. see you soon

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    1. Thank you so much! You made my day :)

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  27. Love the look with the red J. Crew blazer!

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  28. Wow! Love your DIY dress so much. Such a fun, cute dress. And I'm also fan of Project Runway. Wish I could DIY like you, but in my case, I'm just watching ;)

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    1. Thank you! I was a watcher for many years and only started DIYing a couple of years ago. If you have interest, you should give it a shot - it's fun! :)

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  29. you did a great job!!! love the red pants and that dress. you styled each outfit beautifully!

    i am a big fan of project runway too and Mondo! Have you been watching Fashionstar? I like that show a lot too.

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    1. Thanks Ping! I have been watching FashionStar! I like that you can finally buy something (affordably) from a designer you like but some of the designs themselves have been too normal? I know the designs are supposed to be commercial and have mass-market appeal, but it seems like many lack innovation / detailing that would make them stand out as a "X name" garment (except for Kara).

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  30. SPG, I thought your DIY dress was cool but I have to say I LOVE how you styled it even more. The black and white print is perfect against the bright red. This is my fav outfit from this challenge!

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    1. Thanks Cee for the super kind comment! That means a lot to me coming from you!

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  31. You nailed this SPG! I love how you've styled it differently to show how versatile your piece is!!

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  32. How do you just turn a dress into a shirt? Just like that? Your DIYs are amazing.

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    1. Thanks so much! I just tuck the dress hem into my pants and voila - instant shirt!

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  33. i adore all of your variations! you are such a stylish girl!

    xoxo
    jasmine
    AdamAlexMommy

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  34. What?!? So crazy S, you did such a great job on that dress! It's so unique I just love it on you and I would have never thought it could be that versatile!

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    1. Thanks Elaine!! I've been missing you around the blogosphere and hope everything is going well with the new house!

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  35. Just got around to reading this post. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! You are so creative! I can't wait to see your tutorial next week. Even though I myself would not even think of doing something like that, seeing how it's made is still fascinating to me. Great job doing different pairing. I love every one of them.

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    1. Aw, Vicky, you've got me blushing. Thank you for your incredibly kind and sweet comment!! :)

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  36. Goodness, you're very creative! I think it's marvelous that you not only made this, you found different and very chic ways of incorporating them into your wardrobe.

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    1. Thank you so much! You are too kind :)

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