Friday, September 21, 2012

Mood Network: September project

No it's not finished yet. I haven't even started properly. I got this beautiful paisley (possibly Etro) at the Mood New York couple of weeks ago. It's a heavier weight wool, and the first thing I thought was a coat.  Then, I thought that would be too much paisley for me if I made a coat. It would be unworn most of the time.

Then I thought - a dress. There is some nice movement on this fabric and with some tweaking I could tailor a nice piece, but then I decided the fabric may be too heavy for a dress. 


Meanwhile, look what I unearthed from the Etro Fall 2006 collection:

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I do like the jacket, and I am thinking whether I should just focus on this simple style. I just don't want to butcher the print and a simple jacket like this would work great with black pants or jeans (which I tend to wear a lot). It could work with silk prints, like on the image above... And, if I cut economically I may be able to make a pencil skirt as well. 

What's important is that this fabric is my Mood allowance for September. I need to make a decision and start working. Ok, there is no $100,000 prize on stake, and most likely I won't be eliminated, yet I want to have a wearable piece that I like and that reflects my style. So, I give myself another day to think it over and then I should start working. The fact is I need to finish it by next Sunday... yes 

any thoughts?

34 comments:

  1. Beautiful cloth. I love the idea of a short jacket and pencil skirt. That way like you said the jacket can work with other pieces, you can wear them as a suit, or wear just the skirt with with a sweater and boots. Whatever you make, I know it will be fabulous!

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  2. I know I would get the most use out of a pencil skirt or the jacket. The fabric is amazing and I'm sure anything you make will be gorgeous!

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  3. I like simple designs with fabric like that as it allows the fabric to talk. So am all for the jacket and a little pencil skirt. Failing that throw the jacket with jeans or black pants like you said. Your fabric colour appears more vibrant so am definitely for the simple style. It will be lovely whatever you choose. Look forward to seeing it.

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  4. Full palazzo pants, lined, with welted pockets...no wait, that's what I want to make...

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  5. I immediately thought short jacket. It would be very versatile.

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  6. yikes. it IS next sunday, isn't it... the color is gorgeous. i'd say go with your first instinct, especially if your first instincts are historically good :)

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  7. A short, tailored jacket would be lovely - the fabric is beautiful, vibrant - love the colours! The print is almost textural so there's no reason you couldn't wear it regularly :)

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  8. Hi Marina,
    I think the fabric print is beautiful, AND I think it is might not be your favorite colorway, which may be part of the reason you did not immediately "see" it as a possibility for your wardrobe. (I am saying this of course because you and I appear to have the same coloring and I never wear brown or orange! ;-)

    So if I had this fabric, I might make it into a wonderful weekender tote with leather handles and accents (LOVE all the bags in http://www.amazon.com/Carry-Me-Yuka-Koshizen/dp/1596681845/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348254220&sr=8-1&keywords=carry+me). Or possibly a short swing coat - something with mroe volume than a short coat to show off the print a bit more - that I would then gift to someone who wore lots of brown. :-) Or maybe I would try layering black silk organza on top to change the colorway into something that would mix with the rest of my wardrobe better - and then still make a short swing coat.

    I love how challenges stretch our thinking!

    Maris

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  9. My vote is a short, simple jacket.

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  10. Amazing, gorgeous fabric. I would snap that up in a minute if I were in NYC. In fact, the next time I'm there I'm going to see if they still have it!

    I vote for a short boxy jacket as well. Imagine how well it would go with a neutral bottom like khaki trousers and a bright blouse.

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  11. Another vote for the short jacket/pencil skirt option. This will be stunning!

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  12. Definitely short jacket with skirt. It will look amazing and I love the colour.

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  13. What does the reverse look like? It might make an interesting unlined shawl collar on a short jacket.

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  14. I like the short jacket and pencil skirt idea, but I would like a knee-length coat in it. as well. Gorgeous fabric, and so great that you found photos of the collection where Etro used it (or another fabric almost like it)! I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with it.

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  15. I would make a a Knee-lenght TIGHT dress with sleeves below the elbow. Elegant for this fall-winter.

    http://myfashionbreak.blogspot.com.es/

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  16. I definitely think short jacket which would look great with jeans or pencil skirt

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  17. I would do a simple dress to showcase the fabric and your silhouette.

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  18. Gorgeous fabric. As it's heavy and you don't want to make a coat I think a jacket would make most sense.

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  19. Any simple unadorned garment with And if even a small amount is left a nice lumbar pillow for a dark leather chair.

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  20. Gorgeous. I cannot wait to see what you make :)

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  21. How about the new Colette Patterns Anise jacket? It's got some nice shaping through the back, but no seams on the front to break up the print. Whatever you make, good luck with the pattern matching!
    By the way, what do you think is going on with those funny pleats on the Etro coat? I'd love to replicate that.
    Meg.

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  22. I vote for a jacket with huge collar but with a little bit of tailoring as opposed to the boxy look...but I would tame that print with a black wool, used in a color block style. (i.e. making the sleeves of the jacket out of black with the last 3 inches of the sleeve with another splash of paisley.) Just an idea

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  23. I definitely vote for the jacket - I think it would look great with all of the outfit possibilities you described and the fabric could shine without overpowering an ensemble. The colors in the fabric are stunning and definitely the hues of autumn!

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  24. I am a total and absolute fan of paisley. O do not butcher, keep the purity of that pattern and go for a simple, simple, simple coat. The fabric is awesome !!

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  25. Hi Marina and WOW! Good luck meeting that deadline. Your jacket will be simply stunning.
    Thanks for being a part of Blogtoberfest, hosted by Cathy aka {tinniegirl} last year. Thought you might be interested to know that we're running it again in 2012. You can find all the info at: http://isawyoudancing.blogspot.com.au/p/blogtoberfest-2012.html
    And we're kicking off this Monday! Would love to see you there.
    Kat xxx

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  26. That fabric is very, very pretty and a straightforward jacket seems like a good way to use it.

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  27. Jacket definitely . That would be so wearable . It is REALY beautiful fabric.

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  28. Lurve that longer jacket too. That sleeve length always stumps me though. If it's cold enough to wear a jacket, you need long sleeves right?

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  29. What a stunning fabric! Looking forward to seeing the finished project!

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  30. I think we'll be seeing interest in many more fabrics of that very sort, due to the Anna Karenina movie and a trend in interest for Russian-inspired style.

    Your plans for the three-quarter sleeve top of an earlier post makes me want the same type of garment. And, I loved peering into your well-organized fabric compartments.

    You have just the sort of commentary I'm looking for at Toile La La.

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