A Double Dog Dare!

 Yes, I have been stalling on my September white shirt post.  I made my September shirt as part of our Threads Digital Ambassadors' Challenge this year.  Threads invited us to make an outfit/garment using a designer of our choice as the inspiration.  Now that the articles have been posted on the Threads website, I can share my shirt here.

We were asked to write three different posts about 1. the designer we chose, 2. the way we interpreted the designer in our design and 3. a technique that we used in making the garment.  I will send you to those posts on the Threads site rather than redo them here.  The four inspirations are very different, but very much reflective of their authors.  It is really fun to see them as a group.

I chose Isabel Marant for my designer and this was my inspiration image.

Marant's designs are often dripping in lace and layers...very different from the things I make and wear.  I am intrigued by her use of textures and mixing of different materials to create her garments.  It was definitely a challenge to use her as my inspiration.

I chose Isabel Marant because she seems to strike a balance between very feminine, and surprisingly masculine elements in her work.  Her garments are over-the-top lacy, yet they are anchored in strength with broad, exaggerated shoulder lines and wide leather belts.  I had a really tough time figuring out how to make a garment that was inspired by the very lacy Marant garments, without using lace!   I had a huge collection of lace but just couldn't get it to feel like me.  I ended up doing a faggot stitched vest worn over a layered tunic with raw edge details.  I wrote much more about the inspiration and the final design in the Threads posts, so please take a look over there for more of the gory details!

Here is my final design.  The folks over at Threads took some lovely pictures that they sent for me to show here.  (They always make my things look so good.) 

So this is my September white shirt.  I knew that it would take a bit more time than some of the other months and that is why I wanted to figure out a way to make a twofer.  Something that would be part of the Threads challenge and also part of my monthly white shirt challenge.  

I also made a little video of me dancing around on my new deck with my Isabel Marant outfit....kind of corny, but you can see that over at Threads as well.  HERE is a link to the Threads article.

So now I move on to October.  It has been quite warm this month so far, so I may not be moving into fall quite yet...we'll see.  


  1. Looking like a great fall outfit.

  2. Looks like a great fall outfit, when summer weather moves out.

    1. I feel very "dancey" when I wear it. Kind of like when I was a little girly and had a "twirly" skirt! I like the vest with other shirts as well.

  3. Your design is very impressive...how you took the original design elements and interpreted them into a garment for yourself...very successfully. You shared "the thinking" part of making in an understandable way - the parts that made the whole. Your sleeve piping (inside out?) is something I’d like to try with a knit shirt...maybe using the pattern (the name escapes me at the moment) and some wool jersey I felted several years ago, ask myself "what would Becky see?" and hope I can make a garment that is me, that makes me happy and comfortable to wear. I'm thinking...your process helps me think.

    1. I'm so glad my ramblings were helpful. I usually can't articulate my thinking very well because often I'm not sure it was thought out before it becomes something. This challenge was about translating someone else's design thinking into something of my own. I had to be more aware of what I was using and what I was leaving. Can't wait to see your interpretation.