The Pant I Wore To Oscar De La Renta

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Note to self: Wear lighter colors or stand in brighter areas when taking photos.

I made a pair of pants just for the Oscar De La Renta Spring 2014 show.

My inspiration: Oscar De La Renta and Spanish influence

THE PROCESS

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Pattern # V7881 from voguepatterns.mccall.com

I chose a pattern from the Claire Schaeffer’s Custom Couture Collection – V7881 – from Voguepattern.com. She published an excellent book called “Couture Sewing Techniques”, which I used ALL the time while at Parsons and after. I highly recommend this book. When I discovered that Vogue Pattern collaborated with her, I was all over it. Sure enough, the pant fit beautifully.

I chose a pattern one size smaller in the waist and hip area so that I could grade up. If you aren’t too sure how to go up a size, I recommend getting the pattern a size bigger. During your muslin fitting, you can reduce it in the areas you need.

I went to Mood Fabric on 37th Street and found a charcoal colored wool fabric from Giorgio Armani. Originally, I wanted to make a pair of kelly green pants, but decided against it. I felt I would wear darker colors more often than a bold green. I also found the Carolina Herrera lace from Mood.

I followed the instructions exactly how they were written. It’s important to trace every part of the pattern, whether if it’s thread tracing or chalk. I used thread tracing 99% of the time and chalk 1%. Though it was tedious, it was worth it. For sure.

The only difference is that I added lace to the sides before I sewed up the inseams of the pant. I hand sewed it because I don’t have an applique machine. I also used hook & eyes for closure instead of buttons.

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Et voila! You have yourself a bespoke pair of pants! Finishing the insides wasn’t said in the pattern instructions. I suggest bias binding or add lining.

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I wore them with a Zara one pocket shirt with epaulets, a Zara necklace, and vintage Oscar De La Renta heels that my sweet Paul surprised me with.

Tomorrow, I’ll have more about the show itself. Stay tuned! xoxo

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7.23 : Shirt

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That’s me and Paul, my boyfriend. We’re waiting for the show to begin, the first of many tools to promote the record that he produced – Red Hot+FELA. It was AWESOME and I am so proud of him. The very first song began and the crowd went crazy. Security couldn’t control the audience that night. To top it all off, I finished the shirt I custom made for him, just in time for his birthday -7/23. He wore it during the show and it makes my heart melt to know that he loves it.

Originally, I was going to make a boyfriend shirt, something for me to steal from his closet. During the process, I realized that his style just isn’t the same as mine, so I customized the shirt to him. After all, I wanted to give him a special birthday present, and it wouldn’t have been cool if I made it to suit my style. Don’t get me wrong, I love his style, but it’s for him.

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All the details were carefully chosen, from the fabric to the buttons to the thread color.

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I briefly explained the process in my previous post, when I thought that there was no way I would complete the shirt by his birthday. Clearly, I became obsessive and finished it. I also couldn’t have done it without the help of Jonathan Embroidery, one of the only places in the NY Garment District that makes buttonholes.

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Here, Paul is introducing the show. Photo on the right was taken by David Andrako

I used a Kwik Sew Pattern, #3883 as the foundation. Aside from changing the fabric, I altered the pattern a little by adding a navy panel to the pocket.  For the rest of the pocket, I had cut it on bias, and did the same for the back yoke. I also didn’t top stitch the entire collar and the cuffs, as the instructions say to do. I didn’t find it necessary and felt it took away the sharpness of the shirt. The inside was finished with french seams and bias binding with contrasting fabric at the armholes.

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Photo Credit: David Andrako

Can you find Paul in this photo?

Best. Show. Ever.

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NEXT PROJECT: It’s going to be a surprise because I don’t know even know!! All I know  is that it will have clean lines  with details and intricate craftsmanship. I’m taking it back to my roots, yo. 

In the meantime, I just found out about Bloglovin’ . I’m a little behind in time. I would absolutely love it if you added Patterned After to your stream, but hey, I’m not complaining. I am happy that you’re here reading it and thank you! 

Stay tuned and see you very soon x