Project de. is my vow to interpret the constant inspiration surrounding me and filter it to design and construct a single garment every month, for the entire year. I successfully completed this challenge in 2011, fell short of this challenge in 2014 and I am renewing my vow for 2014. These garments are a labor of love and a direct representation of my musings.
OCTOBER DESIGN: X XIV
I love a simple silhouette with a dramatic sleeve, enter my October design. Using the same double-faced, felted wool from last month’s Project de. design, I made a jacket perfect to wear on days like today. With an open front, cropped silhouette and exaggerated sleeve, there’s nothing I’d rather be wearing right now. Believe it or not, I still have more of this fabric, so don’t be surprised if you see it again next month, hehe.
SEPTEMBER DESIGN: IX XIV
As I explore new neutrals for Fall, my focus is set on light earth tones of clay, sand and stone. Structured fluidity defines my September design for Project de. Made of double-faced felted wool, the soft pleats reconfigure the human form. An ideal transitional top that can be worn alone or layered over turtlenecks and button up shirts come January. I intend on making more pieces in this fabric so stay tuned!
AUGUST DESIGN: VIII XIV
My Project de. August design was inspired by movement without constrictions. I focused on simple lines that formed interesting shapes when layered. The minimal silhouette hangs on the body with elegant ease and the delicate straps don’t distract from the dress. Made of 4-ply silk crêpe in a nude hue, the dress paired perfectly with my Céline sling backs.
JULY DESIGN: VII XIV
My Project de. July design was all about the fabric. I discovered this piece of raw linen while traveling a few weeks ago. I wanted to design something that highlighted the original selvedges adorned with blue stripes and orange stamps. The fabric felt very utilitarian, so I wanted to keep the silhouette relatively simple. With pleating details, open sides and contrast orange chain stitch around the raw edges, this style will wear well with age. It paired perfectly with my DIY Prada skinny silk scarf and my silk wide leg pants from Piamita.
JUNE DESIGN: VI XIV
My June design for Project de. is made of navy linen with a dark denim vibe, which is great for summer. Other details include a rounded shoulder seam, boxy silhouette and an abbreviated collar stand. As a petite person (I hate this word, but sometimes there is no other way to describe my short stature) I appreciate shorter shirts that don’t cover my behind. I love how this shirt pairs with my grey 6397 twisted seam jeans (other washes available at Barney’s and The Dreslyn) and nude Céline sling backs. This shirt will also work when tucked into high-waisted pieces, especially this leather skirt I made a few months ago. As you can tell, I have a lot of plans for this shirt.
I updated my shopping favorites on the sidebar today, including some great budget friendly pieces, so be sure to scroll through them!
MAY DESIGN: V XIV
May’s design for Project de. is another exploration of the apron dress, made in an open weave, raw linen that mimics a screen door… so fitting for summer. When I design clothing, I think about the relationship you have with the garment, do you interact with it, or simply put it on and go. This dress allows for interpretation and experimentation once the wearer slips into it, deciding how to tie the layers to fit your needs, or not to tie them at all, which affects the levels of transparency. I showcased two ways to wear this dress; 1- the front wrap skirt tied over the front of the dress and 2- the front wrap skirt tied under the front of the dress, but the possibilities are far greater. I wore this dress over shorts for now, but I look forward to wearing it with a white turtleneck underneath, skinny ankle pants and a blazer, come fall.
Oh, did you notice my new Robert Clergerie sandals? They work perfectly with this dress!
APRIL DESIGN: IV XIV
This month’s Project de. started out as a tunic, then after draping and re-draping, it turned into a below the knee dress… so much for planning right? I love the many different ways you can wear this dress, versatility is key when keeping a well-edited wardrobe. Made of a weighty, nubby blue fabric, I focused on pleating and structural elements like the stand up collar and square tie belt. It was nice to get back on the rooftop for photos today with true Spring weather that seemed like it was never going to show up. Yay for Spring!!
View the inspiration board for this design here.
MARCH DESIGNS: III XIV
The best part about separates is their versatility. When worn together (with my favorite Helmut Lang blazer) these pieces make a modern feminine tuxedo (check it on instagram if you haven’t already). I loved this look for attending a wedding, but I will get more wear out of these pieces when I mix them with other items from my closet. (Which I prematurely switched over to summer today).
Inspired by Victorian pajamas and tie back aprons, I designed a simple charmeuse top with delicate ties and squared off armholes. The shiny charmeuse top creates perfect contrast when worn with slightly slouchy boyfriend jeans and my favorite Marni mules.
Equally as easy, wearing the crepe-back satin skirt with minimalist sandals and a fitted white tee removes it from the evening wear category and straight into casual night out. With darts on the butt and easy pleats in the front, this skirt is sure to show off your shape.
FEBRUARY DESIGN: II XIV
Looking forward to Spring, but realizing we aren’t quite there yet, I designed a style that allows me to wear some of my spring dresses a little earlier this year. Made of structured felted wool, this angular style is warm and soft to the touch. Perfectly paired with this crisp white poplin dress from 3.1 Phillip Lim, it is an ideal layering piece to transition my winter wardrobe into spring. I can’t wait to wear it with high-waisted pants and over chiffon dresses. View my inspiration for this style here.
JANUARY DESIGN: I XIV
Made from silk crêpe de chine, I designed a style that has the soft ease of 1970’s glamour and infused the structure from the chunky chokers seen on the runways. Perfectly paired with high-waisted denim, the shorter back and longer front makes for an eye-catching silhouette whether you are coming or going.
JUNE GARMENT: Multifunctional Dress
A few months ago I tried on this amazing Electric Feathers Dress, and I fell in love with its versatility (you can wear it about 30+ different ways). Unfortunately, the one size fits most sizing, was much too big for me. So this month, instead of designing a new style, I decided to make myself a smaller version of this multifunctional dress, using yarn dyed linen. In the past few weeks I’ve worn this dress a handful of times, but I’ve always managed to tie it differently. It’s a perfect dress for traveling! See all the ways to wear it here.
MAY DESIGN: Structured Dome Top
In an effort to lighten up my summer wardrobe, I opted for optic white when making my May garment. Pleating this heavy white vintage canvas helped created the dramatic dome shape in the back, and allowed the front neckline to stand on its own. I’m loving the all white look for summer, although it would probably look better with a tan.
APRIL DESIGN: Cocoon Dress
If you remember my March Design, then you are probably sensing a pattern. I’ve been experimenting with new shapes and a new approach to design. Usually, I sketch the style I want to make, then I choose the fabric and draft a pattern. My design process is more organic now, by choosing only my fabric, I sit with my dress form and drape, letting the fabric guide me. Some days are all about trial and error, but when making this dress, it took form right away.
Worn with: Elizabeth & James Sunnies / Chloe Sandals
MARCH DESIGN: Geo V-Neck Vest
Spring has finally made it to Brooklyn! You can tell by the photos we took on our roof this morning- the sun is shining bright! For my March Project de. Design, I decided to experiment with a new silhouette made from simple shapes. I’m very happy with the outcome and can’t wait to wear this dress many times over this summer. I used a structured vintage fabric for this dress, although I think it would work in a softer silk as well. Enjoy your weekend and the official start of Spring!
FEBRUARY DESIGN: Double V-Neck Vest
As soon as February hits, wardrobe boredom sets in and the thought of dressing for Spring consumes my thoughts. Taking this into consideration for my February Project de. design, I went with a double v-neck loose vest with open side slits. Right now it works well layered over a classic button down and skinny jeans but come Spring/Summer, this piece will be a staple. I can already see myself wearing it over vintage slips, simple skirts and at the beach over my swimsuit.
JANUARY DESIGN: Angular Leather Skirt
Today marks the official return of Project de. – my vow to make one new garment every month for the entire year. For January I decided to make a not-so-basic black leather skirt. Keeping the length short , with a layered look makes it versatile to dress up or down. I’ve obsessed over angular hems recently so incorporating them into this leather skirt was a no brainer.
Two weeks into the New Year and I am keeping up my resolutions! Not only did I make this leather skirt, but I also put my outfit together with older pieces from my wardrobe – a favorite Madewell sweater, vintage belt, Cynthia Rowley tights (shear in the front and solid in the back, love the 60’s vibe and the practicality), with my LD Tuttle boots.
More Project de. this way…