Project Sewn: Signature Style Challenge

Hey y’all! I can’t believe we’re at the finale already! When I started this journey I set out to create a new wardrobe for myself. I wanted to make pieces I could mix and match easily. So for the finale look I did just that. My signature style is effortless chic. I have 4 kids, so I don’t have time for anything complicated or fussy. I need pieces that I can throw on and run out the door and know I’m going to look fabulous.
Let’s start with the blouse shall we? I have one similar to this that is too tight in the waist and makes me feel self conscious, so I decided to show off one of my sewing strengths: using an existing piece as inspiration and improving it. The yoke of the blouse is a lovely chiffon that I pieced together. The bottom of the blouse is a knit blend (it’s vintage so I’m not entirely sure what’s in there!) It drapes beautifully and is not super stretchy. I drafted the pattern so that the blouse will skim over my mom-of-4 belly but still show off my waist. I made it tunic length so I can wear it with skinny jeans as well.

The color of the knit is my favorite shade of turquoise. This color is so me I had to include it in my signature look!

Now for the jeans! I used the Jamie Jeans pattern and modified it by widening the legs and adding an inch to the height of the waist. The pockets are so fun! Instead of using contrasting fabric for the pocket  panel I chose to use glitter ribbon. Why? I have no idea. But I love it. The inside of the pocket is the same Liberty of London fabric I used in the last challenge. 
I love the look of wide legged dark jeans. I know that some people would say they are a “don’t” for curvy girls, but if tailored correctly they can be really flattering. These fit me like a glove and I will probably wear them 3 times a week from now on!
Length is so important for wide legged pants. They should be hemmed to graze the floor, this makes the legs look miles long!
Finally, the bag. Oh my goodness, I love this bag. I pinned one similar to this on Pinterest a week ago and from the second I saw it I just knew I had to make one. I love clutches, but I have a lot of crap to carry around, so an oversized clutch is a great bag for me. I made it big enough that I can even fit my music folder for church choir in it! Score!
Make sure you follow me on Bloglovin, because in a few days I’ll be sharing the tutorial to make this bag! 
And, of course, please go over to Project Sewn and vote for your favorite Signature Style!

38 thoughts on “Project Sewn: Signature Style Challenge

  1. Alida, I totally dig this outfit on you! You are right about the shape of the jeans… totally flattering. And I love love love that little peek a boo strip of glitter!!!! Just enough!


  2. Love! I’m on the same boat with you… being a momma means most often being casual and comfy but not looking like I just rolled out of bed. Best of luck in the finals!!

  3. This outfit is fantastic! I love the jeans….they look amazing on you! Way to make it to the finals! I can’t even imagine the sleepless nights you’ve had……but I’ve voted for your looks all along! Definitely my fave style……classic & chic ;))

  4. That bag!!!!! And those pants!!!!! And that shirt!!!!! I love it all. You’ve totally hit your style spot on and I love that it is not only flattering and fun but also wearable on a daily basis. Lovely!

  5. I love it! Those jeans are perfect! I may have to make a couple for myself… I hate shopping for jeans and trousers because I seem to have a hard time finding ones that fit me well… And I can totally relate with your “effortless style” – it is my style! I’m a mom of 3 under 6…

  6. I like your style because it’s relate-able. I have 2 kids to chase after and it’s always a challenge to find clothes that help me feel put-together but don’t hold me back from my job as a mom. You really nailed it with this outfit. Congratulations!

  7. New reader (thanks PS for introducing me to your awesome blog!) and I just wanted to say that this outfit knocked it out of the park! as a curvy girl who has been hunting for years for the perfect dark wash wide-leg jeans, I am blown away by the fit of these! And that blue is perfection. I would wear the S out of this outfit.

  8. This outfit is amazing! In my books, you can’t go wrong with dark wash wide leg jeans and paired with that turquoise the look is stunning! And I want your hair, please?

  9. I just had to pop on over here today (after seeing this yesterday) and tell you that I LOVE this whole ensemble! It’s so wearable and it looks incredible. The aqua color does really fabulous things for you and you’ve done a fabulous job on those pants. And the bag is wonderful! This one hit it out of the ball park for me. I’m dying for that blouse! You don’t mind if icopyyoubecauseilovethis, right? Fabulous style lady! All my best for the last week!

  10. I loved your outfit on Project Sewn so much I had to hop on over and tell you how GREAT I think you look- and the clothes! I especially love that blouse and clutch and want my own!! The colors, the style, everything- Pure Perfection! As a mom of 4 too it is EXACTLY what I would want to wear! Congrats on a fabulous make! ~Laurie (Sew Exhausted)

  11. Just “found” you via project sewn. I love this look! I love the other two looks but they are So signature for those (awesome) ladies that they are a bit daunting. I saw yours and thought effortless and gorgeous. Great work!

  12. This outfit is so you, Alida! You’ve stayed true to your style throughout the whole competition. And how do you make it all fit so well!?!?! You’re such an inspiration!

  13. I love your outfit. It looks so amazing on you. I hope you win this challenge because your outfit looks like the best one and that most people would wear it themselves.

  14. I love your outfit. It looks amazing on you and I thought your bag was store bought when I saw it on project sewn. I liked your outfit the best so I hope you win the challenge.

  15. FLOORED!!!! I love that you are you, and that your clothes are so wearable and relate-able to another mom. The details are pristine and the style is so YOU! That bag is gorgeous too. And I need to try my hand at altering my Jamies to a wide leg too – curvy girls can SO wear wide leg, as you said, they just have to be the right fit.
    Hugs and awesome job all season!

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