What We Created Today

November 12, 2012 — 32 Comments

Last week, I announced my participation in a contest called “What Will You Create Today?”. I partnered with the lovely and industrious Jentine for a week of shopping, painting, pinning and picture-taking. Today, we’re done creating and ready to show off the fruits of our labour (and maybe, if you’re feeling generous, pander for some votes?).

For our project, we wanted to touch on all the things we love about Ottawa Street in one sophisticated ensemble. We created alook that’s a combination of new, old, and hand-made – which is Ottawa Street in a nutshell. Our search began with a blank canvas: white cotton, ready to be pinned, sewed, and painted. We purchased the fabric from Discount Fabric, and then purchased our fastenings and fabric dye from Fabricland. Next up, we searched through the racks at Revolving Closet, and sourced a vintage black dress, that we would eventually modify into a blouse.

We returned home with our materials, and spent the next few days collecting ideas, assembling pin-boards of our vision, and creating our garments. First, Jentine sewed the skirt, and then we hand-painted it with our fabric dye. This may sound all kinds of cheesy, but this contest sort of re-awakened me to the social benefits of being creative. More often then not, I gather with my friends to eat, drink, and watch The Bachelor. But this time around, we met to sew and paint. There was something so pleasant about sitting Jen’s table, surrounding by fabric, little bowls of dye, paint brushes, and cats, just chatting the hours away.

For the pattern on the skirt, we were inspired by this image: a Hamilton skyline tattoo! We decided that abstractly referencing that skyline on our skirt would be the perfect way to pay homage to our great city. We also used that skyline as the backdrop for photographing our ensemble. The photo shoot in itself was way too fun. I channeled my inner art-director (sporting my Dior blazer), and insisted Jen spin until she puke (“SPIN FASTER!”). And she delivered! (On the spinning, not the puke). Look at that skirt move. Even if she had puked, it’d be worth it.

The look was finished with a vintage necklace and ring from Antique Avenue for some added sparkle, and a simple clutch from the not-yet opened Orange Tree Boutique (which will be a beautiful space!).

We’re thrilled with the end result, but even beyond the finished product, we loved the opportunity to visit so many of Ottawa Street’s retailers. They were helpful, encouraging, and always friendly. If you feel so inclined, head over here to cast your vote for your favourite blonde-haired duo at entry #4. Obviously, we’d like to be the victors, but we’d love to donate $1000 to the Alzheimer’s Society. You can help us do both. Happy voting!

UPDATE: WE DID IT! Actually, YOU DID IT! All you votes made us the winners of the WWYCT Challenge. THANK YOU!!!

32 responses to What We Created Today

  1. 

    Wow, the skirt looks amazing! The whole ensemble is beautiful and you guys are too cute together! Go dutchies!

    Like

  2. 
    vintagefrenchchic November 12, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Awesome job! Love the overall look.

    Like

  3. 

    I was seeing this on instagram all week and dying to see the finished product. It looks amazing! also the backdrop is too cute. Great job ladies!

    xo danni

    http://hellodenj.blogspot.ca/

    Like

  4. 

    This pose is all kinds of awesome, showing love for your city and massive amounts of creativity- LOVE IT! (and voted!)

    Like

  5. 

    Hi! I am a regular reader at myedit and popped over for a visit. You have both done a wonderful job with this project. Kudos for the art direction too! Wherever did you get such a large chalk background. Love it! Look forward to reading some additional posts.

    Sue

    http://www.acolourfulcanvas.blogspot.com

    Like

  6. 

    I love it! The skirt is so pretty and I love that the inspiration for the dye job is your skyline, very cool. I voted 🙂

    Like

  7. 

    love that you were inspired by my tattoo! kudos! super cool.

    Like

  8. 

    Wow! How beautiful!!! I love everything about this! I’m heading over to vote for you right now!
    Beth

    Like

  9. 

    You got my vote! This is all kinds of wonderful – bravo to you and Jentine! Now who gets to keep the skirt?

    Like

  10. 

    I did almost puke my Diet Coke everywhere!
    Oh Julie, you are invited over anytime to paint in my dining room…

    Like

  11. 

    You two ladies are just the coolest!

    Like

  12. 

    Love you both, and you are soooo winning. Also why don’t you and Jentine mass produce this skirt and sell it to all of us. It’s beautiful!!

    Like

  13. 

    Voted for you. GREAT outfit!! Will there be a tutorial for the skirt in the future? (Pretty please!)

    Like

  14. 

    so cool! the way the skirt flows is just amazing. congrats ladies

    Like

  15. 

    i want this skirt! 🙂 p.s. totally just voted for you.

    Like

  16. 

    You guys did such a great job! That skirt is so fabulous. I really hope you guys win. 🙂

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

    Like

  17. 

    Love this! I voted for you 71% as of 11/17 so everyone else must love also! Good luck!

    Like

  18. 

    Absolutely stunning – hope you win. I want that skirt!!! 🙂

    http://www.mancunianvintage.com

    Like

  19. 

    I LOVE the whole outfit, the skirt is just amazing, can’t beleive you made it. I want to make one now. And the blouse is beautiful.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s