In Fashion, Part 3

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With the last post in the ‘In Fashion’ series, we finally get to reveal Nancy’s first project for Pellon®! We’re loving this one and can’t wait to hear what you think! We’d originally intended to post this on March 17 for St. Patrick’s day, but thought that mid-week might be better timing. That said, this project has a special connection with the Irish holiday, mostly because designer Nancy Spaulding is, herself, Irish and has strong family ties in the Northern regions. She even has dual citizenship! The style of the cap, as you’ll see, pulls in elements of classic Irish attire with the strong attention to Tweeds. I have no doubt that this cap would make Nancy’s Irish family proud!

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Tell us a little about how your Wild Tweed Cap got started.
Well, prior to our meeting last summer, I had already pulled images from the trend service I use (WGSN), had started collecting fabrics and trims, and made a quick pattern to check fit and overall design. I had a rough prototype put together when we met. It was great to show you my “before and after” as you said you really liked the direction for this first fashion accessory project for Pellon®.

Can you explain a little about how your trend forecasting and design process led to the creation of the Wild Tweed Cap?
I first looked at trends in overall themes and then I looked at trends in hats. I then looked at trends in fabrics and that’s where it all started. I love animal prints and saw that they were, once again, a strong trend and wanted to see how I could mix formal tweeds/herringbones with the animal prints.

I then looked at color combos to get an idea about my color palette. I pulled together images that I felt reflected the “mood” of the season (which was for fall/winter), and then started working on the pattern and figuring out how I would construct and finish the design.

This cap design can be styled many ways to reflect another season. There are a myriad of ways to revamp the design.  As an example: I may create a new version of this pattern using black lace as an overlay for the main fabric.  Black lace and lace in general seem to be strong themes right now. Color blocking is still trending. How about a white lace overlay wedding cap for the more “sporty” bride? It’s endless and that’s the fun about being creative in fashion; you’ve always got something interesting to think about and visualize!

I hope the people who visit the Pellon website will like the project; it was fun!

Introducing… The Wild Tweed Cap

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Materials List
1/8-1/4 yard of each tweed, knit or corduroy fabric
1/2 yard lining fabric
One well-fitting baseball-style cap
1/4 yard Pellon® 72F Peltex® II Ultra-Firm
1/2 yard Pellon® 855F Tailor’s Elite™
1/4 yard Pellon® HC120F Fusible Hair Canvas (optional)
Button
Thread
2″ piece of 1/4″ elastic for back of cap
1/2″ double-fold bias tape or 1/2″ wide twill tape (optional)
Flower decoration (optional)

Tools List
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies

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[Model: Rachel Johnson]

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A free downloadable pdf for this project is available on our website — click here for the project page.

We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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