Quitting

Today is the first Grand Prix after the summer break – in Spa, Belgium. But I won’t be ‘covering’ it – I decided to stop and not continue with my Formula 1 challenge.

There are many reasons for this: I don’t feel that inspired anymore, I won’t have a lot of time once the new semester starts, I miss the spontaneity with which I always created the clothes for the dolls. And I miss my smaller ones! There is only so much of my spare time I can use for making something for the dolls and this project takes up all of this time.

Really, I am sorry. I had such high hopes for this challenge and I hardly fulfilled them. I wanted to create full outfits, shoes and bags and jewellery and all, but instead I always barely finished one piece of clothing on time. Part of it was a lack of time (= bad planning) and the other part was the limit of my skills/lack of patience.

So, this challenge sadly ends today. I definitely had my fun imagining and sewing the outfits, but it ended up being too much for me. I still learned a lot during the whole process, one thing in particular: Planning is key, especially when you know you won’t always have as much time as you do right now. I’m really relieved now, and I’m looking forward to some more spontaneous sewing in the future. Never bite off more than you can chew!

Silverstone, Great Britain

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For me, British fashion is very eclectic. You have the traditional Savile Row tailoring on one side, with beautiful fabrics like tweed or herringbone. Very traditional, masculine, classic and elegant in a reserved way. And then famous designers come to my mind, like Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood – they have extraordinary, avant guarde and very innovative designs. But  they still root in these old traditions of patternmaking and tailoring and that’s something I find extremely fascinating.

But the main inspiration for this outfit came actually from a famous British story – Alice in Wonderland. While making the coat, I couldn’t stop thinking about the Mad Hatter – and added the huge tweed collar. The skirt is made out of some deep purple fabric I had in my stash and it has a copper and turquoise waistband as well as some turquoise stitching around the hem. The whole outfit looks a bit thrown together and motley – taking clues from different epochs, mixing silhouettes, colours and textures – but that is exactly what I was trying to achieve.

(Sadly, I didn’t even see this race (only a summary later) – my parents came over from Salzburg and we spent the afternoon visiting various castles surrounding Vienna. I tried to watch the livestream on my phone, but there was no reception… I hope I’ll have a chance to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix, but it’s my niece’s birthday… argh, family! :)

GB

GB

GB

GB

GB

Spielberg, Austria

spielberg

Austria, my home-country. What do I do? Should I do something very traditional? Should I look at Austrian designers? Should I do something purely inspired by the landscape again? Or the history?

I ended up creating something a little traditional, like using traditional fabrics and an ‘alpine’ colour palette, but the clothes themselves are actually quite fresh and modern. Adriana’s outfit consists of a pair of Lederhosen (not the traditional kind, though) and a crop top. The top is very boxy, but slightly gathered underneath the bust. It closes in the back with a snap button and a knot. I think that it evokes this traditional costume feeling, which I wanted to achieve, but at the same time it is a very fresh take at it, without being to literal or kitschy. Also, it is perfect for summer. Only the weather on Spielberg didn’t really play along today.

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spielberg

spielberg

spielberg

spielberg

Montreal, Canada

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When I think about Canada, I think about its specatcular landscape, wild, untamed nature, the Indian summer – all these clichés. For lack of better inspiration (and time! Time is always the biggest issue), I decided to look at what fashion designers did with and ended up being inspired by Dsquared’s autumn 2015 collection – they where my starting point for getting a feeling for this country and turning this vague ideas into clothes

Adriana wears a white eyelet dress with feather embellishments at the neckline. Again, a rather simple white dress… But they look good and are very quick to make – time is very short at the moment and the lack of it is really restricting me. I had great plans for Canada, but as so often these past weeks, I had to cut down and make something simple. Hopefully, this will change once the holidays begin…

Anyways, the dress is embellished with feathers, sequins and rhinestones and has a wide double-belt made out of faux velour and denim (recycled jeans!) There’s not much more to say about this dress, only that I hope more special outfits will follow… Next stop: Austria!

Montreal

Montreal

Montreal

Montreal

 

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco

For me, Monaco represents understated elegance, the jetset, chic and luxury. The people who stayed in the city made it famous as well as its history and the special location – just rocks and the sea, with buildings climbing up the hills, forming narrow streets and a specatcular view of the bay.

Adriana chose a very simple dress for the occasion, which is both practical and elegant and she can wear it to the beach (or yacht), the race and the party afterward. The whitework embroidery on the fabric really comes forward due to the very simple cut of the dress and is enhanced by a few pearls and rhinestones. It is simple and clean, yet very effective – the off-shoulder look adds to the whole elegant vibe I was going for.

Adriana just changes the bikini to proper underwear and adds a long blue scarf for the race – she will tie her hair up and accessorize the dress with some bold, gold jewellery and she’s ready for a night at the Casino.

Monaco

Monaco

monaco

monaco

Monaco

Monaco

Sachir, Bahrain

Bahrain

For the Bahrain outfit, I researched quite a bit about the country, the culture, the landscape and the political situation. The Bahrain Grand Prix was often controversial, protests accompanied it, especially in recent years. Still, Adriana decided to go, because of the challenge and she wouldn’t want to miss the race!

Adriana wears a long-sleeved, off-shoulder t-shirt, which has a sweetheart neckline, boxy fit and is cropped. She matches it with high waisted and (again) cropped culottes – a trend I don’t actually love, but I think they work in this outfit. The fabric is very lightweight and falls nicely and they look better in real life than here in the pictures. A scarf wrapped around her head completes the look.

It is a very simple outfit, the fabrics are everything. I tried to capture a kind of nomadic feeling, something Adriana might also wear for a night in a tent in the desert. Light fabrics, earth colours and a simple silhouette create  the effect I tried to achieve.

Bahrain

Bahrain

Bahrain

Bahrain

Bahrain

Shanghai, China

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The starting point for Adriana’s chinese look was jade. It played an important role in chinese history and I love it’s translucence and changing colours. Personally, I think that black matches the light pastel green perfectly and that started it all.

The dress has a simple A-line shape with a chinese inspired neckline and collar. To give it more depth and visual interest, I added different layers of different kinds of black fabric onto a satin base: Chiffon, georgette and netting. Next came the embroideries. Out of polymer clay (Fimo, in the colour ‘Jade’), I made several beads, ornaments and bracelets, which I then sewed onto the dress. Additionally, I used seed beads in two different shades of green, a bought flower ornament and leaf/flower-shaped sequins. I didn’t follow a pattern, I just randomly filled gaps and created shapes,  it was all very organic – that’s how I like it best :).

The embroidery on the back is also partly covered with two long strips of black netting, which remind me of dragonfly wings (another reference). Overall, the dress is very breezy, with the different layers shifting and moving constantly.

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china

china

china

china

china

china