When I heard about the theme proposed for this first week I knew right away that I wanted to use my city, Barcelona, as an inspiration for my designs. Then came the most difficult part. How would I translate all that Barcelona has to offer to the people that visit it into clothes? It crossed my mind to sew something based on a building or an iconic site but somehow that seemed too obvious to me. After thinking about it more, I decided that the clothes I created would be inspired by the personality of the city. Barcelona is a modern, open and inclusive city that cares about the environment, worries about its history and offers a safe home for new companies and startups to investigate, create, design and invent for the future of all. The thousands of people who visit us find that Barcelona is a welcoming, prejudice-free place that has good food, good weather and hundreds of activities so as not to get bored for a minute.
I have created two complete outfits, one for my daughter and one for my son. These garments are comfortable but do not lose their urban chic point. They are easy to wear and created with fabrics such as tencel or viscose, both are fresh and have bright colors. For my daughter I have draft a basic tank top with two diagonal seams to draw some interest, the tank is sewn in yellow viscose. I designed the skirt by mixing the Oliver and S “Lunch Box Culottes” pattern with a full circle skirt, to create this garment that looks like a very short skirt but is as comfortable as shorts. It has an elastic waistband for extra comfort. The fabric that I chose for the skirt is the same as the top but in a sky blue tone. Her outfit looks very sporty because I wanted to pay a small tribute to the Olympic Games of Barcelona 1992, from which the city went through a gigantic change and began to become the modern city that it is now.
For my son I took the pattern of a basic T-shirt and I drew a faux envelope neckline, this type of neckline I love for babies and for older children. I sewn it in a fun knit tencel crepe. The pattern of the trousers is a modification of the Sisa Patterns Veronica trousers changing the waistband, adding hidden side pockets, and faux back welt pockets. It is sewn in deep green viscose. These type of pants are very fun rolled up! All the fabrics are from the next spring-summer collection of Chat Chocolat (Belgium). The spring-summer collection is called “Let’s party” and includes 3 prints, 2 on Tencel jersey (1 small and 1 XL print) and 1 on French Terry, in white and in almond. The collection exists also of 5 viscose woven fabrics in solid colors: greyblue, blue, dark green, yellow and orange. I have to confess that I adore viscose drape and colors but I really had a hard time sewing those extra thin fabrics.
All the garments are simple, as I like them, but full of details that make them special. I have added some labels in “faux leather” in which I have stamped an emblematic symbol of the city: its flower-shaped tiles. The photographs are taken in the wonderful Park Güell, by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí, built in 1900 and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You must visit this park if you are in Barcelona.
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