Project de.

Project de. is my promise to create 1 beautiful garment a month, for the entire year. I am so inspired by the world around me, I want to use this inspiration to create. So here is the product of my monthly musings…


JANUARY DESIGN: Angular Leather Skirt

Today marks the official return of Project de. – my vow to make one new garment every month for the entire year. For January I decided to make a not-so-basic black leather skirt. Keeping the length short , with a layered look makes it versatile to dress up or down. I’ve obsessed over angular hems recently so incorporating them into this leather skirt was a no brainer.

Two weeks into the New Year and I am keeping up my resolutions! Not only did I make this leather skirt, but I also put my outfit together with older pieces from my wardrobe – a favorite Madewell sweater, vintage belt, Cynthia Rowley tights (shear in the front and solid in the back, love the 60’s vibe and the practicality), with my LD Tuttle boots.

Christina DeSmet Angular Leather Skirt Design - Project de

Christina DeSmet Angular Leather Skirt Design - Project de

Christina DeSmet Angular Leather Skirt Design - Project de

Christina DeSmet Angular Leather Skirt Design - Project de

Christina DeSmet Angular Leather Skirt Design - Project de

Christina DeSmet Angular Leather Skirt Design - Project de

Christina DeSmet Angular Leather Skirt Design - Project de



Cut from the cloth of vintage goods, this top has a slightly cropped silhouette with side slits and bow cuffs.

This marks the end of the first year of Project de. I successfully made 1 garment a month this year. Realizing that it keeps me creative, and keeps my knowledge of construction, pattern making and draping up to par, I have decided to continue for 2012!  For a roundup of all the garments I made in 2011, visit Project de.

Happy New Year!

(Inspirational images from here, here, here, here, here.)


Delicate diamond pointelle jersey makes for a perfectly draped skirt. Worn with a belt and an oversized tee, this skirt is as easy to wear as your favorite jeans.

(Images from here, here, here, here)


I’ve had this plaid fabric for years and I could never decide what to make out of it, until now! Putting a twist on a basic plaid shirt, with dolman sleeves and a slightly cropped silhouette. I love the colors in this plaid, black, navy and grey. I wore it with a simple dark pair of jeans, a statement necklace and a set of silver cuff bracelets to top it off.

I have some more yardage left, so maybe I will make a dress out of this fabric next… stay tuned!

(all images from DeSmitten)


I am experimenting with new simply draped silhouettes lately, and this dress was no exception. Using a basic neckline shape, but playing with the balance and cut of the pattern, I was able to create this asymmetrical dress. I cut certain drastic angels that fell into a strategically placed drape. I used 4-ply silk crepe, which has a nice weight and drape to it.

I wore this dress to a Halloween/Black Tie wedding

(inspiration images from here. here. here. herehere.)


Loving the colorblock trend that took over Spring and is hanging around for Fall, I thought it needed a bit of an update. I used a geo printed upholstery (which I bought at the Domino Magazine close out sale) at the center of a graphic black (waistband) and white frame (side panels). Utterly seasonless, I will wear this skirt into next Spring (since clearly color blocking isn’t going anywhere)!


(license plate.skirt.  textile. bike.  asian patterns.)

JULY DESIGN: Asymmetrical Birch

Continuing my draping experiment,  I made this light weight jersey top with asymmetrical silhouette and braided strap. Inspired by the hot city summer, and the much-needed summer get-a-ways to the country… The fabric is a slub rayon jersey which has a similar texture to the birch tree but the silhouette more suitable to wear in the city.

 (flowers.  photo. trees)

JUNE DESIGN: Star and Stripes

American textiles, interior finishes and quilts have been on my mind lately. When I was growing up, my grandma was always working on a quilt. The one she made me has been on my bed since I was 13. It is worn in and fabulously comfortable. I made this top from a red and muslin striped crinkle gauze. It has the same feeling as my quilt, worn to perfection.  The silhouette is reminiscent of a star, and I folded the back details and stitched it down to create texture.

(striped rug, woven rug, background textile, quilts image, interior, editorial)

MAY DESIGN: Leather Collar Dress

Inspired by poppy floral printed china silk and Bridgette Bardot’s style in the 1960’s ,  I designed this asymmetrical leather collared dress for a wedding that I went to in Ireland.

(images here and here)


Inspired by the wavy stripe of the silk charmeuse fabric I bought over a year ago and by the nuptials of my friends who were just wed on the beach… The organic movement of the stripes mimic the ocean waves. I wore this dress to their wedding and had a blast! The tropical vacation was much-needed!

 This is the first dress I have draped in a while, I usually make flat patterns. I think for asymmetrical garments, it is faster to drape than to make the pattern.

*note that I used the wrong side of the silk charmeuse fabric to have a more matte finish. I thought the stripes, draping and seaming would have been too much in shiny charmeuse.

 MARCH DESIGN: Color-Cut Dress

 I was continually inspired by earthy tones and textures this month… I made this cut-out color block dress using crinkle gauze and cheesecloth… A perfectly easy dress to wear to a music festival this summer!

(images: tea dye. colors of music. gelato. dolls. colors of cuba.)

FEBRUARY DESIGN: Linear Blocked Top

Inspired by the lines in the streets I pass over everyday, I designed this Linear Blocked Top. I turned to the photographs of Alice Rosati and Eliot Lee Hazel for color direction; almost army green, dusty peach and simple ivory.

A loose-fitting, easy to wear top that I will most likely live in, come Spring.

 JANUARY DESIGN: Softly Structured

 Folded flowers, textured sidewalks and structured filters inspired this season-less top.

 (images: my own. bloom.)

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