Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Art Inspiration: Daughter of Man

So this week Project Run and Play started All Stars week.  The theme of the week is Art Inspiration.   This is the second outfit I made.   I loved the first one, but for something different.  So I went back to the painting I had originally wanted to do but couldn't figure out how to make it work.  
I chose the painting "Son of Man" by Rene Magritte painted in 1946.  It is one of my favorite paintings for its story and just plain oddness.
So after extensive thought this is what I came up with
I used the idea of a suit and made it for a girl with a circle skirt and a ruffled vest.  I had been blog trolling and found Shwin and Shwin's post on the "vest of friends".  It inspired me to make the ruffled vest to go with this outfit.
I used some wool dressy material that I had found at a garage sale a year ago.  To bring in the idea of the green apple I used a sheet I got for $1 at the Goodwill to do all of the lining, the waistbandm, and the apple applique on the front of the skirt. 
Then I knew that I needed to make a red tie.  I followed the tutorial from I'm Sharing the Wealth and used one of my son's ties as a pattern.  I wanted it to be long to bring in another dramatic piece.   To keep the front part of the tie attached to the back part I used a button as a faux tie tack. 
I didn't have the time to make a shirt, so I used one that I had in Aria's closet that I had gotton on clearance.  It worked perfectly and saved me a little bit of time!
Lastly, I had to make a bowler hat, since finding one wasn't going to happen.   I make a three dimensional one using stiff felt and put a green and red bow with buttons on it. 
Aria loves the outfit and is still wearing it!


  1. Loved it! I've just started following you, loved the things you've been doing! =D

  2. This came out really cute--i LOVE the vest!

  3. I really like the ruffled vest. I want to try one soon for my granddaughter. I love the quirky tie...and your daughter is showing some real attitude as she models the outfit. I's say that this is a winner!

  4. What a great idea! I love vests and ties on little girls. Too cute!

  5. The outfit is a wonderful and wearable interpretation of the painting! Bravo!

  6. That vest is really cool! I love the whole look. Great job!

  7. Margritte is one of my absolute favorite artists!!! I've seen a lot of his work in person and I just love it.
    Fun out outfit and fun photos! So great!!!