The Closet Cried, Proud Mary

Sometimes I peruse through my closet finding items that reminds me of the beginning stages, schooling, craft time in the workshop and historical art influences. This jacket is one of them! This was probably the second jacket in design school that I ever made. Of course, viewing it now I see things that I would alter, and perhaps different panels or button options that I'd suggest to myself.

But, the funny thing about going through your past work as an artist is that it evokes a certain period in one's life. When I analysed specific areas of the jacket I could see what my initial strengths were as well as my weaknesses as a pupil. I even remember what I was going through in the midst of the assignment.
The amusing chortle that came from my room as I discovered this jacket deeply set the following mood ... one filled with contentment and thankfulness of collegiate completion. Fortunately, life has a wonderful way of revealing to us our humble beginnings, therefore we should not be ashamed nor shy of how things initially start out. Whether it be life choices or like this, a design project; it is the finishing, the striving, and the active doing that makes all of the difference.

So, I decided to wear this jacket out with pride, because it fits and it's finished! Proud Mary, I called this jacket, as it's brought nothing but confident smiles to my face today.

Do you have a piece of art, or anything that you've made in the past that's brought you joy?

The goods: Black cut out belt-Ladyofashion, Satin embroidered jacket-Ladyofashion, Shoes-BCBG, Belt-Ladyofashion (made from guitar strap), Handbag-vintage, Denim jeans-Cheap Monday.
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  1. SACRAMENTO Amate26 November, 2011

    Wonderful jacket. How clever of you to make it.
    It fits so beautifully.
    have a grand weekend, dear Madison.
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  2. you should wear this jacket with pride, it looks perfect on you! love the combination with the black and of course the stunning belt! and what i love even more are the stylish shoes, superb combination 

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  3. You are so killing it with this outfit! That jacket, those shoes, that bag, that belt...you just look incredible!  :)

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  4. Very Asian inspired... go see what I wore for Thanksgivnig.. One of my first outfit posts.. I'm kinda nervous lol

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  5. You look lovely. I love your jacket!!

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  6. That jacket is beautiful! I love the way it fits on you and the color is so bright and ...proud!

    I am very critical of my art- I see past creations and cringe- but acknowledge that without those pieces, the present me would not exist.

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  7. What a great jacket, especially that you made it! Adoring the guitar strap belt too, adds such an interest to the outfit!

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  8. I saw, loved your post, and congrats on it being your first and such a great outfit. Thank you for your comment, love! xo

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  9. Aww, thank you! I definitely was feeling the nostalgia wearing this jacket. -xx Enjoy your weekend. 

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  10. Thank you Bella! Yes, I agree, art and creations from our past shapes us into the person that we are presently... Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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  11. You should be proud that is abs fabulous - i love you in it - so beautiful x

    http://fashionandfrank.blogspot.com/

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  12. Beautiful jacket - it looks wonderful! There was a time in high school when I wanted to be a fashion designer & took a pre-college course at FIT for patternmaking/sewing. I totally sucked (& still suck) at it, but I created a simple checked pencil skirt - and I'm definitely proud of it! haha.

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  13. Madison--- I really appreciated this post.  I am the type of person who cringes at my early projects (not design, but other things).  I think I need to reexamine them as you have you, with an understanding and a bit of nostalgia... 

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  14. Great post! Isn't it funny how clothing has such an ability evoke memories and emotion. I can totally relate to this post. And you should be proud of this piece. The colour is gorgeous and it fits you impeccably! You look gorgeous. I love your smile in the last shot! I can be incredibly critical of myself and this post has given me much food for thought. xo

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  15. Well, considering that constructing a jacket is not an easy feat, I'd be especially proud of that jacket! It looks gorgeous on you.

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  16. Thank you Audrey, wow that's so good to hear that you took courses, I had no idea.  Yes, the interesting part about attending design school is that the large number of students that I started with decreased severely after the actually design sessions took place. I guess they found our there was more work than play at times! lol

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  17. Thank you dear! Yes, I've leaned to love this jacket very much.

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  18. Thanks so much! Glad that you liked it as well.

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  19. Madison, you should be a proud mama, this is a great second offspring of creativity!
    Love the color and the fit of it and of course you accessorized it perfectly!
    Have a lovely week, 

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  20. The Dainty Doll's House28 November, 2011

    That jacket is amazing, what a talent you have!! I love when I find things in my closet like that, that have great memories :)) And I do have art that gives great memories too!! I hope you have a great week :) xx

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  21. You look so cute! That jacket is gorge and that belt is so hot!!! Love this look!

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  22. That's a lot better than I could have ever made!

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  23. Proud Mary is an extraordinary piece in gorgeous color!:) It suits u perfect!!!  Great work hun!! kisses
    Jelena (glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com)

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  24. you;'re so clever and talented. Who would have thought of making a belt out of a guitar strap! Very chic chinoiserie jacket. I love the color. It's true that certain work reminds me of certain events just like what music does too. 

    mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  25. that is such a great jacket!

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  26. Oh to Be a Muse28 November, 2011

    i actually painted on canvas recently and that does give me joy. and i'm glad you're wearing this red jacket--i totally love this jacket with the belt.

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  27. Sick By Trend28 November, 2011

    what a beautiful jacket honey!

    xxwww.sickbytrend.com

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  28. You really know how to pull off colors and prints. I love this red on black with awesome belts combo. :)

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  29. You are just so stunning! 

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  30. WOW!! Gorgeous outfit!!You look fabulous!!
    You have such a nice blog,I looove your style!!
    I'm Your new fallower!!
    Take a look and if you like follow me, I’ll be waiting for you

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  31. Great jacket!  I love the color and the fit.

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  32. Thank you Brooke! So glad that you could relate to this post. Be proud of yourself, criticism can be okay at times, however there are times when we merely need to sit back and observe what we have accomplished. :)

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  33. Hi,
    Welcome! Thank you for the kind comment. 

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  34. Thank you hun, I love playing with colour.

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  35. :) Thanks Jelena dear, it means so much! xx

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  36. What a sweet thing to say! Thank you dear, yes my week's been great so far, Hope that you enjoy yours as well. xxoo :)

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  37. Yes, jackets are not exactly the easiest ... Hats off to you for noticing that. I'm happy to wear this piece. Thanks so much!  

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  38. Oh that's great Alexis. Sometimes, when I think a post only means something to me, I get beautiful comments like this. Thanks for showing the love. I find that we are often our toughest critics! 

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  39. Oh i love your musing on not being ashamed of your beginnings. It's a lovely sentiment and I think it's incredibly important in kind of every place in life. I don't have a craft item that I own anymore, I usually make things as gifts, but I did this painting for my brother a bazillion years ago and it hangs in his apartment and i completely remember having a friend of mine really skillfully help me make decisions about it and I smile :).
     

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  40. Oh Thank you Mongs, what a sweet compliment. I love music too!

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  41. Thank you Jamillah! I really appreciate your comment.
    That's incredibly nice that you created a painting, I'm sure your brother thinks of you every time he passes it.

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  42. So glad that you like it too Claire! Hope your week is going well dear.xxoo

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  43. I love the Asian inspiration of this jacket! I wouldn't change a thing! I love it the way it is!


    Shasie of Live
    Life in Style

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  44. Thanks so much Shasie, so glad that you like it too. Its a nostalgic favourite now!

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