Remember back in October when I asked you if you
wanted to score some free Double D?
. .. All you had to do was send in your design ideas and if I used something in the collection, then you could add another piece of Double D Ranch to your closet compliments of DDR.
We got some really great ideas. Here are the ones we used:
1. A-Line Trench Coat
Ann Parker said she wanted an A-line Trench Coat in a cotton/wool mix with traditional western detailing. So we started out with a simple a-line duster, dipped the back hem, and by the time we got through 'Double D-ing it up" we ended up with our Boquillas Duster.
One of my favorite bloggers, Cathryn over at Farmer's Trophy Wife, sent me the suggestion of a classic peacoat. Cathryn is known for fashionably sloshing around in rubber boots & Chanel at her husband's 3rd generation cattle operation in Canada with two kids in tow and one on the way. So when Cathryn wanted a peacoat to accessorize with her barn boots, but still look fabulous we created the Badlands Peacoat at her suggestion.
Classic it is not - FABULOUS it is!
3. Paisley Dress to wear under Great Jackets
Ashley Stout loves paisley dresses and describes her personal style as 'gaudy but glamorous'. She wanted something fun to wear under great jackets. Here is our take on Ashley's request - we kept it sleeveless so it pairs with some of our killer biker jackets this season. .
4. Embroidery Inspiration from Family Heritage
This is my favorite - Ann (college friend & sorority sis) sent me a snapshot from her family's recent visit to the island of Patmos, Greece. Ann's family has Greek heritage and this was the first time Ann had ever gotten to see where her grandparents were from. (read exciting but emotional) Anyway, while she was there she picked up a wonderful cross-shaped wallhanging. The shop owner explained the symbolism behind the piece,
John (as in John the disciple who wrote the Book of Revelation while there on the isle of Patmos) was referred to as the 'Eagle of Patmos' and 'John the Seer'.
If you look at Ann's wall hanging you can see John's eagle motif as well as the blue 'evil seeing eye' stones said to ward off evil. Ann thought this would make a perfect embroidery motif for one of Double D Ranch's tees and we think she was right! PS: sorry I didn't get this one photographed for the web - you can see it in stores, though. .