The Fox



Jitka Pelíšková


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Other Credits

Photographer: Lenka Pešáková

Outline the story …

One October morning, a fox went for a walk in a foggy forest.

I decided to make an autumn-inspired outfit.
Autumn, that's when I feel the happiest.

For the pants I chose linen fabric in the colour of oak and beech leaves.
For the embroidery design of the suspenders, I got inspired by different colours of oak leaves and acorns.

My head has always reminded me of a horse chestnut so I decided to decorate it with a peel-shaped headpiece. I love freshly opened chestnuts.

The blouse made of sheer fabric and lace represents the autumn fog. It was a "nice to have" part of the project so I wanted to work with what I already had without buying any extra materials.

The goal was to try as many new things as possible, different kinds of material, techniques, textures, and tools. Have fun exploring. Take a walk into the forest of creativity.

I wanted to make garments I could wear on a daily basis or a wearable toile (the blouse) I could use for other garments later.

Taking autumn-themed photos in February was a bit of a challenge. On the morning of the photoshoot it started snowing. We decided to give it a go and use the lovely white background before the snow started melting. It is a spring/autumn outfit and the blouse is meant to be worn over a sleeveless top. However, I had to wear a warm top with long sleeves underneath for the photoshoot.

Outline the construction…

The fox was supposed to be an embroidered applique for a different project but it came out all wrong for that purpose. So I made it into a brooch.

The pants were my first pair ever. I made two toiles to learn how to set in the zip and pockets and how to make the pants fit properly.

To better hold the pants in place, I decided to make a pair of embroidered suspenders (which I had wanted to make for a long time). Although they seem the smallest part of the project, the suspenders turned out to be the most expensive, time-consuming and complex one. It was the first time I used the satin stitch. It was necessary to really plan ahead since the embroidery took a long time. I had to re-stitch the first couple of leaves and acorns because I had made them too small (see the construction photo). I also got to experiment with scraps of leather.

For the blouse I used a toile for a dress I had made earlier, changing the neckline and sleeves. It was my first time making bishop sleeves and using the French seams.

I decided to use felt for the headpiece because it holds shape very well. I had fun moulding the pattern from paper on my head. I used two layers of green felt and one beige for the lining. I made the spikes using triangular pieces of felt, pulled them through pre-cut holes and sewed them in.




  1. Avatar Steffi Wee on May 10, 2023 at 10:38 am

    This is such a cute outfit!! The subtlety of the embroidery makes it such a nice outfit for daily wear as well!

    • Avatar Jitka Jitka Pelíšková on May 20, 2023 at 8:01 am

      Thank you 🙂

  2. Avatar Lowana O\'Shea on May 20, 2023 at 6:39 am

    Jitka this is incredible! It’s such a joy to see your finished design and all your hard work. I’m so impressed with your embroidery too. A very big “well done” 🙂

    • Avatar Jitka Jitka Pelíšková on May 20, 2023 at 8:02 am

      Thank you : )

  3. Avatar Jenny jenny b on May 22, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    This is such a charming ensemble! I love how versatile all the pieces are, and you can wear and love them for years to come! And the embroidery is so perfect – congratulations!

    • Avatar Jitka Jitka Pelíšková on May 22, 2023 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you : )

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