Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fabric Mart Winner and New Challenge

Congratulations to Kathy who is the winner of the first Fabric Mart contest challenge. Her remake of her wedding dress was amazing, especially that dye job!  It's too bad that anyone had to be eliminated but glad it wasn't me. Thanks to those of you who voted for me in the last challenge.

Probably most of you have seen that the second challenge is to make something "representing our personality" starting with this pattern:
                                                           
Luckily they said we could alter and change it because believe me, it's going to take a LOT of altering to look decent on my 5'10"   "mature" figure!!  I don't think I have worn anything with a fitted waistline in 50 years since my high school prom (and I remember my mother fussing over the waistline placement on that when she sewed it!)       So I'm not sure even where my waistline IS, though I am sure it must be MUCH lower down on the dress than on this pattern------plus my waistline measurement is 8 inches more than the largest size of the pattern!!!!

So I can see this is going to be a real challenge. I keep telling myself that since I was an engineer in "real life"  I should just look at it as another engineering problem.   Actually, now that I have begun, it's really rather fun to study and experiment with what it takes to get a good-looking and feeling fit.

SO---my goals for this challenge are to make something that fits my personality and lifestyle, that I will wear and be proud to have in my closet, and to work on getting the best possible fit and use good sewing and finishing techniques.  This old dog still has a LOT to learn in that final department and something I had already decided to attempt with all my future sewing. 

  Plus, believe it or not, I have had a yearning lately to get a little away from my prior funky, flowy style and learn to make something more fitted and tailored looking  and  SHAMS tells me that is the current trend anyway!
So, as always, stay tuned and SEW ON.

10 comments:

  1. Good luck on this! I never wear anything fitted at the waist either, so I am eager to see how you will rock this dress.

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  2. I love that pattern! Good luck with the challenge.

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  3. Wow. It's like representing your personality starting from babydoll pajamas! I can't wait to see what you do with it. :)

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  4. Congratulations to making it through the first cut. Looking forward to your interpretation of the pattern.

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  5. Oh I'm glad you made it through! That pattern does look like a challenge.I no longer wear fitted at the waist either.Good luck with this challenge

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  6. well, this shall be interesting Peg! Do you need to keep ALL elements of the pattern? I do love the bodice.

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  7. I can't wait to see what you come up with. I thought your dress for the first challenge was the most well made and creative and should have won first.

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  8. I'm also thinking maybe you could transform it into something more along the lines of McCalls 6460.

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  9. Congratulations on moving to the second round! I know you'll make something amazing out of this - and I can't wait to see what it is. Too bad it takes so much time to knit a companion piece or combine another of your talents with the design.

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