Monday, October 7, 2013
Fabric Mart entries with a "Little Black Dress" theme are due and there have already been some awesome ones put up on the different contestants' blogs. Can't wait to see them all either later today or tomorrow!
Though eliminated from the contest last week, I am continuing to sew and really enjoying it more without the time crunch (maybe I'm too old to take the stress!). In fact I am sewing up several different LBD's with fabric and patterns in my stash.
This is my version of Vogue 1359 which I call the "Knot" dress, because it actually has a knot tied with the 2 front skirt pieces after they are partially sewn to the bodice front. What a difference it makes in an otherwise pretty plain dress!
Luckily I had attempted a WAISTLINE in one of the other contest challenges so knew exactly how to alter the pattern so the KNOT would hit me at the waist and not on the ribs! The pattern instructions suggest you "adjust the fullness of the knot", which I followed with plenty to hand-tacking.
I had decided when I was chosen as a contestant that I would try to really "up" my sewing and finishing techniques in an attempt to make the inside look as finished as the outside. I am continuing to strive for this and added a full lining and Hong Kong seam finishes with China silk.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
One other fortunate thing for me----I am an avid knitter, which has been put on hold for the contest and it is turning into sweater weather here in a hurry. Just got some wonderful new yarn so there will be the clacking of knitting needles around here soon---hope to be back and show you my new sweater when it's done.
Thanks Again to all---
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I knew immediately when I saw the raincoat fabric that I wanted to make a coat, but realized I'd have to add additional fabric from my stash (which the judges indicated was okay). I took my extra colors from the "dancer fabric" adding a black wool and ponte knit, hot pink poly, and a vintage "Route 66" fabric I've had for ages, just waiting for the perfect thing.
THE DRESS: I had been wanting to try this Vogue Marcy Tilton pattern and thought of it when I saw the stripes in my bundle fabric.
Unfortunately I did not have enough of the striped fabric to make all the "shingles" on the dress so after some experimenting decided to use the 3 middle ones. I didn't like the look of the raw edges as instructed by the pattern, so added a black knit binding on the bottoms of the slanted edges.
THE COAT: I used another Marcy Tilton pattern by Vogue for this:
To see the other entries to this challenge and vote for your favorite, go to fabricmartfabrics ON to the next challenge, which we have already started!