A journal of my sewing and knitting adventures in which I try to make something a "little different" by using unusual patterns and materials.
I have challenged myself to finish 31 knitted and/or crocheted wearable items by May 2014 and sew outfits to wear with them.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
My Contest NON-entry----LBD #1
I see that Fabric Mart has just released the next pattern challenge to their readers---a Little Black Dress!
More about that in a minute but first I want to give a huge thanks to the many of you who have written and spoke to me about your regrets at my being "sent home" from the FM contest. Your comments have really overwhelmed me with your kindness.
I should explain to you that the winners and losers are picked not just by popular vote but by their own team of judges (it says so right on their site). They indicated to me that my loss was because of using so much extra fabric in addition to the 3 pieces in their "bundle". I DO think this is completely fair since the other contestants made such smashing outfits using just the fabrics that were in their bundle. I knew I was taking a huge chance when I did it, but after the vision came to me of adding black and making a dress and coat, I couldn't NOT do it. I wouldn't change a thing if we had "do-overs" because once I had it pictured in my head it wouldn't go away! Probably many of you know the kind of "vision" I am talking about.
Also, Fabric Mart gave me my "Go Home" notice in a completely CLASSY way---adding many compliments about my creativity, style and attitude. You that are bosses know how much better rejections go down with the rejectee when a little sweetner is added in!
When I first learned of the LBD challenge on Monday I was elated because I really need dresses and have some great Vogue patterns that I wanted to use before the new ones come out. So I went to my stash and pulled out 5 or 6 black or navy fabrics and chose some untried patterns to go with each. At the time I wished I had time to make all of them------well, guess what: NOW I DO!!!
So I will be blogging about several different "LBD"s as I make them up. The first is Vogue 1341 which is an amazing pattern. It has one humongous piece and 3 smaller ones, none of which look like a dress! It was a challenging puzzle to get it all together and who knows how to go about changing the fitting. What fun it was when I finally got it all together and it looked like a dress! Best of all, now that I'm not doing it for the contest I could take the time to crochet just the right scarf to go with it. Yes, I am still doing to self-challenge to make 30 knit or crocheted items and sew outfits to go with them---this is #12.