Anyways, I am sure you guys are waiting for the pictures of everything I did. So, full disclosure, I am not going to go into 100% of what I did, because it is all in my reviews on Pattern Review, it seems superfluous to go into that kind of detail again. So, I will link to my reviews.
Challenge 1: A-Line Skirt
|HEDEHOGS!!! TOADSTOOL BUTTONS!!|
|Aren't I overly enthusiastic? lol|
Challenge 2: Refashioning a Men's Button-up Shirt
Okay, the cool thing about this dress is all of the detail I added!
So, I kept the original pockets on the skirt (as you can tell by my boobage picture). I took the pocket flaps off of one of the shirts and put them in the seams of my skirt, which I thought I was the bee's knees when I thought of that. I kept the sleeve plackets intact (and functional), but I put it at the hem of my skirt, again I thought I was the coolest kid in the room when I thought of that! Then what REALLY made me excited was when I decided to make a mock lapped zipper using the snap placket from the front of the shirt. I call it mock lapped zipper because underneath that placket is an invisible zipper...it's all I had! There is a whole step by step process on my pattern review of it.
|Also, those are new shoes...and I'm obsessed with them and convinced that they go with EVERYTHING!|
Challenge 3: Winter Street Dress
So, for the third challenge they gave us all a pattern and told us to sew it. I interpreted the rules as keeping the integrity of the pattern intact, fit the dress perfectly to you, and add in your own minor tweaks. Oh, and you had to use two different knit fabrics! I think my minor tweaks is what got me eliminated. Seriously...check the contest gallery, insane! I think everyone did great, but they had to eliminate people, and I fell in the category...perhaps it was because I threatened them? I don't know lol.
Anyways, I bought this fabric while in LA last time. I was in love with it, but I was unsure what to do with it. So, I broke it out for this challenge. I added an 18" flare to the skirt(!) and eliminated the pleats. I lowered the neckline about an inch to make it more flattering (and apparently so I can add another boobage shot...seriously, I didn't do it on purpose lol!!) Instead of adding 2 inches to the length of the bodice, I wanted to show a different way to add length and I made a pink polka dot waistband (with waist ties!). I also added in gathering at the center, because I thought it needed a little something something. My favorite part of the dress? The sleeve ruching. I did this by muslining twice (groan) and testing out different starting points and positions of the ruching. It's crazy easy. You grab some clear elastic, put it at your starting point on your sleeve (or whatever) which you carefully marked beforehand (right?), stitch a little, backstitch, then you pull the elastic tight (in a straight line!), and stitch a straight line-backstitching at your end point. Not going to lie, the first time will feel awkward and you will feel like you need three hands, but once you practice a bit, it will be easy and provide really pretty results (that look like it took a lot of time lol). Anyways, at the end, I used a tutorial for freezer paper stenciling and I put two little deer at the hem of my skirt...why? Because I could lol! Then, I hemmed with some lace and called it a day.
|I love how this picture makes me look like an old lady lol|
Oh what? Some of you noticed that I said I threatened the judges? what?? I would never...
Maybe I did. Well, after years of watching The Sopranos and The Godfather movies, I knew that when you were in a sewing contest and you wanted to win, you IMPLY something bad will happen. So, I told them that if I didn't move on, I would call in my muscle and she would tickle them until they peed their pants (her words not mine)
Pattern Review Contest Committee: She's coming for you, and she will tickle you...mercilessly. :P
**Also, sorry about all the links! I didn't want to bombard you guys with copious amount of pictures!