Friday, September 22, 2017

Winner of Week 3 & Week 4 Challenge: Jeansmaking

It was another tough week of judging. Judging gets harder and it gets easier. It's harder because everyone steps up their game as the challenge goes on and it gets easier because there are less people to judge! We got 4 very different looks this week-- let's see who won the challenge...

And the winner of the Day to Night Look challenge is...

Congratulations Marica! You move on to the next round and are the winner of a prize pack from Pamela's Patterns and pre-cut fabric pieces from Fabric Mart. Great job!

Unfortunately, Lindsay did not make it on to the next round.

Reader Participation: We had 4 entries in this week's reader participation. Congrats to @mygymdress on Instagram, you win a Pamela's Patterns prize pack! 


Here are the other entries. Thanks for participating!




Week 4: Jeansmaking
Jeans are probably one of the most popular items we wear. They go with everything and can be worn dressed up or casual. 

But how often do we have a great fitting jean? Not too often. The hips fit but there is gapping. They are too loose in the bottom but fit at the top. Oh the dilemmas we face! The important thing to remember is it is NOT your body! Everyone has different body types and that is what makes us interesting and unique. RTW jeans have certain standards so they fit a "general" group of people. Unfortunately it's impossible for them to take every body type into consideration.

Thankfully as sewists, we have the ability to make our own clothes that fit us! It comes with a lot of trial and error, but it is possible to have great fitting clothes  --- including jeans!

This week's challenge is to sew yourself a pair of well fitting jeans. They can be whatever cut you like -- skinny, boot, wide, etc -- something that will be useful to you. 

Tell us what common issues you have with finding a good fitting pair of jeans.If you're comfortable enough, show us a photo of you in the ill fitting jeans. Share with us how you are making adjustments to the pattern to fix these issues.

You have a few more days to finish this challenge!

We will be judging on a 1-10 scale (10 being the highest) using the following criteria: 

Fit – Did you share with us some common issues you face when wearing jeans? Did you address these issues in the pattern and share with us how you fixed them? Do the jeans fit? 
Do they pull or sag in places they are not suppose to? If there's something about the fit that you think we would challenge, please tell us why you chose to do what you did.

Craftsmanship - Did you put a lot of care into the construction? Top-stitching straight, seams match, careful overall construction, etc?

Presentation - While we totally understand not everyone has a professional camera and the perfect backdrop for photographing their creations, (Me included!!) you are in front of a world of other sewers. Make yourself look presentable. Submit a photo of the front, back and side view of the garment, as well as a "presentation photo" (this should be the best photo!) Detail photos are also requested so we can be better judges. If you do some embellishing or a specific technique, zoom in and share with us! Not all the photos may be used in the blog post, but for judges reference.



This week's judges are two ladies that know a thing or two about jeans -- Angela Wolf from Angela Wolf Designs and Heather from Closet Case Patterns


 

Heather Lou is a pattern designer, blogger, and sewing educator for the modern maker. As the force behind Closet Case Patterns, she has been writing about sewing for over six years, and has taught thousands of people to sew, both online and in her sold-out sewing workshops across North America. Her work has been featured in Threads, Sew News, Seamwork, Love Sewing and Sewing World magazine.

Angela Wolf is a fashion designer, author, pattern designer and SO much more! She teaches classes on Craftsy, Pattern Review and It's Sew Easy. She also is a spokesperson for Brother and WAWAK sewing. 

All photos, text, etc. are due on Thursday, September 28. This gives you two extra days to work on your jeans. The finished projects will be revealed for reader voting Sept 29-Oct 1 and the winner will be announced on Monday, October 2!

Attention readers! Don't forget to vote for your favorite piece! A link for voting will be provided on reveal day.

Everyone is a winner this time! There will be three contestants left and they each win something:


Grand Prize Winner will receive: $25 a month for one year to spend on fabric at FabricMartFabrics.com, plus be a Fabric Mart Fabricista for 6 months writing guest posts for the blog (which includes more fabric!) You will also receive a Julie's Picks Membership. (A $350 value with media exposure.) PLUS you will receive special prizes from the judges - Your choice of any one pattern from Closet Case Patterns and a jeans making kit for your next pair of jeans! You will also receive Angela Wolf's Delila pattern.

Second place will receive: $100 gift certificate to spend at Fabric Mart, plus a Julie's Picks Membership. (A $150 value.)

Third place will receive: $50 gift certificate to spend at Fabric Mart, plus a Julie's Picks Membership. (A $100 value.) 


Show us your me-made jeans! Post a photo of your me-made jeans on Facebook or Instagram using #Fabricista5Jeans by Oct 1 and one winner will be picked at random to receive a special gift from Angela Wolf Designs and Closet Case Patterns - any one pattern of your choice from Closet Case Patterns and a jeans making kit for your next pair of jeans and the Delila pattern from Angela Wolf. 

**Jeans do not have to be made during the challenge.**


Ready? Set, Go!

Thank you to Angela Wolf and Heather Lou for judging this week as well as donating prizes to the grand prize winner.



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Week 3: What They Made

We're more than half way through the Fabricista Fashion Challenge and the competition is fierce! The ladies did a great job this week coming up with day to night looks that work well in their everyday lives.

Take a look a be sure to vote for your favorite! (Link at bottom of post.)

And don't forget to post your day to night look on Facebook or Instagram. Details at the bottom of this post.


Danesha from Classyfied Life


Sew, for this week's challenge we had to do a look that could be transformed from day to night. The rules were that we had to create two of the pieces and then choose one item from out wardrobe to mix and match to create the two looks. I decided that I wanted to make a duster...it's actually a piece I have wanted to add to my closet for some time. I began to think about my fabric choices and I quickly decided that I would be making one item in black fabric because as you know that is my FAVORITE color to wear! I then remembered this beautiful floral fabric I purchased this past summer in L.A. When I got home I could not decide what to make out of this fabric because I remember thinking hmmm I would love it as a dress, or a top, or a skirt, or even a pair of flared pants. Then it dawned on me I could use it to make my duster that could also be closed and worn as a top or even a dress! My first outfit is something I would wear to run errands during the day and then my night look is something I would wear out on a date! Love how quick I could switch it up!


For the duster, I used Simplicity 8059 which is sized for stretched knits and I figured it would work seeing that my fabric had some slight stretch in it. I cut my true size and it came out PERFECT! I am sooo in love with this duster and the fact that I can also wear it as a dress is a huge plus. I did make a few minor changes when sewing the duster. I did not use pattern pieces 9 or 10 so I omitted steps 2-7.



For the pencil skirt, I actually utilized Mimi G's tutorial but I decided that I wanted to add a waistband and insert the elastic instead of connecting the waistband directly to the skirt. For the item from the closet, I chose a basic white boyfriend tee which is a staple for me. I decided to knot it in the front since I made a high-waisted pencil skirt. This outfit was very simple which reflects my personal style. Simple yet classy and stylish!


For the dress, I decided to use some of the leftover fabric to create a sash so that I could tie to duster into a faux wrap dress.


From the Boardroom to the Ballroom! “Be fierce, be bold, be you.”


The day to night look was a bit of a challenge in deciding what I really wanted to create to add to my collection of vibrant colors.  I wanted to create 2 pieces that fits my personal style; one garment that I was familiar with creating and another one that I always wanted to create and had fears. The idea of creating and wearing a sweetheart bodice with my love of skirts was ideal for the night look as I could cover with a jacket or cardigan from my closet to wear during the day.  I chose to select vibrant colors that can transition from one season to the next.  I wanted to show versatility omitting the typically greys and dark tones that we tend to wear in the business arena.


The Sweetheart Bodice

I am in love with bodice, bustier and corsets and opted to create a sweetheart bodice with loops to secure the back.  I choose to use a pattern that I purchased on Etsy from craftyalex  shop that I can reuse and modify for future projects.  

The pattern is a sweetheart cut line with panels that would work perfect with the off white denim stretch fabric from my stash. This pattern was so easy to cut as it has 4 pieces, and great visuals with clear easy instructions that I could follow.
I watched several YouTube videos before on sweetheart bustier and bodice constructions to learn how to create the case for the boning and other techniques such as top stitching to have a clean and smooth finish. I opted to remove the zipper for this project as I plan to wear this bodice over a fitted classic shirt in the future.


Even though this was an easy sew, the bust area curve and loops required careful execution for a smooth clean finish.  The loops and the details in the back took double the time than it took to sew the bodice.  I had prior knowledge working  with loops from a previous project but opted to use the perfect white cording from my stash.  I carefully used my tape (as a placement test for the loops) and the circumference of my sharpie to ensure that each loop had the exact measurement.  I then taped to ensure placement and position and pinned to my dress form before hand stitching all 12 loops.  This task was extremely tedious as I measured the markings 1 inch apart and then  and used a needle to fully secure before going to the machine to finish the project. I opted to stitch the loop on the inside lining, folding over about ½ inch to close it up and then double stitching to complete the finish. The simplicity cording that I found at Joann Fabrics was absolutely perfect and gave it a beautiful finish.  

I was in limbo about adding more details or creating straps but the beauty and simplicity of the white on the dress form was spectacular with the bold colors from the skirt. Looking back and having worn the bodice all day before the shoot, I would have added boning to all seams to have a more structured look. The instructions only required boning for the front bust area. I noticed that after a while, the denim started to stretch even more than I anticipated. I am very happy with the technique and finish but the next time I create this project, I would consider straps and adding boning in between each panel. I would also add a single piece of fabric to cover the straps in the back.


The Gathered Circle Skirt - Ankara Print (Holland/Dutch wax fabric).


I really wanted to use up the last of my ankara print (cotton) fabric that I purchased this past summer in Washington DC.  I love sewing skirts with bold prints because of its vibrant color palettes and endless possibilities with tops.  The ankara fabric has a lot of structure and is typically used to create hats, blazers, skirts and dresses.  I love the hues as I can wear this skirt both in the fall and spring here in Florida.  I wanted a super full circle skirt so I opted to cut a circle skirt that was double the measurement of my waist and gather it.  

Cutting the circle skirt was a bit of a challenge on my table so I opted to use my floor instead. I carefully used my tape measure crawling around in a circle and marking with a chalk. I then used my curve ruler to connect the markings for the front piece. Once the front was done, the headache of matching the seams of the prints for the back took a bit of concentration. Mind you based on the waist measurement that I used, I had to cut 2 pieces on fold and made my life easier but cutting 1 and placing the other on top as both pieces were identical. I was able to use almost 6 yards and did not even have enough left for a skirt for my daughter. 


The gathering technique that I choose was using the sewing machine to create a single loose stitch and changing my settings to stitch length 5 and tension 3 so that it would be easier to gather. I simply hand gathered the front separate from the back based on my waist measurements and then secured it with a tight stitch before connecting the seams. I know having a gather foot would have made my life so much easier. 


The remaining fabric was used create to create a 2.5 inch waistband. I opted to add an extra inch to my waist measurement as I knew that I will be wearing the skirt with a lightweight sweater or cardigan tucked in. After the skirt was gathered and the waistband was attached, I decided to shorten by cutting 2 inches off. I measures again from the waistband to ensure that the length matched all around.



My Sense of Style
In am in love with modern day fashion using bold prints and colors with a touch of the 50s intertwined with a bit of 70s flair. This look that I choose to create and style with my cardigan is oh so perfect for a board meeting and a night out salsa dancing after a wine tasting event. I truly enjoyed creating 2 pieces for this project that is a true reflection of my personal style. I had an amazing time capturing the beauty and flow of this look especially the skirt. I am in love with bold prints that make a statement the minute you walk through the door. The geometric shapes, the pattern details, the colors, the texture and flow is oh so perfect for the transition of my style from day to night. In closing I will continue to be bold, be fierce, but most importantly, be me!




Lindsay from Lindsay Baker Co. 

Hi friends! It’s Lindsay again. For this week's challenge we had to make two different articles of clothing. I interpreted the challenge to be more of a style challenge, challenging us to create two pieces that can be mixed and matched for day or night.

Since fall is rolling in where I (usually) am, I wanted a cute sweater I could wear til winter. McCalls 7476 is going to be my go to sweater pattern. I love how easy this sweater came together and I have dreams of making it in a dark olive green. The length is perfect for my tall height and very on trend right now. I used a quilted black knit that is just beautiful for a sweater pattern like this. It was a bit tricky to sew without my serger but I zig-zag stitched every edge!

  

The shirt is fun and flirty for a night out, but pairs well with a sweater for work. The mustard fabric is also perfect for fall! I like the bow tie on the front and have a few other shirts like this in my stash. McCalls 7601 came together fast and has options that include something longer or a high neck without the bow.

For they day look, I paired these two me-made projects with my favorite black jeans. They are so comfy and are super skinny jeans I have had for a while. Throw on some comfy loafers and I’d be ready for a day at the office.

   

For the night look, I was thinking realistically. I usually head out straight from work. So I rolled up the jeans and threw on some cute, but comfortable heels. I’m not really one for a wild and crazy night out or for wild and crazy heels. But I do love some chunky block heels that I can actually walk around downtown in. It gets really cold at night so the sweater can stay on or come off depending if we are headed somewhere outside.


These two projects were sew fun and make me ready for fall. I am going to mix and match these pieces with my closet favs all season long.



Carmen from See Carmen Sew 




At the end of this month I'm going on vacation to Florida. I booked a flight on a budget airline and need to pack everything in a backpack that can fit under my seat. Thus, I need pieces that can transition easily from day to night so that I can pack lightly. For this week's challenge, I decided to make a matching crop top and high waisted pencil skirt. Paired with keds and my favorite Levi's denim jacket, you can easily achieve a casual daytime look. For night, ditch the jacket and put on your favorite heels for a fun and flirty night-on-the-town look. 


The top was made using Butterick 6175, which is an uncomplicated bodice pattern with sleeve and hem variations. I love this pattern because it's fast and easy. The pattern doesn't call for a lining, but because my outer fabric is see-through, I created a lining for my fabric. Instead of using facings for the neckline, I attached my lining to my neckline and under-stitched it. This is an easy way to create a nice neckline that stays put. I left my sleeves unlined.




The skirt is from my favorite independent pattern maker, Named Patterns. This is Pulmu, a high waisted skirt pattern. It was my first time sewing up this skirt. What I've learned is that a fabric with more weight would have probably worked better. It was challenging to make a high waisted skirt with light fabrics. Live and learn. All in all, I think it still works.


The other nice thing about making a matching set is that you get a lot of versatility. I could easily wear the top with a pair of high-waisted denim jeans for an easy-going day look. You could also tuck a slinky tank top into the skirt for a whole new look. For my trip, I could pack this outfit, my jacket, a pair of jeans, and a couple of tops and have a completely versatile wardrobe that doesn't take up much room in my bag. 



Congratulations to all of the participants thus far and I can't wait to see what everyone else has in store this week!​



REMINDER!!
Don't forget to get your Reader Participation entries in! They are due Friday, Sept 22 by 7:30am ET. Click HERE for details.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Winner of Week 2 & Week 3 Challenge: Day to Night Look

Wow this week was a TOUGH one! The judges votes were so close and so were the reader votes! Everyone did a great job transforming this dress. Let's see who the winner is....

And the winner of the One Pattern, Many Looks challenge is....


Danesha from Classyfied Life!!



Congratulations Danesha! You have moved on to the next round and are the winner of a $25 gift certificate to PatternReview.com and an interfacing package from Palmer/Pletsch!

Unfortunately Bianca has not moved on to the next challenge. We're sorry to see you go! 

Reader Participation:
We had 4 people participate in this round of reader participation. They were asked to pattern hack their favorite t-shirt pattern. Winner is chosen at random and this week wins a $25 gift certificate to Pattern Review!


Winner of this week: @marci_girl via Instagram

Other entries:


Left: @garichild via Instagram, Right: @sewbest via Instagram

Pat G. via Facebook

Great job to everyone that submitted entries!




Week 3: Day to Night Look

A day to night look -- everyone needs at least one in their wardrobe. Some may need a day to night look to go from work to happy hour. Some may need it for when traveling lightly -- a casual look during the day and an addition of another garment for the evening. 

In this week's challenge, you need to create two garments that go with one garment from your closet. Together, all three need to make up a day look and a night look. Remember, you are only making two garments!  The two items you make can be for day or night. The item you choose from your closet can be either for day or night. Whatever you choose, just be sure to show us how you use them for a day to night look. All the items you choose need to be garments, NOT accessories -- shoes, handbags, belts, etc.  

We will be judging on a 1-10 scale (10 being the highest) using the following criteria: 

Creativity - Did you come up with two garments that thoughtfully go together with one garment from your closet? 

Fit – Does the garment proportionately fit you? Not too short, not too long, not too tight? If there's something about the fit that you think we would challenge, please tell us why you chose to do what you did.

Craftsmanship - Did you put a lot of care into the construction? Top-stitching straight, seams match, careful overall construction, etc?

Presentation - While we totally understand not everyone has a professional camera and the perfect backdrop for photographing their creations, (Me included!!) you are in front of a world of other sewers. Make yourself look presentable. Submit a photo of the front, back and side view of the garment, as well as a "presentation photo" (this should be the best photo!) Detail photos are also requested so we can be better judges. If you do some embellishing or a specific technique, zoom in and share with us! Not all the photos may be used in the blog post, but for judges reference.




This week's guest judges are Pamela Leggett of Pamela's Patterns and Elizabeth Farr from Elizabeth Made This.


Pamela Leggett has been teaching sewing since 1981. Specializing in pattern fitting, fine garment sewing skills, knits and serging she has developed a fun and informative teaching style that is available in her patterns and instructional DVD's.

One of Pamela's passions is creating garments that flatter and fit the wearer. Her desire to teach others to achieve the perfect fit led her to the Palmer/Pletsch pattern fitting method, which she has used to help hundreds of women successfully achieve good fit and a renewed love of garment sewing. It is with this knowledge that she created Pamela's Patterns, which have many fitting solutions and adjustments built in the patterns.

Pamela's Patterns have been reviewed and featured in magazines and on-line review sites. Pamela is a contributing writer, book author and DVD personality for Threads Magazine, an instructor for Craftsy online classes, director of the Palmer/Pletsch Philadelphia and Connecticut Sewing Workshops and a national sewing/serging educator. She has also appeared on PBS’s Sewing With Nancy and Canada’s The Shopping Channel.

Pamela lives in Connecticut and has a teaching studio, Pamela’s Patterns Fashion Sewing & Fitting Studio, in Vernon, Connecticut.

Elizabeth Farr of Elizabeth Made This started hand sewing as a young child and garment sewing seriously for the last 10 years. Whether she's pattern hacking, dyeing fabric, embroidering, creating textiles, or stitching up garments from recycled goods, Elizabeth is always thinking beyond the pattern envelope. She has written for Seamwork, Altered Couture, and she was a contestant in last year's Fabric Mart Fabricista Challenge. You can catch her on her blog, on Instagram @elizabethmadethis or on YouTube.



All photos, text, etc. are due on Tuesday, September 19th. The finished projects will be revealed for reader voting Sept 20-21 and the winner will be announced on Friday, September 22nd.

Attention readers! Don't forget to vote for your favorite piece! A link for voting will be provided on reveal day.


Winner of this challenge will receive a Pamela's Patterns prize pack and their choice of 2 pre-cut fabric pieces and a pre-cut fabric kit from Fabric Mart's recent pre-cut fabric buyout.


You are getting off easy this week. All you have to do is share your handmade day to night look with us! No need to sew anything new for the challenge unless you want to. You can share garments that have been previously made. How easy is that!?

Post a photo of your day to night look on Facebook or Instagram using #Fabricista5 by Sept 22 at 7:30am ET and one winner will be picked at random to receive a Pamela's Patterns prize pack.



Ready? Set, Go!

Thank you to Pamela Leggett and Elizabeth Farr for judging this week. Thank you to Pamela's Patterns for donating one of this week's prizes.