Monday, September 30, 2013

Third Challenge: The Bundle Challenge

This week was quite the challenge!
We sent them each one of our mystery bundles.
(Check out our bundles on our website: http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/Bundles/)

They received 6 yards total.
The pieces ranged from 1.5-3 yards.

Their challenge was to great a 2-piece outfit using all three of the materials in their piece in some way.
Let's see what they made!


Peggy from Deconstruct, Alter, Create
The fabrics included in her bundle:





I decided to try to make a "wearable art" outfit for this challenge. I started with two current Vogue patterns designs by Marcy Tilton and changed them around to fit the amount of fabric I had. I used almost every scrap from the bundle fabric and added some black wool and ponte knit (previously purchased at Fabric Mart), some hot pink lining fabric and scraps from a vintage "Route 66" tapestry from my stash.

I used quilting techniques to make the pieced blocks which I appliqued to the bottom of the coat. The "dancing girls" fabric was featured in these blocks and used to line the complete coat. This project was so much fun and you can see more pictures at http://deconstructaltercreate.blogspot.com/ .



Audrey from Sew Tawdrey
The fabrics included in her bundle:







The fabric bundle I received contained a two-yard piece of grey woven with a faint shadow stripe, a 1 1/2 yard piece of bright fuchsia slinky (acetate/lycra) with a defect down the length of the fabric and a 2 1/2 yard length of rose colored polyester knit. I used the rose knit to make a dress from Vogue Pattern 1135. This dress has kimono sleeves, underarm gussets, an invisible zipper in a curved back seam, an asymmetrical hemline and features tucks that circle the body. I replace the tucks in the bodice and sleeves with appliqued, raised bands made from the fuchsia slinky. I learned the technique for these bands when I was doing a lot of hand applique quilting. They are usually made with bias-cut strips. I use cross grain cut strips of slinky instead. There is a braided belt, also made from the strips of slinky, that is attached to the seam of the waist inset.

To counter the flowy, asymmetrical dress, I made a short collarless grey jacket with jean jacket styling. The jacket is unlined, but all internal seams are finished with silk bias binding. The jean styling is enhanced with white top-stitching. The jacket is a copy of a RTW jacket. 



Shannon from Shanni Loves

The fabrics included in her bundle:




The fabric I received screamed casual work attire to me.  My personal goal was to make something acceptable to wear to the office, particularly skinny trousers and a button-down blouse.  I used the white fabric and Grainline's Archer pattern to create a versatile button-down blouse.  My pants were made using Burda #104 and the black/gray suiting I received.  The tweed vest is the cherry on top!  Check out my blog for more details and pictures.


Shams from Communing with Fabric

The fabrics included in her bundle:




For my challenge this week I have made a black sheath dress and a moto-style vest. I used my three bundle fabrics in the following way:
- black ponte: the dress, the back of the vest, the vest lapels and the ribbing for the armholes on the vest
- grey plaid flannel: the front of the vest, which has princess seams (the plaid is matched at the bust and below with a curvy bust, you have to choose whether to match above or below the bust), the vest pockets, the back neck facing, and the bias fringe used on the outer edge of the vest and the pocket.
- tennis rackets: The navy tennis rackets didn't "go" with the grey plaid, so I bleached the fabric, turning it to a mauve color, which made a more harmonious combination. I used the tennis racket fabric to line the vest and the pocket.

My "twists" to the design for this week: I used key rings from the hardware store as the vest closure, and I made bias fringe to embellish the vest and the pocket. To add emphasis, I also hand sewed cotton twill tape to the outer edge of the vest, and to the pocket. 

Check out my blog post for more pictures and details of the construction of both pieces, including information on how to make the bias fringe, a couture technique.



Diane from Gatorbunny Sews

The fabrics included in her bundle:





I received a caramel colored crepe, a turquoise, brown and white cotton/silk sateen and a heavyweight burgundy flocked pinstripe denim bundle in the mail and after hearing about the challenge, immediately my head was in a jumble. I have three different colors, three different textures and three different drapes in my fabrics. After a few days of carrying the fabric swatches around in my purse looking for inspiration, the 70's finally called.

I ended up channelling Mrs. Didrickson, my kindergarten teacher, who wore high heeled brown boots, chemise dresses and silk scarves in her hair.  I thought she was beautiful!  I made a modern round neck blouse out of the crepe with sateen insets reminiscent of a vintage tunic and bound it all in cotton binding from fabric in my stash.  The skirt is made from the wrong side of the denim with 70's inspired patch pockets.  I triple stitched the pockets, waistband and hem in caramel colored thread and added "mondo" sized wood vintage buttons to the pockets, my favorite part!  For more information you can check out my blog.



Meghan from Made by Meg

The fabrics included in her bundle:





My fabrics included a camel-colored bottom-weight, a two-toned ponte knit, and a flower print challis. This being the fabric mixing challenge, I also added my own white mesh to the pile - because if you're going to mix things up, you better really go for it, right?! 

The first garment is a lightweight fall jacket made from the bottom-weight, with lining and sleeves from the ponte. The result is a warm and sturdy jacket, but with the stretch and comfort of a knit. Details include a back vent and top-stitching, and the draped neckline reveals a hint of what's underneath - a cute little coordinating top from the flower print challis! On the back of the top, the mesh is zipped between a contrasting zipper, adding a fun little (adjustable) detail. It was quite a haul to get these two garments made this week, but now I have two new things to wear this fall!




Kathy from Kathy Sews

The fabrics included in her bundle:



I was given three lovely fabrics: A poly brocade--the black floral on a pale gray background, a cotton/poly shirting-- the solid purple, and a cotton houndstooth-- the black and white fabric.  With this I made a fully lined tailored peplum jacket along with a fully lined fitted pencil skirt.  For each garment I did a great deal of hand sewing for the best possible fit and details.  I made sure to hand prick the skirt zipper to the lining to prevent the fabric from getting stuck in the teeth, the hems are blind stitched by hand and the lining of the jacket is nearly all hand sewn in.  I was able to find some vintage notions in my collection, the zipper as well as the hooks and eyes for each garment.  For more details and photos check out my blog Kathy Sews.


Nicole from The Traveling Seamstress

The fabrics included in her bundle:






I received this box and spent DAYS trying to figure out how the heck I was going to incorporate all three textiles into two garments!  The jacket was a somewhat quick choice, but it took me until Saturday night to decide what I was going to do with this floral knit!  It was between a maxi skirt or a shirt.  I felt that a maxi would be too loud, so a shirt it became.  

I used Simplicity's #2250, a Cynthia Rowley jacket pattern and McCall's #6078 shirt pattern.  Ta-da!


Vote for your favorite look!
Voting ends on Wednesday at Midnight.

To read more about how we judge our challenges click here: http://blog.fabricmartfabrics.com/p/fashion-challenge.html)
Remember: This competition is just for fun!
Voting is closed.

7 comments:

  1. This contest is a lot of fun. I found it through Communing with Fabric's blog. This week I feel it was a little uneven. Some of those bundles had some really UGLY fabric while some of the ladies got some bundles with some much more normal looking fabric. Everyone's entry turned out amazing. I was very impressed with what they were able to turn out with their mystery bundle.

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  2. Everyone seriously did such a KILLER job! How are folks gonna choose?!?!

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  3. This was a hard one to narrow down a choice. I think many of these were very good outfits considering the challenge rules.

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  4. This was a difficult challange and even with some of the fabric less than beautiful they did a wonderful

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  5. Some seriously amazing results, considering some of the challenging fabrics they were given. Difficult to choose the best, in my opinion, all were winners!

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  6. This was a challenge that I agree with PugMom was perhaps more difficult for some of the participants than others due to the wide variety and random selection of fabrics. One thing that I noticed was that though the rules for this weeks challenge state to make a "2-piece outfit" and not make TWO garments, that not all the entries are actually a 2-piece outfit - two are a top/jacket combo, which unless you add in a pants and/or skirt is not an "outfit", and one is a 3-piece outfit... So I chose my vote based on the specific criteria you asked for. Of course all the entries are really impressive!!

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  7. Actually, the instructions I received was to make a "two-piece garment" - which was kind of confusing in and of itself because that implies one garment? Either way, everyone interpreted the challenge beautifully!

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