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!


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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Third Challenge Announced!

Bundle Challenge
Are you familiar with our assorted fabric bundles here at Fabric Mart?
We offer several different types and they change often. They range in yardage and you never know what kind of fabric you will get! You might get some wool, a few knits, or some nice cotton.
Visit our website to see what bundles we have right now! 
8 Mystery Bundles, 8 designers!

We gave our designers a 6 yard mystery bundle and none of them are the same!

8 Seamstresses will compete in this challenge.
You will have one week to complete this challenge.
Challenge: Using the 6 yard Bundle we have sent you, make a 2 piece garment. What is in the bundle is a mystery and everyone will receive something different. Try to incorporate the three fabrics in some way. You can use fabric from your stash to finish your look, but keep in mind that the bundle fabric must make up a majority of your outfit. You will be judged on creativity, craftsmanship, the way you use your fabrics together, and fit. 
The winner will receive a jar of Designer Buttons. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Second Challenge Winner Announced!


Congratulations Meghan!
Congratulations! 
Meghan won free shipping on (2) orders from fabricmartfabrics.com

Unfortunately we have to send one person "home" this week and Tina's look received the lowest points. 
Visit our Fashion Challenge Page for more information on our challenge and how we choose a winner. 

Wow! 
They did a great job, yet again! 
So impressed! 

Make sure to visit the blog on Saturday for the next challenge! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Second Challenge: Who Made it Best?

If you thought the first challenge was awesome, they knocked it out of the park with this one!
We gave them a difficult challenge this week. We select a pattern that for them to use. We challenge them to make it appropriate for them. We allowed them to alter the pattern to fit their body and personality.
Make sure you take a few minutes to vote for your favorite design!

Here is what they made:
The words I used from my personality that inspired my dress are 'Feminine,' Polite' and 'Flirty.'
I love being a woman and being feminine.  Nothing screams femininity to me more than a delicate floral dress. I love classic silhouettes because they are timeless and because the can be so polite and proper.  Theses are qualities that have become quite rare.  Finally, this dress represents my flirty quality!  Who doesn't love a flirtatious exchange from a stranger every once in a while?
I used cotton swiss dot (from you guys!!) and fully lined the dress with a cotton/linen blend.  I used a dotted nylon netting and for the yoke.  I added a cotton eyelet lace to the hem for some extra girliness!





This challenge was the perfect opportunity for me to make a "cocktail-type dress that I need to wear to a dressy function I will be attending next month.  The name "ELEGANTLY FUNKY" came to me immediately for the look I wanted. 




Audrey from Sew Tawdrey
The two words I am submitting that describe me  to inspire my  look are “classic” and “confident”.
The Salme dress pattern was used as a starting point to make a fitted dress in the classic fall colors of burgundy and gray. The fabrics include a pinstripe wool worsted and a lt wt challis.  They were combined with a stretch lace in the same colors. The dress is fully lined in rayon.





Shannon from Shanni Loves
My dress represents my retro fun side.  I've always had a love for vintage and I'd like for more of my clothing to reflect that side of my personality.  To imitate a vintage style dress I switched out the pleated short skirt with a full gathered skirt .  I also altered the sweetheart yoke to fit more of my personal taste.  I made the bow belt as a fun addition to the dress.  The main fabric of my dress is a retro cotton print.  The yoke is a slightly sheer white solid embr & eyelet.  Check out my blog post for more pictures and details of the dress construction.  http://shanniloves.blogspot.com/2013/09/fabricista-challenge-2-retro-fun.html     





My words are ARTSY CASUAL. I made the dress as a denim duster and I slightly reshaped the front yoke to be more flattering for my busty, 50+ silhouette. I made the denim lace for the front and back yokes, and for the tops of the pockets. I also made the earrings. I clean finished the inside. 





Diane from Gatorbunny Sews
 
CHEERFUL AND STRONG are the two words I use to describe myself.  I don't consider myself a particularly moody person (please don't ask my husband if he agrees) and most of the time I try to be cheerful.  And strong…..well, I think everyone should use that word to describe themselves.
After choosing my words it was easy to come up with the idea for the dress.  I went to the fabric store to buy black and white ponte knit and came home with the very last piece of turquoise baby wale corduroy.  I don't know how it happened but it did.  This is the story of my life.
I loved working with this pattern because it was so versatile.  I made quite a few changes including:  changing both the front and the back yokes of the dress,  removing the back button opening, making a square neckline, narrowing the  shoulder, lengthening it 2" and lining the bodice.  The alterations took it from a party dress to a jumper I can wear all winter with a black t-shirt underneath.  I stitched out a Jacobean embroidery design on the center front for my CHEERFUL and added charcoal studs at the yokes for my STRONG.
When I was finished I said to my son "Look at this dress with the embroidery and studs and tell me what you think the two words are that I used to describe myself."  He said, "Happy and you're a stud?"  Well, it's close I guess.





Meghan from Made by Meg
Like any girl, I lust over a number of pretty little dresses like the Salme Yoke Dress. But in the foggy Bay Area, I've learned that the days to wear sundresses are few and far between. So to make this pretty little thing my own, I switched up the fabric for fall, which really is the best time of year around here. And never one to leave a pattern exactly how it is, I updated the yoke with my own little twist: appliqueing the raised velvet pattern to the silk organza yoke in order to show off the organic shapes in the fabric. The sheer yoke is bound with matching bias tape and finished with french seams at the shoulders, and the dress closes with an invisible zip. I lengthened the bodice to fit and the skirt for more formal occasions. The result is pretty, but with my own little twist. 




Tina from Glamspoon
My two words to describe my style are "bohemian" and "romantic" ...  I sewed up the pattern as is to see what I was working with...  I decided to use a neutral cotton base for the main part of the dress, and use a chiffon print on the yoke. I then added the same chiffon print to lengthen the dress with a peplum ruffle. As for changes to the pattern, I lowered the neckline into more of a boatneck, moved the zipper to the center back, adjusted the hemline to be slightly hi-lo, and instead of a button closure I used jewelry findings.




Kathy from Kathy Sews
My words that describe what inspired my look: Comfortable & Contemporary.  I converted this simple, special occasion party dress pattern intended for woven material to a design for an everyday knit garment.  My goal here was to make a good fitting, comfy, wearable, (an almost) everyday, cold weather dress.  I sew and wear knits constantly-- it was inevitable that I re-work this for knits to make it my own!   I used a printed poly/spandex sweater knit (it's so soft and a little fuzzy!) and a cotton/spandex black knit.  After re-drafting both the bodice and skirt to exclude the zipper, keyhole on back, the sweetheart neckline and very full skirt,  I added long sleeves, pockets, wristbands, a new neckline finish and moved the darts to echo the new front yoke.  For lots more on how I made this dress go to my blog Kathy Sews.




It's time to vote for your favorite design!
Voting ends on Wednesday, the 25th, at Midnight.

( We will be judging here too on a more technical level, paying attention to craftsmanship, fit, appropriateness, how they represented their two words, etc. )

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED