Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Made By A Fabricista: Knit Extravaganza!

We have been fortunate enough to have four new, talented Fabricistas agree to join us on an ongoing basis at the Fabric Mart Blog! You may already be familiar with all or some of our new contributors as each of them have participated in either this or last year's Fashion Challenge and also have their own blogs. First up we would like to introduce/re-introduce you to Ann from SewBaby.

~I'm so excited to be blogging as a Fabric Mart Fabricista!  I've been a Fabric Mart customer since the 90's- before they even had a website!  They are always my go-to place for discovering new fabrics at unbeatable prices.

Did you catch the flash sale last Thursday on the silk modal knit in driftwood and black stripes?  I had ordered some before the sale, and had also ordered the orange/coral silk modal knit.

I was curious to see what these knits would be like; as I love silk knits for their brilliant colors and I love modal knits for their incredible softness, so the combination of the two seemed like a match made in heaven. Plus, silk is known for providing warmth without weight, so I thought it could be a nice choice going into chilly weather.  





Probably because of the time of year, I was originally drawn to the orange/coral, but I could tell it was going to be BRIGHT, and I knew that I would have to wear it with something that would provide some grounding to it. So, in my mind, I started envisioning a coral tunic, topped with a waterfall cardigan. The black and driftwood striped silk/modal knit seemed like the perfect neutral to help ground the brightness of the orange coral.  But then, they felt kind of unconnected, so I thought- how about an infinity scarf with both the orange, black and tan shades in it?  I searched the Fabric Mart website and found a mesh knit called Crimson Red/Black/Multi Roses and Abstract Animal Print Mesh Netting.


I have to say- this would not be a fabric that I would normally pick. Roses and leopard?  That's a lot going on, but it did have a little of that really bright orange around the edge of the roses, so I decided to go for it.  My vision for this outfit wouldn't be complete without some sort of bottom layer, and I decided with all the rest of the busy-ness of the stripes and scarf print, and brightness going on with the tunic, that I better go very basic with some black ponte leggings.


When I got my order, I debated about whether I should wash the silk knits.  I didn't want to lose any of the sheen.  But I could just see myself spilling BBQ sauce on it the first time I wore it, so I bit the bullet and washed everything. I'm glad that I did because the silk knits did shrink quite a bit.  My 2 yard silk modal cuts, ended up being 1-3/4 yard cuts.  But the luster was still there!  No harm done. 

For my patterns, I used Butterick 5789 for the cardigan because it didn't have any side seams, and would eliminate needing to match the stripes there.  For the leggings, I used McCall's 7026- a new no-side seam legging pattern.  And for the orange shirt, I used Vogue 1261- a raglan tunic with a handkerchief hem.  I wanted the orange to peek out below the cardigan at the bottom for just a little pop of color.


I didn't need a pattern for the infinity scarf.  I know that some people like really thick and bulky scarves, but because I'm pretty busty, I don't want something that's going to make me even bustier.  So, I like my scarves on the thin side, but long enough to wrap around my neck twice.  I think of them more like  a necklace.  So, I cut a rectangle that is 1-3/4 yard long by 18" wide.  Sew the long sides together, turn right side out, twist twice, then sew the short ends together.  So simple! (Also check out Fabric Mart's tutorial on Infinity Scarves!)

All of these pieces are super quick to make, and armed with a rotary cutter and serger, I was able to put this outfit together in an afternoon. I do think that anytime you combine orange with black, it's going to be Halloween-ish, which is perfect for this time of year, but I think I'll try the tunic with blue or cream separates to lessen that effect later. But wait- that's not the end of the story!  



With both the ponte and the mesh, I had enough fabric left over for a BONUS OUTFIT!  I made a peplum top from McCalls 7021  and a basic knit skirt.  I'd never actually made any clothing from mesh knits before, thinking that they would be too thin, but this one was not see through, and was actually super easy to sew.  I didn't hem the flounce, as it seemed to lay so nicely as is, and I didn't want to risk rippling it.  I'm amazed at how completely different this outfit is from the first, and I may even like it better!  I think I'll wear it with a light blue denim jacket and boots when it gets colder.  


So from my original order of 8 yards of fabric, I got 6 pieces- two tops, pants, skirt, scarf and cardigan.   And in choosing really simple patterns, these were really quick to put together. So, if you're looking for some quick and economical wardrobe pieces, try your hand at knits!


Thanks so much Ann! We look forward to seeing what you come up with next month! Would you like to be a guest contributor for the Fabric Mart blog? If so please email us at fabricmartblog@gmail.com. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Guest Post: Christian L Harris - God Save the Prince

We love seeing what our customers are up to and when we came across Christian's project, it was just too fantastic not to share with you. Fabric as wearable art and a good cause to boot! Without further ado we would like to introduce you to Christian Harris! 


My name is Christian L Harris. I am a fashion designer finishing up my Master of Fine Arts degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I have also taught fashion at American Intercontinental University and interned in New York for seven months. I started sewing in 2007 and haven’t stopped since. I own 5 sewing machines (Brother home sewer, Pfaff industrial zig-zag, 1938 singer 201, singer pro-finish serger and a Huskylock s25) and my fabric buying addiction is ever so out of control. There is nothing like the rush of a new email from Fabric Mart with “50-60% off Fabric and 1 crazy price” in the subject line.

My MFA thesis collection, God Save the Prince, has won features from ELLE, Esquire, WWD, Atlanta Magazine and others. The collection is inspired by hemophilia and the individuals touched by hemophilia, a debilitating and even fatal disorder of the blood. The last heir to the Russian throne suffered from hemophilia at a time when the average age of hemophiliac death was eleven years old. Fearful, the Imperial family did not disclose the heir’s affliction to the public. Guarding the secret meant a life away from the public eye. This seclusion and secrecy widened the divide between the Imperial family and the Russian people, and was in many ways an antecedent to the Russian Revolution. A year after the fall of Russian Imperialism, the Imperial family was executed. The seven members of the last Imperial family became a second focus of the collection.


The focus on the family became more central as the collection developed. While working on the collection, I lost my dear grandmother and my father. Creating pieces that were meant to honor the memory of the Romanovs helped me to cope with my own losses. I designed the collection as if each article belonged to a specific member of the last Imperial family. Many of the pieces in the collection were created for the life they never got to realize. For example, I included a wedding gown because sadly, the daughters did not live long enough to marry. It has also been said that other royal families in Europe knew the Romanov daughters could be carriers of hemophilia and that limited the number of suitors willing to court them.


Having hemophilia myself, I often felt alone and limited as a child so I understand what life may have been like for the Imperial family. I was not allowed to participate in many of the activities other children were able to partake in for fear of injury. Painting and drawing helped supplement my time and became a form of therapy. My mentors in the hemophilia community were also very supportive and pivotal in helping me to find my way. Many of my mentors received blood treatment products tainted with HIV before screening began in the mid-1980s. Sadly, about ninety (90%) percent of severe hemophiliacs were infected and thousands died.


Seventy percent of my earnings from the sale of the collection and the collateral materials will be forwarded to the hemophilia and bleeding disorders community. Namely, the Committee of Ten Thousand (COTT) and local chapters of the National Hemophilia Foundation. COTT “is a grass-roots, peer-led, education, advocacy and support organization for persons with HIV disease. The majority of our constituency is persons with hemophilia who contracted HIV/AIDS from tainted blood products” (www.cott1.org).


I have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise the funds needed to finish and photograph the collection. The whole process of photographing the collection will involve members of the hemophilia and bleeding disorders community. As an added treat for my fellow garment makers, the video that accompanies the campaign shows the complete development and construction of one of the gowns from the collection! This particular gown, is made with fabrics from Fabric Mart. The buttons on the gown also came from Fabric Mart in an assorted button bundle I got free during one of my fabric buying binges! (LOVE THOSE BUNDLES!!!) Go to www.gofundme.com/godsavetheprince to access the campaign and video.


Ultimately, I set out to use my knowledge of garment design to create wearable art pieces. I am so happy to have been a longtime customer of Fabric Mart because their beautiful fabrics made it possible for me to begin to realize my dream!

Please be sure to take a look at my GoFundMe campaign to see how I used my goodies from Fabric Mart. If you are able to contribute to the campaign, your donations would be greatly appreciated! Please feel free to share my story and the campaign with your friends and loved ones! Thanks!

Warmest,
Christian L Harris
ChristianLHarris.com


Have a great project you would like to share with us? Email us at fabricmartblog@gmail.com 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

And the Winner is....

We've made it to the end of the Fabricista Fashion Challenge! This year's challenge was a lot of fun and the ladies had such talent. I wish everyone could have won! I want to thank each one of our contestants for putting themselves out there in the sewing skills being challenged for a month and a half. (That is probably one of the biggest challenges!) 

Also a big thank you to all of our guest judges. They gave our contestants a lot of suggestions and praises. I bet if you asked any of them, the biggest challenge for them was picking the winner and who would be sent home!


Without further ado, let's see who our winner is....

Congratulations Dina, you are the winner of the 2nd Fabricista Fashion Challenge! You will receive $25 a month for one year to spend on fabric. You will also have the opportunity to be an official Fabricista for the next 6 months blogging with us! You will also receive a Julie's Picks membership. 




Our second place winner is Nakisha and you will receive a $100 gift certificate to spend at Fabric Mart and a Julie's Picks membership.



Our third place winner is   and you will receive a $50 gift certificate to spend at Fabric Mart and a Julie's Picks membership.



Again, congratulations to you all! You are very talented sewers! 

Reader Participation
And last but not least, we need to select a winner of the Flickr Group. Thank you to all the readers that participated on the sidelines. You never know, you may see one of them in Fabricista Fashion Challenge 3! 

The winner is... Elizabeth from I Sew, You Sew! You have won a $25 gift certificate to Fabric Mart. This was a randomly selected drawing. Please email me (fabricmartblog{@}gmail.com) to claim your prize.


The last thank you I want to put out there is to all our readers! I appreciate you taking the time to read and follow along in the challenge. I think it was a lot of fun for many of you as well! 

We have some exciting things planned for rest of the year. Stay tuned for more information on that. If you have any ideas or suggestions on things you would like to see on the blog, comment below or email me at: fabricmartblog@gmail.com.

That's a wrap!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Final Challenge: Inspired by Art - What They Made!

Well ladies, you're done! You've made it through 6 weeks of intensive sewing and a lot of hard work! The work you put into all of your garments really shows! Congrats to all three of you for making it this far!!

This week's challenge was to create a garment inspired by art. It could be an artwork, art movement, etc. Read details here. Everyone in this round wins something, but we have to come up with a Grand Prize winner! Here are the prizes:

- Grand Prize Winner will receive: $25 a month for one year to spend on fabric, plus be a Fabric Mart Fabricista for 6 months writing guest posts for the blog. (A $300 value with media exposure)

- Second place will receive: $100 gift certificate to spend at Fabric Mart, plus a Julie's Picks Membership to receive exclusive deals on select fabrics each month. 

- Third place will receive: $50 gift certificate to spend at Fabric Mart, plus a Julie's Picks Membership.

Guest Judges will be Angela Wolf and Sarah Bibb. Angela Wolf is known for her pattern line, Angela Wolf Designs and online classes on Pattern Review and Craftsy. Sarab Bibb is a designer/boutique owner in Portland, OR. You can check out her website HERE.

Left: Angela Wolf, Right: Sarah Bibb




Let's see what the contestants made!


Dina from My Superfluities


After reading what the last challenge was going to be, my brain *immediately* went to Jackson Pollock.  I own some Liberty tana lawn called Melly that is very reminiscent of his famous "splatter" paint technique and thought I would use that at first to create a design from one of my Japanese dress books.  But after doing some research on Jackson Pollock and reminding myself that the National Gallery of Art here in DC has one of his most famous works (that I also happen to LOVE) Number 1 Lavender Mist, I knew that I wanted to try painting the fabric myself, in colors I love, just like he did with his work.  To see how he did his splatter paint technique, check out this link. I explain how I created my vision of his work in my fabric below.  


But he alone did not inspire me in my creation. I also read up on his wife, Lee Krasner, who also was a very successful, if less well known artist, in her own right.  She was overshadowed by her husband, but her works also inspired me, as she, too, created works using a similar technique to Jackson Pollock.  

The garment I decided to make is from the era of both of these artists and based on the portraits I saw of Lee Krasner, I could easily have seen her in a similar piece.  


I was also inspired by this quote he made, which allowed me to fully release and let go during the process of painting my fabric: “When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It is only after a sort of ‘get acquainted’ period that I see what I have been about. I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.” 
Jackson Pollock:  Number 1 Lavender Mist (more amazing in real life, btw); Untitled 1951Convergence

Lee Krasner: Shellflower -- an article, btw, which has a lot of info on Lee Krasner); Shattered Color


I chose handkerchief linen because I know linen is perfection for accepting paints and colors, so it was a no-brainer choice. I had *just* enough to make my garment with a little left over for experimenting before I began the big painting job.  After deciding how I wanted to apply the paints--yellow, green, and turquoise were all applied in drips and gentle waves, while navy blue was applied more aggressively, I proceeded and when pleased with the results, I left the pieces to dry.  It says four hours on the Tulip soft paint, but it took nearly twenty-four hours to get mine to dry fully.  

I found that once dry, the pieces were easy to sew together, but the pressing process was very interesting and took me a long time since I didn't want to ruin all my hard work.  :)  


I chose Simplicity 1590 which is a reprint of a blouse pattern from the 1940s.  It features a scoop neck, fitted waist, and a peplum hem.  There is also a five button closure.  I chose this pattern, as I mentioned above, because it looks to me like something a woman like Lee Krasner would have worn, and since I wanted to keep her as part of my inspiration, I was specifically looking for something from that era.  


I also felt like the painting method used by Pollock would look good on a garment like this.  I saw that other designers (recently, in fact) have used Pollock for inspiration in their collections (Dolce and Gabbana, 2008, amongst others, AND Sportmax 2014--Rosario Dawson is wearing one of the dresses here.  Armed with the knowledge that I wasn't alone in my love of his unique art, I forged ahead, willing to take the risk.   


I loved the idea of something so prim and ladylike being paired with something so messy and not prim.  The disconnect makes this garment exciting to me.

I find it very wearable, but do look forward to washing it.  You have to wait at least 72 hours before doing so, but based on how long it took to dry, I think I will wait a week and carefully handwash mine and line dry it.

I will be wearing it with jeans since it looks so cute that way, but maybe for a night out I will wear it as I did in my "editorial/magazine" photos.


I love art. But the artworks and art movements that I love aren't necessarily translatable to wearable clothes for me :) Some of my favorite movements are expressionist and graffiti art. I had some ideas but I knew that I wouldn't be 100% into it as wearable clothing.

Way back when, I wanted to become an architect and still love architecture. My absolute favorite architectural design style is Minimalism. I knew that was the right direction for me to take. 

Where some may see minimalist architecture as stark & cold, I see sleek & clean. To me, minimalist architecture involves a modern yet comfortable vibe; a sophisticated easiness that manages to be simple without being boring.


Translating that to fashion, I immediately wanted a chic palette of neutrals. I knew I wanted a look that had crisp lines, little adornment and an interesting simplicity. I decided I had to have a pants/top/jacket combo. I also decided I HAD to sew from stash! 


The jacket is Vogue 8932 made from a very cool jacketing fabric from Fabric Mart.This stuff handles like a champ. It sews and presses well and takes topstitching beautifully. The jacket was difficult and pivoting is HARD but I powered through and I love it! 



The back of the jacket makes me think of Japanese architecture and you know they are all about minimalism!


The top is Simplicity 1364 in a cotton blend fabric (unsure of its origin!). I love the bateau neck and dropped shoulder! The pants are Vogue 9032 in a suiting with lovely drape and weight that I got from Fabric Mart about a year and a half ago.


In a surprising turn of events, these pants only needed minimal fit alterations to work! The top received a few alterations too (details on the blog). Both were finished with grey & white serger thread for contrast (haha! Or because that’s what was threaded in my serger!)

The hem on my pants was catch-stitched by hand. The top has top-stitched hems.


I think my look captures that sleek feel of minimalist architecture and it is completely ME! 




Sue from I Love to Sew!

The final challenge's instructions were to create a garment based on art, an art movement, art period, etc.  Basically sort of wide open, no?  While I don't think of myself as an artist, I do love looking at and admiring art. My favorite period? That's hard to pin down but I really love the art deco period and how that depicts clothing styles for men and women.


More specifically, the art deco period reminds me of pop art and the bold, bright colors, clean lines and classy clothing.



Are you familiar with pop art? How about Lichenstein? See what I mean by bright, bold colors and classy clothing?


A reoccurring theme kept popping up for me and that was a yellow trench coat, just like Dick Tracy wore. I h-a-d to have one!






I couldn't just make it as is so I added the black piping on the storm flaps, both front and back. The black buttons also set it off.


Constructing this coat in a short time period was quite an undertaking!  I didn't start on it until Saturday and I had another idea in mind but my daughter said to me, "Mom, you are in the top three. It is time to put up or shut up." Well said! So, I decided to go for the trench.



This coat doesn't call for a lining, but I added one as it is much easier to get a lined coat on and off. I used a soft gray for the body and white lining for the sleeves.  


I love my new coat and I can't wait to wear it!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Winner of 5th Challenge & FINAL Challenge Announced: Inspired by Artwork

The winner of the 5th challenge is...


Congratulations Nakisha! You are moving into the final round! You are also the winner of a special fabric bundle including an Italian coating with a laminated surface (VERY couture!), a water repellent linen, a printed linen and a paisley striped cotton shirting. You will also receive Dana Marie Design's Contemporary Classic Jacket Pattern and an assortment of Gutermann Cotton Thread. 

Unfortunately, Ann from SewBaby will be leaving the challenge. Great job in making it this far! You (and all the other contestants that participated) are extremely talented sewers!!

Winner from the Flickr Page: Deb M. is the winner of two free patterns from the Fabric Mart Sewing Pattern Collection. This was a randomly selected drawing. Please email me 
(fabricmartblog{@}gmail.com) to claim your prize. 




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It's time to get out of you comfort zone! 

Throughout time, fashion and art have come hand in hand. You couldn't have one without the other or we would look really boring. This week's challenge I'm asking you to pick an artwork, an art movement, an architectural design, etc. and create a garment or outfit that is reminiscent of what you chose. Your garment should be wearable in your life, but it's ok if you stand out, as long as you're ok with that! I just don't want you to create a "costume" that you will never wear. You can dye, paint, or do nothing to alter your fabric. The possibilities are endless.


Here are some ideas I found:


Yves Saint Laurent was inspired by Piet Mondrian's line art with primary colors. 


The Art Deco Movement has inspired everything from fashion and illustration to buildings and fixtures.

When submitting your information, please include the following as well: Tell us what artwork, movement, etc. you chose and why you chose it. Include a photo of the inspiration too. Explain what fabrics you chose and why. Then also tell us about your garment, why you created what you did and how you can use it in your life. 

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

Creativity - Did you put a lot of thought into your garment/outfit? Is there something that sets it apart from your average everyday garment?

Wear-ability - Is your garment/outfit wearable in your life? If you can pull off avant garde, go for it. But if you can't make sure it's tasteful to your life.

Craftsmanship - Were you careful in the overall construction of the garment?

Presentation - Stage your outfit in a setting that will go with your vision. Think of yourself as a model in a fashion spread. 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. So if you do some embellishing or a specific technique, zoom in and share with us! (Not all photos may be used in the final blog post, but shared with the judges.)

Guest Judges will be Angela Wolf and Sarah Bibb. Angela Wolf is known for her pattern line, Angela Wolf Designs and online classes on Pattern Review and Craftsy. Sarab Bibb is a designer/boutique owner in Portland, OR. You can check out her website HERE.

Left: Angela Wolf, Right: Sarah Bibb
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Entries are due by Wednesday, October 15th by 3pm, with viewer judging on Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17th. The winners will be announced Saturday, October 18th! (Contestants have had the challenge since October 7th.)


PRIZES!! --- Everyone wins something! 

Grand Prize Winner will receive: $25 a month for one year to spend on fabric, plus be a Fabric Mart Fabricista for 6 months writing guest posts for the blog. (A $300 value with media exposure). You will also receive a Julie's Picks Membership.

Second place will receive: $100 gift certificate to spend at Fabric Mart, plus a Julie's Picks Membership to receive exclusive deals on select fabrics each month. 

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

Reader Participation! 
Don't forget!! If you are watching from the sidelines, you can participate in the challenge too! Head on over to our Flickr page and upload your finished garment! Follow the same rules as the Challenge participants. Upload a photo of your finished garment by Thursday, October 16st (made during the challenge please, no previously made items!) We will have a random drawing for the Flickr winner! They will win a $25 gift certificate for Fabricmartfabrics.com. 

Ready, set, go!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

5th Challenge: Mystery Fabric Bundle - What They Made!

This week's challenge is a day late, because I was out of town at a trade show all week and didn't have access to a computer! So this week viewers will have Thursday and Friday to judge for their favorite! The winner will be announced this Saturday! 

To recap, this week's challenge was to create a 2-piece garment out of a fabric bundle I provided them. This is also the second to last challenge before the BIG one, so the last three going into the next challenge will win something.

Starting at top left: Green bundle - Nakisha; Gray/red bundle - Sue;
Tan/Black/ Red bundle - Dina; Blue/Pink bundle - Ann

This week's judge is Marcy Tilton, a renowned pattern designer and world traveler! You can check out her website here.  

Let's see what the contestants made!



Ann from SewBaby



Getting a mystery bundle is lot like playing cards- a bit of a gamble, but lots of fun!  In my bundle for this challenge, I had one wild card- a beige wool gabardine. One of the other fabrics in my bundle was a floral satin that I knew would make a great lining, so I decided to try to dye the wool to pick up the blue in the satin. This was my first attempt at dyeing fabric, so I researched, tested different formulas, and finally came up with the perfect mix of royal blue and aquamarine dye for the weight of wool that I had.  


After dyeing, I had just under two yards of wool- just enough for a great short jacket.  I used McCalls pattern 6294 which had a triangular insert in the back. My dyed wool had some parts that were more variegated than others, and I decided to feature the most variegated piece in the triangular insert. The wool was quite fluid, so I interfaced all of the pieces to give it more body.  


For the other part of my outfit, I decided to mix two knits- a ruffly jade green knit and a large white/gray floral with plastic sequins. My pattern was Hot Patterns 1144, Deco Vibe Sarine Dress which has a skirt overlay that tucks into the waistband. I only had one yard of the green knit, so it got used as the top portion. A piece of black swimwear fabric from my stash worked as a waistband to transition into the floral knit. Because of the plastic sequins, I chose a raw edge hem finish on the skirt sections. Had I not been participating in this challenge, I would have never thought of putting these fabrics together.  But, I think it works!


I love blues and greens and feel that this is a modern mix of colors that is "me".  I can wear the dress alone or with the jacket, and the jacket will be wearable with many other items in my wardrobe, as well. I'm excited that I branched out to try dyeing fabric, and will definitely be using this technique in the future (as well as ordering more mystery bundles)!  





Dina from My Superfluities


The top is Butterick 5922, and I decided to do a long version of view A. I used the white wool as the collar (even though it specified stretch knits only, the collar was fine in a woven), the animal print crinkle knit as the back piece (which I placed on a fold instead of having a center back seam), the reverse of the animal print crinkle knit (black nylon) for the sleeves, and the maroon horizontal rib knit for the front piece.  I love how it looks.  Though I am not one for colorblocking, and prefer my animal prints either abstract or classic 60s (think traditional leopard prints), this combo worked, and the front especially reminds me A LOT of Boden, they do tops like this quite frequently. 


Johnnie hasn't lost his job providing me with their cute clothing, but it was kind of thrilling to know I made a pretty good dupe (even if it has a bit of a "party" going on in back).  My hubby loves the front look, but can't get past the animal print, even though it is in his beloved Saints colors, black and gold.  I think I will wear it when he is watching the Saints play and if they score a touchdown, I will run into the room and yell, "the animal print did it, the print!" 


The pants are McCall's 6711.  I like pants that have pockets, and a zip in the back, with a minimal waistband, since I rarely tuck in my blouses or tops.  I am very high-waisted and sometimes front zips and buttons hurt when I sit down.  Anyhow, I was thrilled to see these would work for me, as the crotch curve is identical to a pair of Burda shorts I have made multiple times that fit me well.  I don't anticipate that all McCall's pants are like that, but these, yes!  I used the gorgeous wool plaid for the pants, alone, since I liked the idea of having a very traditional item with one less so up top.

 
My husband really likes these.  And because I love the fabric so much (even though it gave me fits while cutting it, grrr), I knew I wanted to spend the time ensuring the plaids matched up precisely and that the pants had a proper lining (made from a blue lightweight cotton).  The time and energy was worth it.  They feel so so good on...and remind me a lot of some RTW J. Crew pants that I have, but dang it be all, don't fit properly anymore.




I was the lucky recipient of bundle #1!  I received a grey/white faux sequin knit, a kelly green dazzle knit, a poly/cotton broadcloth in black, a light/mid printed ponte and a bright green sweater knit.
I was feeling pretty good about my bundle and was almost certain that with a 10 yard bundle we would be required to create 3 pieces to make an outfit. Don't ask me why, but I was CERTAIN.  And then we got the challenge. :)  

I knew the grey/white fabric was out because I just couldn't make it "go" with any combo of the others in my head. So I set about creating an outfit from the remaining 4. I had an entire different look initially (deets on the blog!) and ended up ‘scrapping' that plan...and sewing a new look from my scraps!!!



Sue from I Love to Sew!


So, I wanted a weekend, running errands sort of outfit and for fall in my neck of the woods, that means a jacket and pants.  And, on the weekend I want comfort!  So after rifling through my pattern stash, I found two winners that make up my outfit.

So, I hope you can tell which fabrics I used where!  The challenge stated you had to use the majority of the chosen fabrics for your garments.  Well...I am proud to say I ONLY used the fabrics provided!  Nothing from my stash was used...at all!  Two of the fabrics used on the jacket are pretty obvious.  One that may not be as noticeable is the gray satin that I used as the piping on the jacket.  So, I successfully used four of five fabrics only on these two garments!  



For my jacket, I wanted to make more of a layering piece rather than a full out jacket for cool days.  The piping was my own addition and I thought the touch of the gray pulled the two fabrics together and accentuated the gray zipper.    


Let's talk about those awesome details!  Is this the most RTW jacket you've ever seen?  It is for me!  I had so much fun with adding the snaps, topstitching, cords, and stoppers. 



Now for the pants...I wanted super comfy but stylish pants to run errands in and Vogue 1411 was the perfect choice!  This pattern came together fairly fast--even with all the topstitching! They fit well, are super comfortable, and dressier than your average leggings.  I see many more of these in my future! 


Check out my freaking awesome topstitching and how it matches at the outer leg!


I am very pleased with my new outfit.  I can't wait for the weekend to test it out!