Fabricista Challenge Week 7: Mixed PrintsMonday, November 04, 2013
Mixing prints can be tricky but when done correctly brings out so much fun and personality in an outfit. Here are the rules for this challenge:
Challenge: Using at least two prints, coordinate them to make an outfit. Use only the fabric prints you have chosen to make your pieces. Think about where you would wear your fun outfit and choose a theme for your photo shoot.
You will be judged on creativity, craftsmanship, how well your prints work together, your images, garment personality, and fit.
After receiving the rules I headed straight to Joann Fabric on my lunch hour to get some ideas. I almost instantly spotted the two prints I wanted to use. A vibrant silky floral peach skin and a navy blue polka dot peach skin. Now what I've read on the internet about peach skin fabric is that it's most likely a woven polyester that is treated to have a mildly velvety textures just like a peach's skin. What I imagine when I think of peach skin is those tiny little hairs....nope, this fabric is not hairy. It has a silky touch and feels really nice against the skin.
I knew I wanted to make a dress and this fabric reminded me of Spring. It's only November and I'm already dreaming about Spring and apparently still sewing for the season. (It's gonna be a LONG winter) The pattern I chose was Cynthia Rowley's Simplicity 2250. I hadn't a clue that the bodice alone has 11 pattern pieces containing 7 darts, 4 pleats and a fold. I was slowly starting to see my weekend unfold. I mulled over Pattern Review.com for a couple days reading reviews and planning my attack.
I spent a whole evening after work just cutting out the pattern and fabric. I ran into a snag. After laying out my fabric on my cutting table (aka: kitchen island) I noticed a huge flaw in my fabric that ran at a diagonal all the way down the fabric.
I decided I didn't have time to return it the next day so I worked around it strategically placing my pattern pieces around the bad spot. Maybe this is why it was marked 50% off!?
16 pattern pieces in total for View C. I chose to leave out the pockets and the tie back. If I ever chose to wear a jacket with it I didn't want a hump back from the tie.
Now how scary looking is this pattern piece? If you follow the directions and assemble the darts in order you'll have no problems. It is time consuming and starts to play a little mind trickery on you after awhile but the end result is so worth it. I love what all the darts do for the print of the fabric.
The bodice is also fully lined and interlined. A lot of reviews have said the lining is too short for the bodice so I followed some other bloggers and lengthend my lining by an inch. The skirt has lots of gathers and pleats and my favorite part is the contrasting ruffled back casing and bottom hem. I had quite a bit of the polka dot fabric left so I also made a belt.
For the challenge we were to describe where we would wear our outfit. I imagine wearing it to an outside celebration decorated with lots of beautiful flowers like a Garden Party or do those only exist in songs? I'm surrounded by lots of friends, food and good wine...or is that good food and wine? Either way it's all good!
And because I'm not one for all seriousness all the time here's a goof shot....who needs a glass???