Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sew Unique Contest Entry

Hi!  Sorry I've been away so long.  I've had my hands full with the kids and now the PTA (but that's a different story). 

I'm really excited to share my most recent project with y'all!  I haven't gotten to sew in quite a while so I was glad for this opportunity.  It's for Jo-Ann Fabrics' Sew Unique sewing contest.  The guidelines were to sew something unique with utility fabric.  I love contest like this because they get you to thinking creatively.  Anyway, here's what I came up with!

(Please excuse the very white legs, they didn't see much daylight this summer!)

So, I decided to use ironing board cover material because of the shiny silvery color.  Honestly, it was the most unique of the utility fabrics that I could imagine myself using.  I knew I wanted to make clothing, and I couldn't bring myself to use burlap!  (There are actually some awesome entries using burlap though.  I actually think a few of them have a very strong chance of winning.)

For the pattern I started with a sloper pattern from a book I have called Built by Wendy Dresses. I have to say I am NOT impressed with the pattern.  I ended up drafting the whole thing myself over top of the Built by Wendy pattern.  It would have saved me a lot of time and muslin if I had just drafted my own pattern in the first place, but you live and learn I guess!

The ironing board cover material was pretty thick, but wasn't too difficult to work with.  I serged the edges of all the pieces before sewing them together and instead of pressing the seams open, I top-stitched them all down.  That helped keep them from being so bulky.

Now I'm just waiting to hear who the finalists will be.  If I'm chosen I'll have to send this off to be judged more closely (which makes me nervous), but I'm optimistic. Even if I don't win, it was still fun to make something "Sew Unique"! (sorry, couldn't resist!)

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