Challenge: Favorite Pattern of the Year
Fabric: Gold Brocade Fabric from Thrift
Pattern: A Frankenstein from my drape neck dress pattern McCalls 6069 and the back and sleeves from NewLook 6483.
Notions: thread and a gold brooch
Time to complete: Quick, but figuring out how to design the front took some time
First worn: December 8 to see Beauty and the Beast at the Junior College
Wear again? I’ve worn it a few times in the last couple of weeks.
Total price: Next to nothing
Lately, I’ve been very drawn to the glittery and sparkly things around me. So with great enjoyment, I took two of my go-to favorite patterns and drafted what I thought would be the loveliest top. After putting it together, I discovered that my gold fabric did not want to drape softly, like a jersey knit, rayon, or soft cotton. It was rather stiff and not very flattering. I played around with it for a few days on the dress form and finally came up with a passable alternative, soft pleats and a small “rose” like gathering of the fabric just off center. I stitched the gathers with invisible thread and then added a brooch to make it look like an intentional design element. I think it worked out fairly well, anyway it was a nice save.
I wore it to a wonderful rendition of Beauty and the Beast. I took two of my daughters, and my two grand-daughters. We had a great time! I also wore my Christmas coat, which I continue to get compliments on every time I wear it. That is really my favorite accomplishment this year. Just the other day, I ordered material to make my daughter one. That will probably be my first sewing project for 2013. I might try bound buttonholes, printed lining, and interfacing from that place that Lee suggested.
We took advantage of the three way mirror in Marshall’s dressing room to take a few pictures of me modeling the blouse.
For Christmas this year, my family decided to draw names and keep the gift around 30.00 dollars. Everyone shared 3 or 4 things that they would really like to have, so the gift giver isn’t stressing over what to get them. Everyone else will receive a smaller token gift, handmade if possible. I’m so glad that we are not randomly buying things that no one cares about. I will probably spend between now and Christmas busy making 12 somethings. I haven’t really decided what it will be, but Pinterest has been the best source of ideas. I love that site!
Is this the last challenge? I’m still a little confused about that. If it isn’t, I have something planned for the Happy Holidays, something sparkly! If this is the last one, then I just want to say that I have tremendously enjoyed being a part of the Sew Weekly Challengers. All of you have been a big part of every week of my life this last year. I have enjoyed and learned from your comments, posts, struggles, and triumphs. You have inspired me and helped me to meet every challenge this last year. Here’s hoping the Sew Weekly continues into the future. I will be an active viewer, but I plan to cut back on my sewing, taking more time to make even better garments. I will post every few weeks instead. I wish you Happy Holidays with your family and friends and Happy Sewing to All!