Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fabricista Fashion Challenge Week #2!


First, I want to say thank you to everyone who voted for me last week!! I was so excited, and surprised to win for the week!!  Thank you!!



This week we were to take a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress as our inspiration, and make a wrap dress.  This challenge was difficult for me because it was so hard to pick which era I wanted to go with for an inspiration dress! In the end I choose to make my dress inspired by her recent line.
Here is my inspiration dress:
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I chose Vogue 8379 as my pattern and made some adjustments for my body type.
*1/2” swayback
*1/4” forward shoulder adjustment
*1/2” square shoulder adjustment
*Size 14 for shoulder, 16 for bust/waist, and 20 for hip (all 1 size lower than my measurements for less ease)

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I’ll be honest, I’ve never made a wrap dress and never worn one either. However, the pattern instructions are great and walk you through each step with helpful pictures. I made a test dress first, it fit well and only minor tweaking was needed so I moved on to the final dress.

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I love that there is an opening in the bottom of the bodice on the right side to allow one of the straps to go through when wrapping around. I don’t love that there is a ton of ease in the sleeves. Yuk.  I used my serger for most of the seams, only using the regular sewing machine to baste when instructed.

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I was inspired by the current line of DVF dresses because I love a great color blocked outfit. Sometimes dresses look awkward on my body (due to my pear shape) so the solid on top with print on the bottom helps keep a separation between my top and bottom halves. I wanted to keep the iconic ¾ length sleeves with the flared cuffs but left off the collar to keep it more modern looking. Can you believe I actually put the cuffs on the wrong way at first? Ugh! I had to sit and unpick the serging from each one and then re-attach the correct way. 

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I blind stitched the hem by hand and tacked down the facing on both the bodice and skirt in selective places to keep them from flipping out. I disliked the idea of a center back seam on the skirt, but understood after cutting my material that this is the only way to save on fabric. I was very careful to match the print on the center back seam to try and hide the fact that a seam is there.

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I’m very pleased with my dress and happy to have made something out of my comfort zone that I’ll actually wear.

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Fabric:  2 yards of “Regal Blue Poly ITY” from Hancocks; I had to pick this up on Friday specifically for this challenge.  $12.74.  2 yards of “Watercolor Floral Print ITY” from FabricMart, purchased July 2015, $9.00.  I absolutely love this fabric and will hoard my last 2 yards as long as I can!

Total for the dress: $21.74
Total time spent sewing the dress: 4 hours

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This week’s entries are all in and posted so head over to FabricMart’s blog to see them and vote for your favorite!!



















12 comments:

  1. Yay! Congratulations for last week, you deserved it :)
    I love your wrap dress too, the fabrics play so nicely together. You look so good in blue.
    Also, your pattern matching on the back is top notch ;)
    Best of luck in this weeks competition!

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  2. Kristin
    I've used Hancock's regal red ITY and it feels amazing. That blue is rich and goes with the floral print wonderfully. I think you have a great shot at back to back wins.

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    1. Thanks Frougie! Congrats on your win! Your dress was amazing :D

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  3. I love, love, love the colors you used on your dress!!!

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  4. Your dress looks so pretty--love the photo shoot! I hope you win this week's challenge!! I'm rooting for you!!

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    1. Aw. Thanks Shirley! I didn't win, but I'm not out yet either :D

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  5. Congrats on your win!! I love the mix of print and solid on your dress. Very flattering!

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  6. Congratulations on winning round #1. This dress is gorgeous. Truly. The solid color top and floral bottom is fantastic. Brava!

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    1. Thank you Meigan! This challenge has been so fun - it has pushed me to sew for myself more. :)

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