Sunday, May 22, 2016

Burda 6795 and The Great Fabric Swap

Hello everyone, I joined the "PeriCrafters" challenge for May. The subject is "the great fabric swap" and oh my was this a great challenge! All participants who joined were paired with someone (and there are quite a few participants too!). Everyone was required to send their partner 2 yards of fabric from their stash only. (You could not purchase anything new). It had to be something you liked and not crappy fabric you just didn't want, LOL! The person you were matched with, would send you something from their stash as well. Each of you were to create something from the fabric you received, it could be anything you wanted to make! Of course there were deadlines for getting the fabric out and a deadline for completing your project (which is the end of May).

Ms. Janna was my partner and I received this lovely purple (eggplant colored) knit fabric. The fabric actually has ruffles on it which is beautiful...I was in love with it as soon as I removed it from the package.

As usual with us creative types, I got stumped on what to make with this fabric and it was driving me crazy. In my mind I just couldn't bring myself to cut it because I was afraid I would ruin it! Why do we do ourselves that way and create such doubt in our abilities?!! However, I wasn't stumped for long, it came to me in a dream one night. I woke up the next morning and started cutting right into this sweet fabric! I had dreamed I wanted a two-piece dress (I love separates) so I decided to use Burda 6795 to create the top. (I used View A, the Red one)

For the skirt, I used my TNT for a pencil skirt (pencil skirts are my absolute favorite!). I've made so many of them, that now I just pull out one of my skirts and cut around it right on the fabric to make a new one!

Since this was intended as a cute, casual, summer skirt I made it a little shorter than my normal pencil skirts. However, I have to tell you I under estimated sewing this fabric! Those ruffles turned out to be my "Achilles' heel"! A lot of "wash away wonder tape" was used for the seams to keep those ruffles in line! Without it, I probably would have trash this entire project! Lucky for me that didn't happen and I ended up with a very cute two-piece dress!

You may notice the top appears a little "see through", so I decided to underline the skirt...

Now I won't be showing my goodies, especially since I don't wear slips much. (They make me to hot in Florida!)

I really like the flexibility of separates because this cute top would look great with a pair of white shorts or white jeans. Likewise for the skirt, it would look good with a great white top too! I just love this set so much, can you tell??!!

I have to thank the lovely Ms. Janna for sending me such a wonderful fabric to work with and pray she enjoys her as much as I did this one!!

Thanks ya'll for stopping by and joining me on my quest to create nice fashion! I really appreciate it!

Let Your Creativity Shine!


Still Sewing!

Hi everyone! I'm still around and sewing. I can't lie, I've just really been lazy with blogging! I've been stuck on other social media...Periscope, Facebook, YouTube and twitter mainly. It's an addictive (viscous) cycle! With that said, I can't believe I actually stuck my nose into Snapchat recently too! Really? Don't I have enough to do already? If you've not got the addiction yet, DON'T DO IT!! LOL!

However, one thing I can talk about is the positive benefits I gained from two of the social media outlets, Facebook and Periscope. I joined a Facebook group called "Pericrafters" a few months ago. It's a group of wonderful people who craft! (Men and women). All are very supportive and there's loads of inspiration!! The only criteria for joining is that you use Periscope occasionally to communicate about your craft or whatever you like. I've met so many great people already! They have challenges, giveaways, virtual tours, swaps and just loads of fun!!

April was the first Pericrafter challenge I joined and it was a T-shirt challenge. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to complete the many T-shirts I wanted to for the challenge. (LOL! I never do...grand imagination, no time!). However, I did get to complete a new pattern I wanted to try and it turned out pretty good too! It was the Named Selja Knot Tee.

I purchased the Named Selji T-shirt pattern as a PDF download. It was a very quick and easy T-shirt to put together! Let me tell you, it took longer (at least I felt that way) to pin the PDF together, trace it and cut out the pieces than it did to sew it up! I elected not to include the pattern neck and sleeve bands this time to make it a quicker sew. I will include them next time. I also made it sleeveless too. I use a heathered blue and a white rayon Lycra knit fabric (for contrast) from my stash to create this cute color blocked T-shirt! And I love it!

I have to admit when I first saw the pattern sample photo, I thought this was a woven top! Probably made from silk or rayon...something flowy like that. However, as a fashion creator, we have the option to do just that if we like, right?!! (And I just might do that too!)

All in all, I really do like it and the pattern will make my pattern rotation list!

Thanks for stopping by and giving me a little of your reading time, I really do appreciate it, especially in this crazy new social media world we live in!! Reading is definitely fundamental!!

Let Your Creativity Shine!