Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SWAP - Sewing with a Plan - Wardrobe Contest

My current wardrobe is minimal - and I want to change that. I entered the Travel Wardrobe at Pattern Review in February and now have the outfits below for summer. (The navy and white top, navy skirt, aqua dress and shrug were for the contest.)

Now I've taken on a bigger challenge - the Wardrobe Contest. Here are the details: 

During this 6-week contest, you'll be required to sew the following 9 items:

4 tops
3 bottoms
2 sewist's choice

The tops may be tee's, blouses, shirts, tunics--pretty much any item that covers the top half of your body!

Bottoms may be pants, shorts, jeans, skirts, culottes, jumpsuits, etc.

The 2 "Sewist's Choice" items may be another top or bottom, a dress, a jacket or cardigan (just examples). Ask me if you have questions but as long as it coordinates with the other items, it works! (Remember it must be a piece of clothing, not an accessory.)

ONE item, and only one item, can be something previously purchased or sewn or purchased during the contest.

For the past week I've been pulling fabrics and patterns, doing a little shopping and a lot of thinking. This is what I've come up with so far.

Vogue 1410 in a polka dot chambray
This dress is not my usual style but I saw it made up in a fabric store in town and really liked it. This will be one of my Sewist's Choice items. I hope to stitch it up before the contest begins.

Vogue 8689 in a small print blue and white voile
I've made this shirt twice for my daughters and now want one for myself. 

McCall's 7093 in the red polka dot linen
This is a new-to-me pattern and I still need to measure the pattern and possibly do a muslin before the contest begins.

Vogue 7947 is there for the shell top. I'll make it from the stretch lace with a dark blue under shell (attached).
I'll likely not use this pattern, but a self-drafted one for which I have no photo.

Vogue 8499 from the blue linen/rayon 
I'm planning to make both a skirt and a pair of pants with this pattern. I'm still on the hunt for another fabric before I decide whether or not the blue will be skirt or pants. I put the white fabric alongside just for an idea. White linen might be nice if I can't find anything else.

Vogue 8982 from the red linen
After avidly reading the reviews on Pattern Review, I adjusted the pattern (cut out a 10 based on my upper bust measurement) and did a small FBA (1/2 inch), a narrow shoulder adjustment (5/8 inch) and stitched up a quick muslin. I'll cut it out as soon as the contest begins and it will likely be the first thing I sew. Also a Sewist Choice item.

Vogue 8831 will be the last top. I'm looking for a red and white print knit but haven't found anything yet.

Whew. That's a lot to sew in 6 weeks.  

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