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Colette Spring Summer 2012 Palette Challenge
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Obviously I am a bit behind with completing my challenges as this one was originally posted at The Sew Weekly for January 15-21. Even so, I am glad to have this cute little clutch completed. I used leftover material from my Easter dress so not only does it match perfectly, but is a great stash buster!

The Facts: Buttons January 15-21

Fabric: ¼ yard lavender linen and ¼ yard lavender lining remnants from Easter dress purchased from Hancock Fabrics in Columbia, SC January 2012 ($3)

Pattern: Simplicity ($1) from eBay

Year: 1960’s?

Notions: thread, fusible interfacing ($4) scrapbooking buttons from stash

Time to complete: 2 hours

First worn: For these photos but will be used on Easter Sunday

Wear again: Yes

Total cost: $8

Simplicity 4838

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So I have been lurking over at The Sew Weekly ever since I picked up sewing as a hobby last summer. I followed the 4 contributors and Mena through the end of the year and was excited to learn she was going to open the challenges to a plethora of new contributors of all shapes and sizes. Though I definitely don’t have the skills or time to be an “official” contributor, I thought I could follow along with the challenges each week as a way to reduce my ufo and fabric stash.

The first challenge of the year was January 8-14th and it called for contributors to use an accessory to make a statement. Mena posted The “Statement Necklace” Dress  as inspiration. I thought my black embroidered shawl fit the bill nicely. I have been working on it for months and now if I can get the fringe completed this week, you will see some nice photos to go with the following facts:

The Facts: Accessorize January 8-14
Fabric: 2.5 yards black crepe satin purchased from MaryJo’s Cloth Shop in Gastonia, NC August 2011($20)

Pattern:  Vogue 1334 ($7.50 from eBay)

Year: mid 1970s?

Notions: DMC #5 Perle cotton embroidery thread $50 even with Michael’s 40% off coupons, black thread

Time to complete: About 30 hours. The actual cutting and sewing time was only a few hours but the embroidery took forever!!!

First worn: Not yet!

Wear again: Sure but this will be used mainly for more formal events such as Big Band concerts and the like as it is really super fancy.

Total cost: $87.50

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Pattern Stashbusting

Back in August when I was first learning to sew, I also discovered the AMC hit show, Mad Men. Though the drama was full of great actors, I spent most of my time swooning over the clothing which led me to purchase WAY too many vintage sewing patterns. All would be fine except most of them are meant for a significantly smaller frame than I currently possess.  In an attempt to spend my limited time actually sewing instead of fondling the merchandise, I recently put a large portion of my patterns up for bid on eBay. The remaining patterns I  kept are mostly modern but many do have a retro vibe. Hopefully having them organized and in one place will be the incentive I need to actually use them!

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Fall Sewing Challenge

I have recently picked up sewing in addition to my numerous other hobbies and plan to take part in the Fall Sewing Challenge being offered by Colette Patterns. I am using the fabric below to make a wonderful gathered jacket. The pattern says it is a “Simple Project” but when I read the instructions I was already a bit overwhelmed. Hopefully that is a temporary state! I will post pics of my progress soon…

Fall Jacket and Skirt Material

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