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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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