Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Big Reveal: Last phase of the Sew Tall and Creative Design Challenge

First and foremost I must say that I am thankful for this opportunity. When I began sewing 3 years ago, I never imagined being a part of anything related to sewing. There was also a point where I never imagined wearing the clothes that I made outside of the house. As I continued to learn more, I created more. Every little step that I make towards becoming better at this gift is a personal reward to myself. When MARGE Clothing and Tall Guides collaborated on this challenge I knew that this would be nothing short of amazing! They selected 4 participants the_tall_mama, diy_wardrobe, sewdiyblog, and prettytallsewnsew (me). All 4 participants were gifted fabric to choose from.

The challenge began on March 20, 2017  and ended today, May 20, 2017.
The 3 phases were:
  • Inspiration and Intention
  • Concept/ Initial Design Process (sketching and selection of fabrics)
  • Construction Process/Sewing
  • Reveal of Final Garment
I chose to use 4 of the fabrics that I received to created 2 similar by very unique dresses. The idea that I had in mind for my looks was party themed/ I wanted a look that could go from a yacht party to a wedding reception if needed. I wanted it to have a casual and a dressy appearance.
During the construction of both dresses, I encountered obstacles. The first obstacle was convincing myself to use boning. I admire seamstresses who make it look so easy. After viewing some videos on YouTube I decided to give it a try. I discovered that you could purchase boning that came with its own casing...GENIUS! This took away my fear and I felt confident that I could not go wrong using it. Fortunately, I didn't have to use my seam ripper during that process. I installed the boning into the lining and then attached it to the fabric. I also encountered some fraying because the fabrics were non-stretch.

After the sewing and construction process ended, the real fun began! It was time to strut my stuff! This has always been the fun part to me. I love to dress up and style clothing. I wanted several looks for the bottom of the dress. The first look was the nice figure flattering semi-pencil skirt which I created and added to one of the bodices. This is a shorter skirt because I wanted a fun party look. I wanted to be able to move around in it so I made it a little bigger. I also took the purple sheer fabric and created a very pretty belted look that I love so much! This fabric can be used in so many ways. It can be worn long or short depending on your preference.

For the second look, I used the light pink, sheer, polka dot fabric with a lining to create a gathered skirt. I also added a belt to jazz it up. You can use any belt of your choice. I used many unlikely combinations to create these looks. I also have several pairs of shoes that I wanted to wear but I narrowed it down to a few.

Below are pictures and small video clips of my sewing journey with this design challenge. Please comment and let me know how you like them and how you would style them. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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1 comment:

  1. I am so in awe of the work that you put into this challenge. I love both versions, especially the look with the purple chiffon.

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