Monday, September 23, 2013

Fabricista Challenge Week #2 - Description Dress

I made it to round #2 of the Fabricista Sewing Challenge.  Yay!  

Here's this week's Fabric Mart Fabricista Challenge:

Challenge: Using the pattern that we have selected for you, Salme's Yoke Dress, create a unique garment that reflects your personality. You can alter the pattern or add to the pattern to make it more you. Think of one of two words that describe you to inspire your look.
This challenge will be judged on creativity, craftsmanship, how well represented your two words are in your design, difficulty, and fit.
And here's my submission:

CHEERFUL AND STRONG are the two words I used to describe myself.  I don't consider myself a particularly moody person (please don't ask my husband if he agrees) and most of the time try to be cheerful.  And strong…..well, I think everyone should use that word to describe themselves.
After choosing my words it was easy to come up with the idea for the dress.  I went to the fabric store to buy black and white ponte knit and came home with the very last piece of turquoise baby wale corduroy.  I don't know how it happened but it did.  This is the story of my life.

I loved working with this Salme pattern because it was so versatile.  I made quite a few changes including: changing both the front and the back yokes of the dress, removing the back button opening, making a square neckline, narrowing the shoulder, lengthening it 2" and lining the bodice with a crazy black print.  The alterations took it from a party dress to a jumper I can wear all winter with a black t-shirt underneath.  I stitched out a Jacobean embroidery design on the center front for my CHEERFUL and added charcoal studs at the yokes for my STRONG.
 When I was finished I said to my son "Look at this dress with the embroidery and studs and tell me what you think the two words are that I used to describe myself."  He said, "Happy and you're a stud?"  Well, it's close I guess.

Head on over to the FabricMart blog to check out all of the other entries and vote.


  1. Love the colors with that embroidery! Reminds me of Mexican dresses, which to me are always very cheerful!

  2. Great dress and I love your title ( and son!)

  3. Soo nice!! I love the color and the lining. Your changes are terrific! The embroidery is really cool and matched with the studs. I've been reading about your adventures with your embroidery work... how much fun is that machine! Man... there is some really tough competition here!!!!!

  4. Your changes are great - I really like what you did with the yoke. And that dress is definitely cheerful and strong!

  5. This dress turned out so cute and very wearable for every day! I love the embroidery!