Monday, October 28, 2013

Fabricista Sewing Challenge #6

Here's challenge #6 in the FabricMart Fabricista Challenge:

Fabric of OUR Choice
A box of beautiful fabric just showed up at your door and you need to make something to wear this weekend! For this challenge, you should have received two panels of poly chiffon in the mail. You will need those for this challenge!

You will have one week to complete this challenge.
Challenge: Using the fabric we have selected for you, challenge yourself by making a unique garment and working with a material you may not have used before to create one well-made garment. You can use a pattern of you choice to construct your garment. 
You will be judged on creativity, functionality, craftsmanship, and fit. 

Here's the fabric panel:

Here's my submission:

Well….when I opened the envelope and found this fabric, I didn't know what to think.  I love the colors and the stripes look like maypole ribbons, but it's a large print with a busy border and it's not yardage but two scarf panels.

It can be challenging to make a large print flattering and even more challenging trying to make a border print work so deciding on the design was definitely the hardest part.   I started thinking about what Stacy and Clinton would say (from "What Not To Wear") and knew they'd say large prints are good in a simple design and…. keep the stripes vertical.  So that's what I did.  I loosely based the pattern on a top I love that my mom gave me a few years ago (thanks mom!) and put the border print at the hem so the stripes would be vertical.

 I rolled the hem on the sleeve and hem and added a wide smocked bottom which added shape to flatter but kept the blouse flowy. I added pleats and bias binding to the neckline and finished the neck with hand-rolled bias tubing.  All of the seams are french seams for a clean look through the sheer fabric. I love this blouse and hope Stacy and Clinton approve.  I'm hoping to wear it to a nice dinner very soon….hint, hint. 

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


  1. I actually really like how you used the print on this one!

  2. That is just gorgeous and a wonderful use of the print.

  3. That is a wonderful make, Diane! You used the print very well indeed and made a lovely, flowy, feminine top!

  4. This is my fav! It was such a hard print to work with and I think you did a great job!

  5. You are very creative. This is one of the most RTW tops that I've ever seen.