Monday, November 18, 2013

The Final Challenge! Yay!

This is my final entry in the FabricMart Fabricista challenge.  I can't believe I made it this far.  I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in these challenges and seeing what the other seamstresses make.  It's made me a better seamstress, stimulated my creativity and boosted my wardrobe!  I want to thank everyone at FabricMart for this opportunity and I particularly want to thank all of the ladies who have participated.  Your work inspires me!

Three seamstresses are completing in this challenge including Kathy from KathySews and Shannon from ShanniLoves.

Here's the challenge:

Create 3 pieces that can be worn together as one outfit or 2 outfits that could be worn to the same event. Using the Pantone Fall Color Chart, select 2 fall colors to inspire your outfit. 
You will be judged on creativity, craftsmanship, use of color, and fit.





Back in jr. high, my dear friend Adi (who is still my dear friend) complimented me on my purple pants.  Any compliment given to an insecure jr high kid is a treasure but for me, this was really big since....I had two pair.  Some may think it was excessive to have had two fifths of my pant wardrobe be purple but for me (and many other girls I would imagine) purple is a neutral.  When I saw purple on the Pantone color chart I knew I needed to head back to my fashion "roots" and make some updated purple pants.


For this final challenge, I chose acai (Pantone purple) and samba (Pantone red) to put a twist on a classic outfit every girls needs: a trench coat, chinos and blouse.  The fully lined cotton sateen coat was inspired by a Marc Jacobs print trench and has a large rounded collar and trim on the 3/4 length sleeves and placket. It's lined in a red silk/cotton blend and the lining and facings are piped with black ric rac.


Marc Jacobs Trench
The slim chino pants are made from a purple stretch cotton with two welt pockets on the back and a curved waistband.  I chose white for the blouse to make a play on the classic white shirt and to make the jacket "pop".  The sleeveless shell has pleats at the center front and is finished with french seams, self bias binding and pleated trim around the neckline.




Check out all of the fantastic Fabricista entries at the FabricMart blog and vote!

And a super special "thank you" to my family for helping with pictures and never complaining about the whirring of the sewing machine late at night.  I'm really sorry for all of the pins on the floor.  I hope I didn't cause any permanent damage to your feet!



Photo Bomber!  She makes me laugh!






13 comments:

  1. Your outfit is classic and lovely. I really like the red purple black and white combination.

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    1. Thank you. You just can't go wrong with red and purple!

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  2. Cutie!!! How funny we picked the same color palette!! I just love red and purple together so much I want to sew more of that palette. Lovely outfit! Good luck! I think we are all winners! :)

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    1. I love this palette. And....I think I used the exact same fabric for my pants as you did for your skirt! We would be hilarious in the fabric store together.

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  3. Holy cow! I love this so much!!! I want this outfit! Congratulations, you did such a top notch job here, lady. Shanni is right... we are all winners :)

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    1. Thank you. I think we are all winners too. I've learned so much. I really love the jacket you made for the contest and I would be okay if you wanted to give it to me....heehee. You're a beautiful seamstress!

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  4. That coat is so gorgeous! I love it!

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate all of the support you've given. It means a lot.

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  5. Well done! Can you talk more about what patterns you used? I loved each of your makes but always wanted to hear more about your pattern choices!

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    1. Yes. I used Burda 8292 for the coat (I have a pattern review I'll post by the weekend) and the pants are Simplicity 1696 and I reviewed a black pair on my blog earlier in the year. And I made the pattern for the top. I draped it on my friend Pricilla, my dress form....she never complains when I pin her. Thank you for following the contest. I've appreciated your comments!

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  6. I still am so inspired by your sewing savvy, your enduring awesomeness, and your purple pants! What a great outfit. xoxo80

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    1. Adi, thanks! You're still complimenting my purple pants!

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