2015 Jeans Contest

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I'm a Winner!!

Posted by Alethia on March 25, 2015 at 8:53pm 5 Comments

Well, after a little over a week of anticipation, the day has come that the winner(s) of the Pattern Review Jeans contest were announced. Although I did not win the First prize, I certainly am grateful to be winner of the Random Drawing prize, yaaayy!! Cudos and congratulations to Meggipeg and Sharonspils whom both tied for the First Place Prize!

You can read more about the winners here, Winners of the Jeans Contest. I want to say, all of the participants had some awesome entries and unbelievable workmanship! This was a fun and exciting challenge. 

Being a part of this Jeans contest allowed me to fulfill a few ongoing goals. First, my plan was to make another pair of jeans this year ( my third pair), so this was perfect. I immediately joined in. Second, I am on a stash-busting mission, and I was able to eliminate yet another piece of fabric. And, third, my goal is to work with patterns I have not used yet in my inventory. Burda 8488 was a pattern that I've had in my stash for a few years but never got around to creating it. This was the perfect opportunity. These jeans came out better than I expected. I absolutely love them. I will definitely be making these again in some form or another.

Now, I'm off to get knee deep in some custom work and alterations. It's that time of year again for Easter, prom, and bridesmaid dresses to be made. So, I'll see you on the other side of busy!!



M6571 and Elliott Berman Textiles...A Winning Combination!

Posted by Alethia on March 22, 2015 at 7:00pm 7 Comments

This has been on my to-do list for at about two years now. SO, finally, I realized what I envisioned. As soon as I locate the original draft  I will share it. Before I go into details about how I saw this playing out, let me tell you how I came across this beautiful fabric.

A couple of years ago, I came across a Elliott Berman Textiles post on Facebook. Every Thursday they run a contest called Fabriclove Giveaway. Most times, all you have to do is like their page and comment. Well, at that time, that's just what I did. And, I won!!! In June of 2013, this is what I received...

When I first saw it, I couldn't decide which direction I wanted to go with it. What I did know, is that I did not want your traditional dress or skirt with a border print. I wanted something different. So, I let it sit for a while. It wasn't until last year, in making plans for a fashion show, that I determined what I wanted... full-leg pants with a border print. I envisioned it with a waist length (crop) top made from a mustard-colored lace with 3 big buttons down the back. I had the perfect lace in mine, a piece of fabric that I got from Hancock's when their color-dotted fabric was on sale even more. At that time, I bought the gold lace, royal blue lace, and a plum colored lace. 

Since I'm on this sewing journey of stash busting and unused pattern consumption, the perfect opportunity presented itself for me to create this outfit. I was invited to a Tea this past Saturday. And, I was asked to be one of the auditors for an elementary school pageant. This would work great for both. Sadly, I did not make the Tea, which…





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