"Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Funky Finesse

Funky Finesse, my entry in the Pattern Review Mini-Wardrobe contest is finished!  Being involved in this contest was lots of fun and I love all my new pieces -especially the "finished" part.  There is always lots of "talk" and encouragement on the PR message board during the contest.  It's a great way to make internet sewing friends and everyone that finishes is a "winner".
Front - three fabrics used.

Back w/silk screening
My pieces included two pairs of pants.  My Marcy Tilton lantern pants sewed up quickly and I have worn them several times.  The Sewing Workshop Urban Pants were another story.  The problems with this pattern were all my own fault!  Even though I did a muslin, I just did a partial one and didn't realize how big these were on me.  After abandoning them for several days while I made the Liberty Shirt, I went back and did the necessary adjustments to "make it work".  Next time (and there will be a next time) I will go down a size or two.  The Liberty Shirt went together quickly and easily and I have already worn it to work.  My fun piece was the Marcy Tilton t-shirt.  I used a pack of Cool Combo fabrics that were on Marcy's site earlier this year and combined the fabrics and then silk-screened the shirt.  This is only the second time I have tried silk-screening and it is so much fun.  The silk-screening seems to meld the various fabrics into a unique piece  - or something:)

The contest requires a composite picture of the six outfits created with the four new pieces and one piece previously owned.  My previously owned piece is a white shirt I made about 1.5 years ago (before divorce).  It never got reviewed, but it is the Perfect Shirt from Petite Plus.  Since I live alone, I bought a tripod and took my own pictures.  Interesting to say the least!  Peggy W is responsible for that little venture.  The final requirement was a "composite" picture showing the six outfits.  Whew - had to figure out how to do that, too.  I probably could have sewn another garment in the time it took me to figure out all the technical stuff - and it would have been more fun!

I'm sure my sister, Ardell, is asleep or has quit reading by now.  When she was here, she told me she skipped the sewing posts:)  That's okay - that's how I feel about "teacher talk".

Spring has still not sprung around here.  It has been cold and rainy - the high today is in the low 50s!!!

11 comments:

Jilly Be said...

Love love love all of your wardrobe!

Peg said...

You'll be happy you have that tripod when you need it on your next adventure! You'll thank me then! ;>)

Love your new wardrobe! Wish you were close enough to make one for me! :) (I'm known for my optimism!)

Roz said...

I think this is great!! Your wardrobe is ready for spring.

PeggyK in NC said...

I love all these pieces but the t-shirt w/silk screening is fabulous and my favorite - it looks so good! You look great modeling your work. You should definitly win this contest. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Your wardrobe is wonderful! You're such an inspiration. I really want to try silk screening after seeing your lovely new MT top! Nice work. I am sure you will enjoy wearing your new very stylish wardrobe. You look beautiful in your pics, Peggy. Much love, Christa

Ardell said...

I have to say that I am very jealous of the new wardrobe...guess I'll head out to Macy's :)

nitacrow said...

Beautiful outfits. I do not sew, but I love all your stuff you make and hear the happiness you present in sewing....you truly love it....

Keep it up Peggy, you ROCK!

bluemooney said...

Congrats on getting that pesky composite done. Also on making the urban pants work. I think they are my favorite part .... Except that every top is my favorite part, too!

Doris W. in TN said...

What gorgeous clothes!

Sherry said...

Love...Love...Love it!!!

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

absolutely fabulous..and the clothes look great too.