Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Sew Weekly Challenge 2012

I’ve mentioned before my love for Mena and her blog The Sew Weekly. She started in 2010 making 1 dress per week and photographing it. Last year she asked if anyone else wanted to join here and 4 other wonderful ladies were chosen (Adey, Debi, Sarah and Veronica) this year is a bit different! As long as you get your theme outfit in on time and with nice photos you could be a Featured Contributor! Fun!
Last year I did a pitiful job on the challenge and only made about 10 out of 52 outfits! This year I hope to make 52 out of 52...and maybe even make it to the feature section!
Last weeks theme was: Accessorize. This is my post (also readable here)

A Tattoo is a Permanent Accessory for a Grand Dress!

 The Facts
Fabric : Rainbow Brite Bed sheet & Yellow and white polka dot cottons and lined with yellow cotton lawn
: Simplicity 9590 with some changes.
: 1 7″ Zip, Red Bias Binding
Time to complete:
6 hours
First worn:
Wear again?
Oh Yes, this has become my favorite summer dress!Total price: Well the zip was .60c. The yellow was from a UFO I started about 10 years ago…so i’d say its about 2.00. Red Bias Binding; .25c and the Rainbow Brite bed sheet was a dress that I bought off the net, I was very said that the style just didn’t suit me, at all! It cost me $95!! I used about 1/3 of the dress to make this, so the total is about  $37.50!

My Rainbow Brite obsession started almost at birth and after seeing Meg The GrandsAmazing dress I knew I had to fix mine! Sadly i didn’t have as much fabric as Meg did.

I went through my stash and found the yellow polka dots and new it would work, I did want to use red for the skirt but to my amazement I didn’t have any thing that would work!

I added the bias binding myself, the pattern called for a side close tie but I wanted something more simple and summery. I also added a bit of flair to the skirt.

Construction was very easy and I really didn’t have to look at the instruction all that much. This is my first side zipper though and I have found that it rub and scratches so that the only thing i need to fix!

Me and Rainbow Brite at age 3!

So I started getting tattoos at 18 years and 4 months old and my latest one is Rainbow Brite! Eventually it will  be a full multi coloured sleeve! One day… My mum has finally come around to my tattoos didn’t take her long though! I’m still her little girl and she did buy me a Rainbow Brite doll when I was 3!

Note: In this old photo of me I have a shaved head, it was not by choice. My mum was at the hairdresser and it was just me, big brother and dad at home. While dad was distracted big brother decided I should go to the hairdresser, him!

He basically cut my hair in chunks at the root! My mum was devistated! It did grow back and scissors were kept away form big brother! 

My hair has since been every length and colour you can imagine and even a few perms! But never black…and i did go through an Emo stage back in year 12!

I digress, Back to the dress! The yellow fabric from a UFO was meant to be a full circle skirt with about 5 panels. I’m not sure if the photos show but the back and front of the skirt have center seems, both were meant to be cut on the fold, Didn’t have enough fabric for that! Although it doesn’t take away form the dress!
I think its a bit short too. Not by much but i would have liked about an inch extra on the skirt. Also the skirt is very see through, even though its lined with cotton lawn, might give it another layer. 
In the end i love it, its now my new favorite!
Happy Sewing!

1 comment:

  1. OMG. I LOVE this dress! Great job!!! I totally loved Rainbow Brite when I was little!!