June 13, 2015
The time has finally come for the last challenge of the Rippin’ Ain’t Easy Sewing Competition. The grand finale is all about ReD Carpet looks. For me, it just would not be complete without a ReD dress!
Voting is TODAY ONLY (Saturday, June 13th from 9PM-8PM CST)…
Links to voting HERE.
We had three weeks to make the looks for this challenge….and I needed every bit of the three weeks! When the ladies announced what the challenge was going to be, I knew immediately one of the fabrics that I was going to use. The lace fabric has been on my phone (in my fabric file) for a few months. When I went to the store to look for the fabric (in hopes that it would still be there)…I could not find it. I panicked and tried looking for other options but none could compare to this one. Finally, one of the associates was able to find the fabric at the bottom of a table top hidden. I knew then that it was destiny.
I played around with several design options and inspiration. One thing that I knew for sure was that I needed to be able to wear at least part of it for future upcoming events. With that in mind, I decided to make the look a two piece: a skirt and top…and of course I had to include POCKETS!
Even though we had three weeks, it was still a limited amount of time to get detailed work. Each of the appliques around the bottom part of my top had to be placed and sewn separetely! A task that took hours whether I did it by hand or my sewing machine! Also, I had to build up the underpinnings of my dress to give it the illusion of being nude…but also providing some necessary support :)!
Again, although we had three weeks…I spent the first week going back and forth to the fabric store. The second week was spent finalizing the plan and working on the underpinning and skirt. Although I could have drafted some of what I needed, I used patterns for this round to save time. The patterns that I used were: SKIRT (Burda 7251), the TOP (Simplicity 1325, McCall’s M6990), and the UNDERPINNING (McCalls 5580…out of print). Some of the patterns I used before and I was able to save some time on getting the right fit.
Voting ends at 8pm CST (9pm EST and for my folks on the West Coast…6pm).