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1  Passion For Fashion at American Sewing Expo 2008 MORE PICS!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by frabjousfrocks on: September 30, 2008 07:53:45 AM
So, earlier this year I entered into the Babylock Passion for Fashion Sewing challenge at the American Sewing Expo in Novi Michigan. To enter you have to mail a finished garment to them along with an entry fee and wait around to see if you got in. Well I was in the competition last year (placed in top six!) and all I sent in this year was a pair of patchwork pants so I figured I would not get in (they get hundreds of entries). I payed for a ton of classes and then about two days later I got the call, I was in again! So I had to give away All of my classes to family members (poo).
This competition is similar to Project Runway, the only difference being that you are designing and sewing the garment while you are on display in the middle of the sewing expo while hundreds of people walk by and stare at you (hard core stare at you...even when you are just taking a break or eating lunch). Thursday night we picked and measured our models, then Friday morning the other 11 finalists and I were given a challenge and then $100 to shop the floor and buy our fabrics. We had from 8am to 7pm on Friday to sew, and then from 8am to 3pm to sew on Saturday. Our models arrived at 3pm on Saturday for a final fitting and we had until 5:30pm to make all the finishing touches.
The final runway show started at 6pm on Saterday and the judges were Carmen Webber (from project runway), Carmia Marshall (Carmen's BFF), Carolina Torres (last years winner), Judy Raymond (VP of Simplicity Pattern Company), and Rob and Corinne (from threadbanger). There was also a special appearance by Kenneth King (awesome designer). So in the end I was in the bottom six but I LOVED what I made and so did everyone else I spoke to (I won Grin). Here is my final garment!
Front

Back

Taking a serious breather after some solid sewing hours

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Ok, here we go!
"This year's challenge is to create an outfit that goes from the work place to an evening event. You will be asked to explain "who she is", where she works and what the evening event is. You must also base your outfit on one of the following four elements of nature; earth, wind, fire or water."
I thought that the challenge this year was very overwhelming and would have been a little easier to handle if there had been less to it. Any way here is what everyone came up with, both front and back pictures!
Here is the the first place winner


Second Place


Third Place


And eveyone else!


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WOW! I would love to hear what everyone thinks!




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2  Re-vamped 1986 Honda Spree in Completed Projects by frabjousfrocks on: June 08, 2008 11:41:02 AM
Hello all
I bought this spree for $100 not working, switched a few things around, did some cleaning and she ran! I took the plastic pieces from my non-running Spree and did some spray painting. Here is the before and after. Too cute!!




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3  Batman The Dark Knight joker high collar jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by frabjousfrocks on: May 11, 2008 08:22:29 PM
I made this jacket for the opening of the new batman movie. I will be going at midnight so I though it may be a little chilly outside and I need to sport my mad love. Besides the t-shirt I also used some black knit for the sleeves and lining and the collar is lined in fleece for extra super duper warmth. The text and the bat on the front are hand painted in screen printing ink. I'm so excited!!



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4  James Bond Prom! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by frabjousfrocks on: May 08, 2008 01:11:11 PM
The theme to my prom was James bond 007 (because it was last year...how creative Tongue), but I made some kickin threads anyway. I made the Zoot Suit that my awesome boyfriend is wearing for a sewing competition and I made my dress in about two days. I was planning on wearing another corseted dress that I had made but decided it was not "bond" enough so I whipped this out in a couple days. The strapping and crystals are all hand sewn in and the dress had a nice puddle in the back. I am new to this forum and thought I would post these pictures because I was thinking about doing a tutorial for this dress. Tell me what you think!

Awseome lining on the zoot suit coat (yay for the clearance rack!)

The full front of the dress and the length of the suit coat

Back of the dress
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5  Alice In Wonderland Storybook Dress in Dyeing: Completed Projects by frabjousfrocks on: May 07, 2008 11:18:47 AM
I wanted to share this dress and get some feedback. It took me about 3/4 of a year to finish and I used two main dying techniques. The first is a gutta resist technique that is generally used for silk painting (this dress is cotton). After I painted all of the main characters I waxed over them and dip dyed the entire thing to get the crazy pink. After all of the dying I embellished with appliqu, screen printing, fabric marker, and other various things as such.
All of the images were drawn based on existing images from the book. I am going to be completing an entire collection of Alice in Wonderland things including hand painted/dyed costumes, wall hangings, quilts, and clothing.
It is going to take me years to complete everything.









Lots of pictures, I know, but there are lots of details! Tell me what you think and show me what you've done.
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