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« on: March 10, 2013 06:33:03 PM »

I made another thing! And I can also wear this thing out of the house! This is a good trend, and I need to keep it up.

I've been really inspired lately by some of the color-block style skirts and jackets that various Etsy sellers are displaying in their shops, so I wanted to do something like that. It's actually kind of a funny story...I went into this with a very clear idea in my head of what I wanted, and after I'd cut all the garments to pieces, I realized it wasn't going to work. Nothing like the befuddled panic of sitting in front of a pile of virtually useless fabric scraps to get the creative juices flowing. Smiley

I used a kind-of-sweet but boring green dress as the base, and threw in pieces from a tartan schoolgirl skirt (no pic, sorry) and some elastic lace inserts. This is the dress:

I've had it for years but literally never wore it out of the house once, although I always liked it. I like it even better now!

I think I pulled this off pretty well under the circumstances, and I'm very excited to have this thing in my wardrobe now.

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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2013 07:22:35 PM »

I like it! I get where you're coming from with the moment of "uh oh, I just cut up all my fabric and it's not going to work like this..." great job pulling it off! Are you going to make another something out of the top part of the dress?
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2013 07:59:31 PM »

Thank you!! Yeah it was almost a bummer of a failure, but I sat on it for like an hour and just put it together in different ways until something happened that I liked.

I think I will keep the top part for something else, but I'm not sure what. It'll live in my scrap basket until inspiration strikes again. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2013 09:03:22 PM »

It's very cute! I love all the detail at the hem!
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2013 04:50:42 AM »

Thanks! Actually, I added a little embroidery because my cool-ass sewing machine has a limited but awesome embroidery function:


« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2013 08:13:03 AM »

Pinned, and I'm totally jealous of your sewing machine Wink

« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2013 03:16:05 PM »

Usually I don't care for color blocking, but your skirt is so pretty. I love the lace

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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2013 05:23:57 AM »

Very nice! The embroidery is so cute! Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2013 02:58:43 PM »

this is fantastic! you did a really swell job of sewing something bias to something that looks like a simple straight weave. i love that green, looks super comfy!

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