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Topic: The Ugly Fabric Project: Little Girl's Dino Fiesta Bubble Blouse, Sleeveless  (Read 1725 times)
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« on: June 19, 2012 05:36:04 AM »

So, I'm visiting my mother over the summer, and have discovered that she has a LOT of unused fabric remnants and scraps. Some of which are really cool. Most of which are REALLY UGLY. Since I am a beginning sewer teaching myself on my first ever machine Zelda, I decided to challenge myself by putting together these ugly fabrics in the cutest way I can think of and selling them at the flea market. I've started with children's clothes, since I am working with remnants and therefore not much of any one fabric.

I put together a hideous bright dinosaur fabric, a paint-streaky fabric with the same colors as the dino fabric in more muted shades, and an eyelet material that is pretty except for being the color of dry crumbly dirt. Pleased with the result, I called the combination Dino Fiesta and set forth on a bubble blouse, following a pattern.

The pictures are taken at a kind of wonky rushed angle, and I should have used my hand to push out the bubble part of the blouse so you could see the right effect. Of course, I would have loved to take action shots. But my moon pie is several states away right now, and I just hurried a few digicam shots before taking this to the flea market.

I used the flower to actually mask a small flaw on the yoke where the fabric got a little pinched, but it ended up being a pretty cute addition. So this is Ugly Fabric Project #1, the first of many to come. I am now almost done with a Dino Fiesta dress, which killed off the rest of the dino fabric except for tiny scraps and most of the paint-streaky fabric. So I will post that soon as well. Happy practicing!

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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2012 07:38:45 AM »

What a clever use of scraps!

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Are you going to throw that away?! Can I have it?!

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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2012 07:52:01 AM »

Really cute blouse - the fabric is fabulous - not ugly at all.  It all works!  You have an eye for design!   Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2012 09:57:44 AM »

I am strangely in love with your ugly bubble shirt... Hmmm... What ugly fabrics in my stash can I combine...

« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2012 06:29:39 AM »

Thanks, guys, for the kind comments. I think ugly is in the eye of the beholder *hehe* especially since the dino fabric I found so hideous was a remnant, so somebody (or somebodies) considered it nice enough to purchase most of it. I've finished the dress/tunic that killed off the rest of that dino fabric as well as most of the streaky fabric, and can't wait to post pics of that as well. I will keep posting ugly fab projects as I go along.
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