Tuesday, July 22, 2008

To Enter or Not to Enter

What do you do when a miniature fashionista demands that you make her a dress out of this?

Stay tuned and find out!

Meanwhile.... I've almost psyched myself up to enter the Mini Wardrobe Challenge on Pattern Review. The objective is to make a four piece wardrobe that includes at least three different types of garments and three colors, and results in four separate and distinct outfits. Here's what I've come up with for my story board:

I'm calling it " A Little Bit Asian." My inspiration fabric is this dramatic Asian print cotton that I've been saving for something special. I've chosen a Cheongsam styled top (McCalls 4381) and a straight skirt (McCalls 4369). Both will be made out of the cotton print so that when worn together they will give the appearance of a dress. I chose Simplicity 4020, the kimono version, for the second top. I've wanted to try it for some time, and this is as good a reason as any to go for it. I haven't chosen a fabric yet, but I'm thinking a solid, or tone-on-tone ivory or perhaps a green pulled from the colors in the print. For the second bottom piece, I'm thinking New Look 6606, which is a simple, wide leg pants pattern. I may substitute Simplicity 3756, though. I will have to see if it's available at my local fabric store this weekend since I don't have it in my stash. I haven't chosen a fabric for the pants yet either, but I'm thinking a neutral color- perhaps khaki or tan. (As always, all plans are subject to change at my whim!)
So I have three types of garments: Top, Skirt, and Pants. And I have three colors: Red, Green or Ivory, and Khaki/Tan. When (if) all is said and done, I will have four complete outfits.
The question is: Can I get all four pieces completed, photographed, and reviewed between August 1st and August 31st? I honestly don't know.
What I do know, is that I need to hurry up and get my two current WIPs, NL 6799 and the Wall-E project done and out of the sewing room by next Thursday, July 31st! I don't want them languishing while I focus on this wardrobe challenge.
By the way, I wore the Brown Dress to work today and I've made up my mind. I do like it!


angie.a said...

The wardrobe is FANTASTIC. I LOVE the prints!!

The Wall-E fabric is so cute! Do you remember that simple twirly skirt tute I did on PR a couple years ago? That would be a perfect project for that fabric. It only takes a yard! Or you could do a tiered twirly skirt (like the Santa skirt I made last year). That would be adorable too and you could add a tier of baby blue gingham or lime dots, etc. Applique a square of Wall-E on a cute little tee and there ya go!

Alicia said...

I'm so in love with your Wall-E fabric - wherever did you find it?

And I really like your wardrobe idea! Great fabrics and shapes!

Shannon said...

Thanks, y'all! Alicia, the Wall-E fabric came from Hancock Fabrics. It was with the other licensed cotton prints. It was the only one I saw- there was no coordinate to go with it. I bet you could find it on their website.

Shannon F

Lynn said...

Love your wardrobe ideas! I thought the Wall-E was for pajamas for one of the boys--but I LOVE that it is for the Princess. I can't wait to see what you do with it. We saw the movie a couple of weeks ago. Well--husband and 5 yo Mason did, 15mo Sadie and I hung out in the lobby most of the time :P

Kelley said...

My boys HAD.TO.HAVE Wall-E pj bottoms. Make Princess some Simplicity 9292 pjs w/a yellow ruffle. Confession....my boys actually have 2 different Wall-E pj prints, and have found a flannel 3rd print! Oh well...at least they want me to sew for them!