I’m so excited to share that I am one of the six chosen bloggers to take part in Fabric Mart’s Fabricista Fashion 5 Challenge! Everyone was introduced last week, but I’ve been waiting until our first challenge to reveal the big news. The Challenge involves four weekly challenges that we (the contestants) don’t find out about until the week before.
This week’s challenge was titled “A Blank Slate,” and we were each sent bleached white muslin to create whatever we’d like. I have to admit, this was a challenge for me for two reasons. One being, as you know, I work a lot with knit fabric and very seldom find myself making something with wovens. Not that I don’t like them–I just l-o-v-e knits a little bit more. And two, I knew I didn’t want to leave this fabric white…so what’s a girl to do?
I’ve always loved the Shibori dye technique, so I decided to try my hand at that. I didn’t have access to Indigo to go full Shibori, so I was inspired by the way I folded and tied off my fabric.
I used the Florence Kimono pattern by Sew Caroline for this fabric after dyeing it first, and it turned out exactly how I pictured it in my head. It’s the perfect transitional piece as we go from summer to early Fall especially because of this pattern’s versatility! It’s the perfect way to dress up jeans for a weekend date night or let’s be honest, throwing over a cami and PJ pants to pick up ice cream for Netflix night. 🙂
The Florence is a really quick sew with great details like French seams added in for a clean look. I topstitched all seams down for an even more professional finish. The most fun part of this project was adding the navy fringe at the end!
This was a really fun challenge that made me think outside of the box to create a garment that I know I’ll be reaching for a lot this season!
Be sure to check out what the other ladies made over on the Fabric Mart Blog. There is so much talent in the Challenge this year! It’s so exciting to be a part of a great group of skilled sewing bloggers.
And don’t forget to vote for me (or your other favorite…so much talent!) here by Friday, September 8 at 7:30 a.m.
I’ll be back next week with Challenge #2. I can’t wait!
Thanks for reading (and voting!),