Labor day weekend marks the end of summer sewing for me. In fact, I’m working on a fall knit dress right now. It’s been chilly here in Lexington but maybe I will get another nice day or two to wear this flirty cut-out dress. Additionally, I designed my own fabric for this garment. To learn more about construction and painting on fabric, read on!
The pattern I used was New Look 6509. My kitty Lou Lou decided to chew at the packaging while I worked, so that’s why the envelope is torn up. I made View B, although I think the jumpsuit version of View C would look so fabulous in a stretch denim that I can’t hardly stand it! I’m just itching to sew up View C now. Anyway, the impetus for this project is Fabric Mart, a popular fabric retailer. I’m a contestant in an online sewing contest that they’re running right now. Check out the other entries here and vote for me if you feel so inclined
Fabric Mart sent each contestant a couple of yards of plain white muslin fabric and the challenge was to re-invent the fabric in a creative way and to sew a garment that represents who we are as a designer. If you follow me on instagram (@carmenross88) you probably know by now that I have been dabbling in mixed media art techniques, including painting, stamping, and image transfer techniques. Thus, I knew I wanted to paint on my fabric and even try an image transfer for a pop art look. Here are some up close photos of how I designed this fabric:
I had a lot of fun letting my creativity flow and experimenting with paint on fabric. If you’re interested in learning how to do image transfer yourself, I have a few video tutorials posted on my instagram account. Anyway, I cut a size 8 through the bust and graded to a 12 at the waist and 14 at the hips. Ironically, there wasn’t any time to make a muslin even though I was working with muslin fabric. I just had to make it work, as Tim Gunn would say. Well, I got lucky and it turned out just fine.
The cut outs were easier than I thought they’d be and the dress feels sexy and flirty to me without being too obvious. I finished the hem with bias tape and I also covered the waist seam with bias tape, which is a really neat and tidy way to conceal that seam. I’ll likely be doing that again where I can.
Anyway, this girl has been busy. I haven’t posted anything since July, but I swear I have been sewing. I’ve been working on an ensemble that I’ve had to keep under wraps. I’m participating in my first charity runway event next week. Eeek! The event raises money for Dress for Success Lexington, a non-profit that provides free business attire for low-income women and also provides job readiness training. The challenge was to design your own garment(s) using old outdated clothes. So, I’ve actually sewn up a three piece set but I cannot reveal it until next week. I’m proud of myself because I’ve made the entire garments without relying on a commercial pattern but just kind of making things up as I go along. And you know what? I think it’s turning out pretty damn good. So I can’t wait to share that with you all next week.
In other, other news, I bought a coverstitch machine today o.m.g. I’m going to sew all the knits this winter! Does anyone have a coverstitch machine? Please tell me everything! Do you love it? Has it changed your life? Did I just spend all that money for nothing? Do tell!
And lastly, if you have sewn up New Look 6509, link below in the comment section because I’d love to see your version. Don’t forget to vote (for me)!