This challenge was tough as I only had one day to work on it! We technically had Friday until Tuesday night but some impromptu traveling plans came up and I was out of town from Friday night to Monday night. And no, I couldn’t take scissors, rotary blades or seam rippers with me on my carry on – I checked. Then on Tuesday night, I had class until 10pm…
Round 1 asked us to take an old handmade garment we weren’t satisfied with and transform it into something new. I loved the idea as I have so many failed makes packed away in a box. The moment the challenge details went up, I emptied the box on the floor and started pairing each piece with matching fabric and suitable patterns from my stash to brainstorm.
I ended up choosing this draped collar tunic which I made by following a tutorial by Unpetit Designs. I loved the collar but the fabric I used was heavier than the inspiration so the dolman sleeves didn’t hang right. The sleeves were also too tight so I didn’t bother hemming them and tucked the raw edges in the two times I wore it out.
I knew I wanted to keep the collar and needed options for contrasting panels so I could redo the sleeves, so I picked up the pattern M7199. I really wanted to do the zip up view but I didn’t have enough gray fabric for the front center panels so I only took the front and back side pieces from the pattern for reference. The only change to those pieces was I rounded out the sharp edge of the front side piece to match the curve in the back. For the contrasting fabric, I chose some fun quilted sweatshirt fabric.
This was the original sketch and plan. I still want to make it some day!
The final result. I am happy with it in the sense that with my time constraints, I believe I came up with an idea that was simple enough to pull off but not too boring I hope. I really like the new style. On the other hand, I’m not so happy with the fit as I cut a size 6 from M7199 and it is a little tight. I also didn’t match the curved pieces well and there are wrinkles all over. 😦
But overall this challenge was so much fun for me! Love the creativity aspect – this was the first time in a while I didn’t follow a pattern to a T.
If you’re interested, please check out the other entries here and take a vote!
Also, did any of you take part in the audience challenge? Please let me know if you did. I’d love to check it out! 😀
Until Round 2! (Hopefully)