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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The fifth challenge

So, have you ever had someone pick five fabrics and tell you to make a coordinating outfit from four of the five?  And, the outfit has to be two pieces?  What an interesting challenge from Fabric Mart this has been for me!

Here is a description of my five fabrics along with photos!
1.  Ribbed maroon knit
2.  Silky white and maroon woven

3.  Medium blue printed knit that feels like a ponte
4.  Dark navy woven--feels like 100% cotton
5.  Gray satiny woven


What to do?  Oh dear!  Yes, what to do!
So, I wanted a weekend, running errands sort of outfit and for fall in my neck of the woods, that means a jacket and pants.  And, on the weekend I want comfort!  So after rifling through my pattern stash, I found two winners!    Here they are:




And here is my outfit!






So, I hope you can tell which fabrics I used where!  The challenge stated you had to use the majority of the chosen fabrics for your garments.  Well...I am proud to say I ONLY used the fabrics provided!  Nothing from my stash was used...at all!  Two of the fabrics used on the jacket are pretty obvious.  One that may not be as noticeable is the gray satin that I used as the piping on the jacket.  So, I successfully used four of five fabrics only on these two garments!  

Now, about the fit.  I made a muslin of the jacket and it was giant!  After pinning and such, I decided I needed to make a much smaller size simply because I wanted to make this more of a layering piece rather than a full out jacket for cool days.  So, I made an XS instead of the usual medium and that did the trick!  I lengthened the sleeves and allover length of the jacket as well.  The piping was my own addition and I thought the touch of the gray pulled the two fabrics together and accentuated the gray zipper.  




Let's talk about those awesome details!  Is this the most RTW jacket you've ever seen?  It is for me!  I had so much fun with adding the snaps, topstitching, cords, and stoppers.  Even though this jacket is distinct, I will be making it again!







Now for the pants...I wanted super comfy but stylish pants to run errands in and Vogue 1411 was the perfect choice!  This pattern came together fairly fast--even with all the topstitching!  They fit well, are super comfortable, and dressier than your average leggings.  I see many more of these in my future!  Don't forget to make a muslin so you can tweak the overall fit!



Check out my freaking awesome topstitching and how it matches at the outer leg!



I am disappointed I didn't find a use for the lovely maroon/white print.  I must find the perfect pattern for it!  It is so pretty and has such a lovely drape!

I am very pleased with my new outfit.  I can't wait for the weekend to test it out!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the picture heavy post!

Now, head on over the the fabricmart fabricista blog and vote for your fav--which I hope is mine!
Vote here!

Sue :)

20 comments:

  1. You got my favourite of the bundles and I love what you did with it. The jacket is fabulous.

    KathleenS

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  2. Love how you have been so creative with your fabrics, especially in the jacket. Love the whole outfit. Your productivity has been amazing.

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  3. great outfit. Love the jacket (what's the pattern #btw?). You've inspired me to make the Vogue pants - it's been in my pattern stash too long.

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    1. Thank you AC! The mccall's pattern number is 6531. Try the vogue pattern, I love it!

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  4. I am so impressed by your sewing skills! Maybe I will try to up my game.

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    1. Thank you Lynn! We all start somewhere and this past year I have worked hard to up my game!

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  5. I think your jacket is great. And I want you to make more of those leggings--they look so nice on you!!! :)

    (I got the maroon rib knit, too! I made it as part of my top!)

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    1. Thank you Dina! I had a hard time figuring out the maroon knit but this works!

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  6. You rocked it Sue!!!! Love that jacket! It does look very RTW!!

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    1. Thank you! I like your outfit! So colorful!

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  7. FANTASTIC! I love your jacket. I love those pants.

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  8. Great job, Sue! Wonderful details on both pieces!

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    1. Thank you ann! I had fun with this challenge!

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  9. Sue, you've done a lot of work on this outfit! Everything looks exceptional.

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    1. Thank you Dorothy! I can't wait to wear it!

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  10. Hi Sue,
    Love the jacket! May I ask how you set the snaps?
    I am just about to buy the pattern.
    Best wishes for the contest,
    Sarah

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  11. Hi kushami,, I used a Dritz snap fastener that I purchased from a local fabric store. It worked great!

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