Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I Can't Resist a Sewing Contest

I just can't. If I see a new contest, I have to enter. I love how contests get me outside of my comfort zone, and I end up making things I wouldn't have otherwise.

There's a new one going on right now, sponsored by Craft Magazine and Singer. It's a swimsuit cover-up contest--there's one I haven't seen before! So here's what I'm brainstorming:

The Sarong Dress. Just look at this magnificent vintage Butterick pattern! Rawr!

These dresses were popularized in World War II, after soldiers would bring them home to their wives. The sarong actually seems to be more of a "mock sarong," with the tie being non-functioning.

So here's where I have to use my (not so) trusty patternmaking skills! I took a course at FIT last semester, and I think I'm up to the challenge. I got a B+, after all! I want to use this image as inspiration and make a few changes: wider straps, and a shirred, elasticized back so it's easy to get on and off.

Oh! And look at this nice print I found at A.K. fabrics in the Garment District yesterday! Five dollars, darlings!

I don't really love Hawaiian prints (unless they're vintage), but this is retro and abstract enough for me. I think it will look awesome gathered and draped!

In other news, I found the pattern for "the feminine, portrait neckline blouse" from Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing (that's VNBFBS for those in the know!) on a vintage pattern site and it's on its way!

Isn't it just fab? Well, honestly, the illustration is fab, the blouse we'll have to see about. I looked over the instructions in VNBFBS, and they want me to do all sorts of crazy things like tailor's tacks and a basted fitting. Let's see how long my patience lasts. They tell me all I need is a "pioneering spirit and my sewing equipment." Thanks for the encouragement, VNBFBS!

I have a 60" wide yard of the coolest black linen eyelet, and I hope it will be enough to make this baby up. Stay tuned!


  1. Are there any sewing contests to create a dress for your sister-in-law??? :)

    Your dresses are great! Can't wait to see more!


  2. Hey! Can't wait to see yor swimsuit cover up contribution!
    I'll be fllowing your blog for sure.
    A bientôt !
    Amélie (Lyon, FRance)
    PS: also fan of colette patterns. That's how i got here...

  3. I found you via Sarai's Colette Patterns blog too! and I loved your dress for the contest, I'm obssessed with stripe play!

    I have to tell you, the words that jumped out at me where "linen eyelet". OMG, two of my favorite things in one fabric, it's too much. I can't wait to see this dress made up!

    Oh, and welcome to the sewing blogsphere. The more, the merrier...

  4. fantastic! do the sarong dress.

    [also from sarai's blog]

  5. Thanks for visiting everyone! What a nice welcome to the sewing interwebs. :)

    LaKaribane, you would go crazy for this linen eyelet. I got it at B&J here in New York, and I'd never seen anything like it before! I just had to get some, but it was pricey enough that I limited myself to one yard--I was thinking about using it for accents on a linen jacket. I just hope there's enough to make this blouse!

  6. Hi Gertie --

    Old post, I know...hard to think sarongs when you're longing for orange wool crepe.

    BUT I'm researching sarong dresses and wondered if you ever made this? Didn't see a follow up.


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