Spicy, Bright and Snowy: The First Sewcialists Mini-Challenge!

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I had so much fun hosting our first ever Sewcialists Mini Challenge! It was really fun to see how people interpreted it – you can see the round up of all the projects made here!

(In case you missed it, here’s what happened: We created a silly quiz that assigned each person one of 7 power words, and we all had 5 days to make a project inspired by that word. There was also an option to finish a WIP or refashion something, cause we like to keep it open-ended!)

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We weren’t sure if the challenge was easy to understand or people would be confused… so just to be safe, I took the quiz early and sewed up this dress based on my word SPICY! I love this acid green floral ITY that I bought recently, and I’ve been wanting another maxi Appleton… but if you saw my post on the Sewcialists, you know how it turned out: GIANT BOOB FLOWERS!

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“But wait!” you say. “I only see one boob flower!” Yup, that’s right – I went back and patched over the bodice underlap. It’s not tidy if you look closely, but I really doubt anyone will ever notice IRL! Now I’m happy to wear the dress and not think about it as my boob dress. Crisis averted.

On to the next project, which I did during the challenge itself!

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The second time I did the quiz I got the word BRIGHT. My wardrobe is already bright, so I wasn’t sure how to top it… but a poll on Instagram helped me decide on this floral Liverpool knit and the Paper Theory Jumpsuit that is taking over the internet!

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I have to say, it’s a really nice pattern! Well drafted, a forgiving fit that makes sizing easy… it’s also the most expensive pattern I’ve bought in years. It was $25CAD, which is fair when a designer has worked hard, but more than I usually pay. Food for thought! I do love that they are expanding the size range though, and I love a pattern that works in wovens or knits. For the neckline facing, I just serged on a 1″ stripe of knit and coverstitched it down. I shortened it about 2″ total at the waist.

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Obviously, Canadian weather doesn’t want to cooperate with my summer sewing! It is definitely spring though – time to shiver in lightweight jackets when you should still be wearing a parka!

Happy sewing to you all!


15 thoughts on “Spicy, Bright and Snowy: The First Sewcialists Mini-Challenge!

    1. So did you watch Meriam Style’s video on real life Gamines? I loved it – but it also made me laugh because I’ve been using being FG as an excuse to be totally over the top in my outifts and pattern combos… but some of her FG outfits were jeans and a t-shirt! So I guess I just like being extra for myself, which is a-ok! πŸ˜‰

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      1. I did! I’ll link to it in my April round up. I do think she focuses a lot on lines of β€œnormal” clothes, probably to not scare people away. Anyway, nothing wrong with being extra for yourself – it’s probably way more fun that way!

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  1. I think you handled the boob situation very smartly. I, personally, would not have been able to wear it without thinking of it as my boob outfit – not that this is in any way a problem; it’s not like I’m boob-averse! – but when something comes to your consciousness, you can’t unsee it. That was such a good way of getting around the problem with minimal invasiveness. And it looks great!

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    1. I”m happy that I can just wear the dress now! I’d rather people thoguht of my boobs cause it shows of cleavage nicely, rather than two giant white flowers! ;P

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  2. Absolutely stunning, both the jumpsuit and the Appleton Maxi Dress. I never thought I would want to make a jumpsuit but seeing yours, I do. Now. I hope you warmed up quickly after your photoshoot, it looks very cold. I particularly love the Appleton fabric, would you mind sharing what it is? Thank you. Christina

    P.S. WordPress does not allow me to leave comments without making a WordPress account, or sign in to Twitter or Facebook, both of which I try not to use at all. Entering my email, name and website does no longer seem to work, the comment vanishes upon publishing (unless you can see it?). I tried three times.

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    1. Thank you for letting me know! Thats so frustrating. I do have my blog set so I have to approve someone’s comment the first time, and then after that it just automatically goes through… could you let me know if it continues being hard to access? I don’t really know what my options are but I’ll look into it! πŸ™‚

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  3. I love both your outfits – but Paper Theory Jumpsuit is particularly fab! I giggled about ‘boob dress’ – oh my – I know that feeling, not when making something personally, just when out shopping I remember trying something on and the print just screamed out in the WRONG places!

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    1. It’s like russian roulette when you sew with large floral prints! So many ways the pattern placement could go wrong! But when it works, it’s just so much more fun than a tiny ditzy print! πŸ™‚

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    1. It was actually quite warm for a winter day – just around freezing, and I didn’t even notice the cold! It’s much worse when it’s windy! πŸ˜‰

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  4. Love both of these! And I really mean love!! They look great on you, and their colors are emphatised by the calm white background. Great makes!

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    1. Thank you! I saw the lovely fresh snow and decided it was time to run outside and get funny summer/winter pics! πŸ˜‰

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    1. πŸ˜‰ Trust me, this is the warmest i’ve been taking outdoor pictures in 5 months! Lovely fresh sticky snow meant that it was only just below freezing. Apart from my feet I was fine! πŸ˜‰

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