The theme for the final challenge for the Project Run and Play 2015 sew alongs is Fabric Manipulation. Here’s the specific challenge: Create a garment that incorporates at least one element of textile manipulation, that enhances your design in a meaningful way.
So we decided to finish strong and incorporate all the fabric manipulation elements we could into this design. Today is all about fabric manipulation, and next week we’ll have a post for you with pattern and fabric details. And modeled photos of this outfit since Annie has been too sick to model this week.
Let’s start from the top. We started with the Aster Cardigan by LBG Studio. There are two collar options, but the one that requires fabric manipulation is the faux piped collar, so that’s the one we chose.
Then we chose to further add some ribbon to the front plackets, but not just any ribbon, it had to be some ribbon that had been manipulated in some way. These roses are sewn onto the tulle ribbon underneath. The final change to this piece was to use a ribbon for a closure instead of buttons.
On to the top. We used the Quinn Top by Violette Field Threads. There are two options for the panel across the front, flat or pleated. So of course we chose the one that required fabric manipulation, pleated. And we used the same ribbon from the Aster Cardigan instead of fabric.
The next example of fabric manipulation on the Quinn Top is the addition of trim to the straps. We chose some rosette trim echoing the rose ribbon from the Aster Cardigan. Even though it was already manipulated by the tiny rosettes being sewn onto the tulle ribbon underneath, we had to take it a step farther and dye them purple.
Here’s a process photo we posted to Instagram. We’d like to note that the straps can be manipulated to be ruched or plain with the ribbons in the shoulders.
Finally the skirt. We used the Quinn Skirt pattern by Violette Field Threads. The Quinn Skirt pattern has huge voluminous pleats for the first element of fabric manipulation. And of course we had to choose fabric that had been manipulated in some way!
This chiffon fabric, while amazingly beautiful, was a little bit of a pain to work with and expensive. But I’d say worth it.
Another element of fabric manipulation is the exposed zipper on the back of the Quinn Skirt. It was the first exposed zipper we’d ever installed.
We’re linking up to Project Run & Play even though the voting was accidentally opened a week ago, and we’re not eligible to win anything! But we made a personal commitment to participate in every Project Run & Play challenge this year, and we couldn’t miss out on the final challenge.
We’ll see you next week for modeled shots and more info on the patterns, fabric and notions sources. Edited to add: Yay! My little girl is feeling better…see the modeled photographs in this blog post.