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Fabric Manipulation Challenge {Project Run & Play}

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Aster Cardigan as sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Aster Cardigan as sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Quinn Top as sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Quinn Top as sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Fabric dyeing trim by Skirt Fixation

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.

Quinn Skirt as sewn by Skirt Fixation

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!

Quinn Skirt as sewn by Skirt Fixation

This chiffon fabric, while amazingly beautiful, was a little bit of a pain to work with and expensive.  But I’d say worth it.

Quinn Skirt as sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Fabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt FixationFabric manipulation challenge as sewn by Skirt Fixation

5 thoughts on “Fabric Manipulation Challenge {Project Run & Play}

  1. This is just gorgeous! I can’t wait to see it modelled as well. I wish it came in my size too.

  2. […] can read all about the fabric manipulation tricks and tecniques we used in our last post.  Today we’re reviewing the Quinn Skirt and Top pattern and giving you a chance to play […]

  3. Amazingly CHIC! So much pizzazz in this 3-piece ensemble, but post a photo shoot, please! Is this considered “couture”? Sarah in Minneapolis

  4. This outfit must me every girls dream, my girls would (almost) kill for that skirt!

  5. I have a feeling the photos don’t do this outfit justice…

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