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Challenge Create: Adult Edition Winner & 1st Runner Up

Alright, we won’t hold you in suspense any longer! Today we get to reward the Challenge Create: Adult Edition winner and the 1st runner up! Every single lady worked so hard, and we are so glad that everyone is being well rewarded for their amazing work. The 1st runner up of Challenge Create: Adult Edition is Michelle from Falafel and the Bee. Let’s take a minute and review her four outfits for Challenge Create: Adult Edition.

MichelleNatureInspiredMichelle’s Nature Inspired Outfit

michellerefashion2Michelle’s Refashioned Outfit

michelle in vintageMichelle’s (Hint of) Vintage Outfit

michelle destashMichelle’s Destash Outfit

Beautiful! What an amazing seamstress! Wouldn’t those four dresses be reward enough for anyone? But we’re so glad that the sponsors are going to help reward her for her hard work by giving her:

tiptop125x12525 patterns (a $39.99 value!) from Tip Top Fit Etsy shop

TRR-Circles-Logo-2$40 gift certificate from The Ribbon Retreat

Not A Skirt! eBookA copy of our ebook, Not A Skirt!

NDADAlso, as a special thank you from us personally, we are giving Michelle the book, New Dress A Day, by Marisa Lynch. Since Michelle totally rocked Refashion week, (hands down!) we know she (and her daughters) will enjoy this book!

We have a little secret to tell you about Michelle! Before Challenge Create: Adult Edition began, Michelle asked us if she could sew (adult size) clothing for her teenage daughter and her friends. Can you imagine how dull this contest would have been without Michelle’s spunky contributions? Without her smiling face?

We are so glad Michelle decided to make and model clothing for herself, aren’t you? We’d like everyone to go over to Falafel and the Bee and congratulate her!

Thank you, Michelle, for contributing such a fun spark to Challenge Create: Adult Edition. We can’t wait to see what you sew up in the future!

This brings us to the Challenge Create: Adult Edition winner, the Becca & Suzanne team from Pattern Revolution. Let’s take a minute and review their four outfits for Challenge Create: Adult Edition.

becca&suzanneBecca & Suzanne’s Nature Inspired Outfits

Becca& Suzanneweek2Becca & Suzanne’s Refashioned Outfits

becca&suzannevintageBecca & Suzanne’s (Hint of) Vintage Outfits

Becca&Suzanne destashBecca & Suzanne’s Destash Outfits

What a great team! What amazing outfits! What awesome sewing talent! As if those four outfits aren’t reward enough, our sponsors are going to make sure Becca & Suzanne are well rewarded with:

SewSquirrel125x125$60 gift voucher from Sew Squirrel

Fat Quarter Shop Certificate$50 gift certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop

Laura Marsh Designs£15/$25 gift voucher from Laura Marsh Design

orangePCHCsalt$25 gift basket from Pure Hearts Clean Hands Soap Co.Not A Skirt! eBook2 copies of our ebook, Not A Skirt!

liquidPHCHsoapAnd as a special thank you from us personally, we are doubling the gift basket from Pure Hearts Clean Hands Soap Co. so each of these hardworking ladies can be pampered!

The judges were in agreement, (and we concur) that Becca & Suzanne sewed up some amazingly complex outfits using very skilled sewing techniques. We learned in the course of this contest that Becca has only been sewing adult clothing since January! And we also learned that even though Suzanne has a personal blog, she (and Becca) chose to represent Pattern Revolution as a team for the course of Challenge Create: Adult Edition. We were so glad to have them along for the contest.   They added such a modern, stylish element to the challenge.

We’d like everyone to go visit Becca & Suzanne at Pattern Revolution and congratulate them on their win.

Please be sure to come back tomorrow as we tell you more about the second set of sponsors and finish up rewards week with thank you presents for our hard working judges. Seriously, would you like to have been a judge for this contest?

And then be sure to come back next Friday, May 9th, as we reveal where Challenge Create: Adult Edition is headed next! And until then, we’ll be showing you what we were up to during Challenge Create: Adult Edition!

Make it beautiful,


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Michelle @ Falafel and the Bee’s Destash Creation

Today we get to share with you the third contestant’s destash creation.  Unveiling Michelle from Falafel and the Bee:

The final week! Yahoo we made it!

This was a rough one for me. Since I have a lot of small pieces of fabric in my stash (and they are mostly novelty kid fabric), and wasn’t up to a patchwork project, I was searching frantically for something I could use. I drafted a pencil skirt and made it (with the small pieces I had left over from the last challenge), along with a stretch velvet tank and a jacket made from an over-sized sweatshirt….AND HATED IT (I did post it on my blog for your viewing pleasure though).

So I scrapped the entire thing and started over.

I then took a cream colored sheet (which I always have on hand) with an old lace tablecloth that had holes in it, and dyed them in a turquoise dye (which I also always keep on hand). The lace took the dye much differently. It came out this amazing blue color. The sheet I dyed in sections for an ombre-like effect. I do realize it is another dress. I couldn’t help myself. I love this style for dressing up, and I found that it ultimately has to be something I would wear over again.


I call this my Petal Dress. This is the first time I have ever made a scalloped hem! I think it adds just the right amount of whimsy. And if I am anything, I am whimsical.


I drafted a funky collar to show off my equally funky lining. To make that neckline, I sliced straight down in the center of the bodice (sewed it right sides together) and attached the collar above it. After turning right sides out again, I tacked open the corners of the lower part. I love the effect it creates.


This dress was going swimmingly well, until I was trimming the seams after it was all put together, and accidentally cut two sizable holes in the middle of the side of the bodice. *slaps forehead in disbelief*

I quickly unpicked a bit of the skirt portion and the side pieces and added a pop of color that doubles as a major oops cover-up!


I made it slightly longer in the back. This thing has a great twirl factor!


If you want to hear any more about this dress and see a few more photos, hop on over to my blog.

Thanks for having me as a contestant! This contest really pushed the limits of my creativity and helped me gain a fun new wardrobe.

Oh Michelle, you are simply amazing!  This dress shows of the real you in such a pretty way!  That scalloped hem is amazing; we are so glad you were a contestant Challenge Create: Adult Edition, you added such spunk to the Challenge!  Everyone else, be sure to come back tomorrow for the last contestant and her destash creation.  And if you have not entered the sew along, you still have time!

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Michelle @ Falafel and the Bee’s (Hint of) Vintage Creation

Today we get to present you the second contestant and her (hint of) vintage creation.  Unveiling Michelle from Falafel and the Bee:

Week three already??!! Well, for my “hint” of vintage, I may have or have not gone right back in time.


I did a 1940’s (in my forties-heh) Military-inspired outfit.


Since the 1940’s were dominated by WWII, I chose to combine the fashion with military style. While I didn’t make an exact replica of what women typically wore in the forties, I was going for a nod to the decade, at the same time bringing a little more flirty flare to it. For this look, I used the Ava dress pattern by Victory Patterns. I stuck pretty close to the pattern with just a tweak in sleeve placement (and I also added a tie). That is it. It worked beautifully to give me a feminine military old fashioned look.


I used a slate grey 100% polyester suiting, which worked perfectly for this dress, but I am not sure I would ever use again because of how it frayed and wrinkled! I thought for sure polyester wouldn’t wrinkle. I was wrong. And it was so incredibly difficult to iron those wrinkles out.

But again, for this, it was the perfect fabric.


The lace part of the bodice was not too bad to work with, on the other hand. I did French seams at the shoulders, and used bias tape as the facing, then top stitched. I made a tie shape out of black cotton and sewed it on before assembling everything.

For the cap, I used a pattern and tutorial over at Urbandon. I have a peanut-sized skull, though, so I shortened the pattern ever-so-slightly.


For more info about my outfit and that rockin’ old ambulance, head over to my blog.

Wow, Michelle, that (hint of) vintage outfit makes us stand up and salute!  And, hard as it was to work with, that polyester sure did the trick!  Everyone, be sure to come back tomorrow, to see the third (hint of) vintage submission.  And if you haven’t entered your (hint of) vintage creation in the sew along, be sure to do that today!

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Michelle @ Falafel and the Bee’s Refashion Creation

refashion by Michelle

Today we get to unveil the first of the Refashion Creations from our four contestants.  Introducing Michelle from Falafel and the Bee:


Usually, I like to alter an existing garment (without changing the style too much) to my size. It is one of the best things about thrifting. You can make anything fit.

For this challenge, I really wanted to push the limits of my creativity, though, and step away from what I normally do.

It started with finding this shirt at the thrift store (And then the song “Love me, Honey Do” by Patsy Cline came into my head ~and hasn’t left yet). Oh my wow. It had such great details and was a Men’s Large. It was such a strange Men’s Large, though. It had short arms and was super tall and narrow. I have no idea who this was intended for, but am thankful I found it! I just added a Twin black flat bed sheet into the mix, and this is what happened…

PicMonkey Collage

I used a pattern for the bodice that I have never used for me before. Simplicity adjustable fit. It was awesome. I had to do quite a bit of finagling (ie: MATH), but when I finished, the end result is a perfectly fitted bodice.


I took apart the entire shirt and started with making the bodice front from the back of the shirt. I used the sleeve cuffs as a peplum type feature in the front. The front yoke became a bustle in the back (as well as extending my snaps- I’ll get to that in a second).


I wanted to keep the snap placket from the front as my closure in the back, but soon realized it would not be wide enough to get on and off if I sewed it to the skirt part of the dress. So I took a second piece of the placket that I had lopped off from the top of the shirt, and extended the snaps in the back. I attached the skirt portion of the dress to either side of that placket, allowing the dress to be opened all the way down my back. Whew. That was hard. But it worked like a charm!

Oh and those sleeves? They were the collar. I cut it in half, finished the ends, and sewed them in!


This is the dress without the crinoline underneath.


And with a little puffy support.

I had a lot of fun with this one, and used every bit of that shirt! That always feels good.

Head over to my blog for more details and so many more photos!

Thank you Michelle, and we have a little request…can we hire you for our personal seamstress?  You are absolutely AMAZING!  Everyone be sure to come back tomorrow for the next Refashion Creation, and be sure to link up your own Refashion Clothing in the sew along!