It's been a few days since the announcement of my first challenge in the Fabricista Fashion Challenge. Let's review it if you hadn't been able to check out the announcement!
Week 1-- The Recycled Challenge: Make a garment out of recycled materials or materials that would have otherwise been thrown away, such as scraps from your sewing room or grocery bags. You can reconstruct a garment to make it more fashion forward and utilize unconventional items to add accessories and embellishments.
I rummaged through a giant bag of scraps I was about to toss out or give away just last week before I learned I was going to be in the competition, plus I looked through my pile of 'to give away' clothes. I found the perfect thing! It's been sitting in my closet absolutely unworn for over 6 years. I was a much larger size those years back, so that just meant I have more fabric to work with! I've been muslin-ing, cutting, dyeing, ironing, washing, ironing even more, hand stitching and finally some machine sewing today. I'm part way through with the actual construction of my garment!
I picked up some dye because I wanted a different color for my final garment. The package said red but the color swirls on the package looked more orange...so I said 'what the heck, I'll take it!' The color results were a bit surprising as I've never dyed anything before (well... not counting tie dyeing t-shirts at camp.) The dye job was nicely even throughout the fabric except in a few tiny areas, this was great because I needed almost every last bit to work with.
I'm really excited to see what the other ladies in the competition are making!! Stay tuned for my final garment...