Week 7: Finished!

No pattern was needed for this, all pleating “math”.  This is the shortest time I’ve taken so far and one of my favourite looks.  What I think this tells me is that I really just like making stuff, more than clothes. For materials I went with fiberglass screening, garbage bags, astroturf and a Velcro closure (you can totally buy hook & loop closures at hardware stores).  Also, I am highly considering making an endless amount of bell shaped crins and little skirts and always having skirts this poufy, it is…

Week 7: Setup/Sketch

Oh man! Kind of stoked about this week’s challenge: making something with materials sourced from a hardware store. Plus! An accessory.  Shoot, I have pretty much tonnes of that sort of thing lying about already.  Rock. Probs using primarily the beautiful stuff known as fiberglass window screen, which I do have a small roll of (sourced from a screen door I found on the side of the road years ago), though I totally bought another roll when I saw they were only five bucks.  Fun! Also! Splurged (all of another…

Week 2: Finished!

I wanted something totally flippy and ridic.  The setting was “modelling industry party”, so I figured on making the skirt shorter as well.  To work the legs, etc.  I have to give Chase some credit here, he said “you know what could go with burlap? Gold lamé. The plaid-ish fabric was salvaged from this insane shirt Chase has had in his closet for years.  I’m using it as my embellishment and lining for the skirt and cowl, which I feel remains in the spirit of the challenge.  The panels of…

Week 2: Progress

I’d originally thought that the contestants’ fabric was limited to the dimensions of a burlap bag.  Laying out my pattern pieces the other night I realised that must be false, as a basic dress shape takes up the majority of the yardage, leaving little extra for the fripperies that were so popular last episode. Thank goodness for that.  Boo, however, to no muslin lining or stabiliser.  I have a plan, however. I cut out the fabric while watching Trailer Park Boys and cursed myself for what appears to be some…

Week 2: Drafting

I did my pattern plotting on the commute home, so I had the time to be kind of a nerd about it.  And to plot it entirely out, forget I wanted to do a halter-back-ish-thing, go back and fix it. So, watching video clips of the contestant’s reviews in the workroom, I heard it said that this was a “ten-hour challenge.” I don’t watch the show, remember, so I didn’t know what they meant by there being a “day” to complete a challenge.  I was like, “A calendar day? Twelve…