Sunday, January 18, 2015

It's a New Sewing Year

I didn't make any resolutions but, I did make a few new year sewlutions to keep me focused and sewing all year.  

My first sewlution is to participate in the "Bargainista Fashionisa" Contest.  The rules are to create a garment inspired by a retail fashion seen in a store, on line or in a magazine.  The garment must clearly be inspired by the original piece. My inspiration was a Marc Jacobs Sequined Leopard Miniskirt. 

Even if I wanted to purchase the Marc Jacobs skirt from Neiman Marcus, I can't because I joined the "Sew Your Own Wardrobe for a Year Challenge."  It's a commitment not to purchase Ready to Wear (RTW) clothing for a year.   This will be a challenge for me because I love to shop, hmmm.  Anyway, while perusing JoAnn Fabrics for the sequins, I stumbled upon this Python Cotton Blend fabric.  This fabric was perfect! 
My inspiration piece has a $1,600.00 price tag,.   My fabric's price tag is $16.99 per yard, but I used a 50% off coupon.   As many zippers as I have in my stash, I didn't have one black, navy or teal... go figure.  I had to spend $1.67 with my additional 15% of coupon on the black zipper, bringing my total to less than $11.00.   
I used my TNT skirt pattern McCall's 3930. It's an old pattern, that I've had for years.  It's a very easy skirt pattern.   My skirt looks a lot like my inspiration except my Bargainista Fashionista skirt is about twice the length.  I think my version is a little more versatile.  What do you think?
I made it half way through the first month of the year and I haven't bought any RTW clothing.  Eleven and half months to go! 
 I'm also  participating a in the Make a Garment a Month challenge (MAGAM).  January's theme is A New Sewing Adventure or Technique.  My plan is to create Simplicity 1425 using lace. 

Stop by later for the finished project.  Happy New Year!