Sunday, June 19, 2016

Project Runway At Home Challenge - Season 14 - Week 3


Over the past years, I have joined several Facebook groups for sew-cialists.   Last fall, a group was started for a Project Runway At Home Challenge of which I participated in for a few weeks.   Last fall, I posted the Week 1 challenge….on time.   This post is about the challenge presented on the 3rd episode of Season 14.  Competitors were paired and given an exotic location which would be their inspiration.  They were to make an outfit that could provide two different looks.  Of the locations, I chose The Greek Isles.  



Greek Isles and the Project Runway Outfit submitted


When I think of the Greek Isles I think of calm cool colors, lots of white, and fabrics that will flow in the breeze.  So I went to my fabric stash (I was still on a “DON’T YOU BUY ANY MORE FABRIC” moment of my life) and I found the best combination of fabrics!!  Amazing what you can find in your stash when you actually look, huh?  Now, what these fabrics are….your guess is as good as mine, but I will do my best at describing them.

I created 3 separate pieces that could be worn in multiple ways....
For the skirt, we have a very soft white cotton, almost gauzy like fabric.  Thin and light weight with a slight stretch to it.
For the blouse we have a thin but not quite sheer fabric that has the texture of crepe but is much lighter in weight.
For the added effect, I used a crinkle chiffon with a blue/green leaf print to catch the breezes in my Greek Isles fantasy.





The skirt is self-drafted.  One piece cut on the fold for the front, two pieces for the back with a vent, two top darts and an invisible zipper.  Because the fabric was a bit thin, I lined it so I could still be classy. 

The blouse was created by using Simplicity 1588 view A. 


I’ve used this pattern previously and loved the way it falls.  Of course, I wear a tank/cami underneath, but for the purpose of this challenge, I let it all hang out!  Well…there’s not much to hang out, but my bra did make a few cameo appearances.

And the whimsical addition was simply cut at an angle to create asymmetry, gathered and attached on a waistband with hook and eye attachments.

As you can see, for the challenge, I tucked in the blouse and let the skirt sit higher up on my waist while wrapping the chiffon around me. 


As for the second look, I simply removed the chiffon wrap and now I am in what looks like a simple dress.



What about a 3rd look you ask?  Well, when I bring the blouse back out…..


I can easily imagine this top with some white jeans and gold heals!  I've made this top several times so it may be worthy of its own blog post in the future. Stay tuned....until then....