Saturday, June 2, 2012

Vote for your favorite garment!

To begin, let me say that this was a difficult challenge for me in many ways.
  • Firstly, this is the first challenge I've hosted by myself.  My partner in crime, Keren from, was not able to help me out this time around.  We all missed you, Keren!  
  • Secondly, we have a Kate, Katie, Kadie, and KT in this challenge!!!!  Enough said.  
  • Thirdly, it went by way too fast!  Time flies when you're having fun, right?
Highlights of this challenge?
  • I met over dozen new people!  Very cool and talented and fun people.  It has been a pleasure getting know each and every one of you.  
  • I made some garments that I would actually wear from fabrics from my stash!  Yay!  
  • I learned a new sewing technique: shirring.  It wasn't nearly as difficult as I had imagined.  
Here is a recap of the challenge guidelines:
  • The theme of this challenge is to sew any garment that YOU will be proud enough to wear in public. 
  • This is a sewing challenge so machine or hand sewing is a required element in your entry.
  • You must make a new garment for this challenge.  
  • Upcycling and refashioning of existing garments is acceptable and long as you follow the second guideline.
  • Don't confuse garments with accessories like hats, scarves, belts, etc.
  • You must try something new when creating your garment. 
Something new I'm trying for this challenge is to allow you to vote for 3 entries per day.  The order of the entries in the poll is randomized so don't tell your friends to votes for the "third entry".  Be sure to scroll down below this poll and you'll find links to all the entries.

  1. Adele refashioned an XL t-shirt into a cute halter top.  I agree with her assessment of the garment, "it's mint"!!!!  Visit Adele's blog and learn more about her refashion HERE.
  2. Katie made this cute tank in a flattering shade of blue/teal.  She altered the pattern and added another layer make it a bit longer.  The result is a perfectly finished top with a flirty flair.  Visit Katie's blog and learn about how she met her challenge HERE.
  3. June is rocking this pretty frock!  She made this dress with a fun summer print in my favorite color--green!  It looks great with belt and boots, but I imagine it looks good beltless and paired with sandals as well.  Visit June's recently revamped blog and read about her dress HERE.
  4. Lee made a few "practice" dresses that I thought were super cute before she came up with this very pretty outfit.  She paired a lovely floral top with a pleated teal skirt.  Visit Lee's blog and learn about fashion journey HERE.
  5. Kristin made her first ever garment!  Congrats on making something lovely for yourself!  Visit Kristin's blog and learn more about her top HERE.
  6. Kate made this lovely lined chiffon skirt in an hour!  It's even lined!  Visit Kate's blog and read about her entry HERE.
  7. Donatella created a wonderful wrap dress and versatile scarf out of a fabulous silk floral.  She looks great in it with her cool pink heels.  Visit Donatella's blog and see how she designed her entry HERE.
  8. Lucija has made a lovely skirt.  I bet it flows beautifully as she walks.  Visit Lucija's blog and learn more about her skirt HERE.
  9. Mah Lub created this stylish green pencil skirt with a poplin detail.  She really took the "wear it in public" part of the challenge to heart and actually wore it on television!  Learn about her cool skirt HERE.
  10. Kei's shirred top was inspired by a top she has hanging in her closet.  She drafted the pattern herself--no easy feat!  She learned the proper way to apply shirring and the result is lovely and really suit her.  Visit Kei's blog and learn about how she constructed her top HERE.
  11. KT was inspired by dress she tried on at Target.  She came up with this cute polka dotted dress and wore it to her college graduation.  Congrats on the dress and degree!  Visit Kt's blog and read about her submission HERE.
  12. Melody really got into the spirit of this challenge and made a whole outfit.  It's nearly winter where she lives so she made a cozy tunic dress and paired it with sexy lace leggings.  Visit Melody's new blog and learn about her submission HERE.
  13. Lana was a last minute entry to our challenge, but we're so pleased she shared her precious Mad Men-inspired dress.  The cutout is very sweet, isn't it?  Visit Lana's blog and read about how she made this dress HERE.
  14. Steph took on a whopper of a challenge and ended up with a great new swimsuit.  She had to remake the bottoms a few times--but the resulting finish is superb.  What determination!  Visit Stephanie's blog and learn about her entry HERE.
  15. Rikka (that's me!) tried shirring for the first time.  You can read about my dress HERE.
  16. Lakshmi made this classy BurdaStyle coat from cotton and lined it in velvet!  The buttons are wood painted silver--clever girl!!!  Visit Lakshmi's blog and read about her challenge submission HERE.
  17. Melanie looks terrific in this maxi dress.  It really suits her, doesn't it?  She worked with knits--always a challenge--and finished with style!  Visit Melanie's blog learn about her garment HERE.
  18. Mia Jonique didn't have much experience sewing, but that didn't stop her from entering a garment sewing challenge.  She refashion a t-shirt into a nice summer top with a pretty butterfly detail.  Visit Mia Jonique's blog and learn about sewing adventure HERE.
  19. Kadie confessed early on that she cut her fabric wrong.  We all have been there--it's so frustrating!  But our Kadie didn't give up, she worked with what she had and finished with style!  You'd never know any mistake was made looking at her finished dress.  Visit Kadie's blog and learn about her dress HERE.
  20. Pam has made herself a cool pair of zumba pants.  She's an accomplished seamstress so I imagine it took her a while to find something "new" to challenge herself with .  Visit's Pam's blog and learn about her challenge submission HERE.
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  1. I didn't realize there were so many Kadie, Katie's in the group! That's kind of funny. Everyone ended up with such wonderful garments!! Thank you so much for hosting all by your self this time.:)

  2. Thank you for hosting, Rikka! I can't wait to see what you (and Keren too?) dream up next.

  3. You did a terrific job Rikka, thank you so very much for hosting yet another super enjoyable challenge x

  4. Thank you for hosting! Had fun with this challenge :)

  5. Thank you for hosting this wonderfull challenge! I had so much fun and really enjoy seeing everyones creations.

  6. such a funny & fruitful challenge, neva thought I could make a pencil skirt ;)
    thanks, rikka, you are a sweetheart!

  7. Thanks for hosting this challenge Rikka, it has opened a whole new online world to me.
    I now belong to pinterest- which I love, and have started a blog which I am also enjoying - all thanks to you & the challenge. I also have some great new clothes in my closet.
    You have been a great host & support for me, Thanks again Rikka, U Rockx

  8. thanks for hosting this challenge, Rikka! i actually wore my skirt today :) yes, in public, not just around the house!!!! i'm checking out what everyone has made now !

  9. Another great challenge Rikka! love all the entries - well done to all!

  10. Thanks for hosting this challenge Rikka. I have voted for today! will keep coming back.

    One Correction regarding my coat details. the fabric is cotton and is lined with velvet. It has been mentioned as wool in your post. pls change the same to cotton.

  11. Thanks for hosting, Rikka!!! Another fabulous challenge!!! Looking forward to the next one...

  12. Great challenge Rikka and well met by all of your participants!

  13. lovely entries. I wished i had seen before and participated.

  14. Even if I didn't stick to the original plan and did a rush job at the end, I still had a lot of fun taking part in this challenge and especially enjoyed all the e-mail updates as you girls all worked on your projects!!!
    Big thanks to Rikka for hosting this!! I've loved it!

  15. To all my fellow participants:
    You are all so welcome!!!! This was super fun and a great experience!

  16. WoW! Even though *I* am one of the entrants...I had a hard time choosing who to vote for! lol ALL of these are fabulous!!! Thanks for hosting & great job everyone.

  17. I only just found out about this challenge today. Please do another one like it. I have looked at all the entries and read the posts - what a lot of effort and such great items made. Each entrant is a winner simply for taking up the challenge and making a wearable garment. wear them with pride.
    I have given myself two sewing challenges for the next little while, both for things I have never made before. I have just cut up my favourite comfy undies that aren't made any more and made a pattern. next step is to try to make them myself. I have just bought some fabric and I hope that i can get them somewhere near right. The other challenge I have set myself is to make myself a pair of jeans. I make all my regular pants but the pattern that I use is a very altered elastic waist pant with no pockets. It will be quite tricky to make jeans, but alas I can find no jeans to fit right in the stores and my favourites are literally falling apart. I haven't quite got up the courage to cut them up yet.
    I am your latest follower.

  18. Wonderful!
    I have more than one favorurites!
    I don't remember if we can vote more than once...

    Hope to catch you on the next challenge.
    Is it up yet?

    1. The newest challenge will be announced around June 15th. I don't know what it'll be yet.

  19. Rikka..... thank you so much for these challenges! it really helps expand my skills and makes me try something new and actually complete projects!!! I wrote about the challenge and voting over here today..

    Like I said in my blog.. everyone here is just drop dead amazing!!! I was so impressed! While of course I like to win, there is no one here I would be ashamed to lose to... just great!!


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