And this is also my entry for July's Monthly Stitch challenge, MonoSewn--in other words, sewing in only black and white. This project isn't completely monochromatic, but it's about as monochromatic as I'll ever get.
So, I was chosen to take part in linen week. Back in June, I sent fabric to Jenn at A Jennuine Life, who made a super cute dress for her daughter (here). My other swap partner was Bonnie from Fishsticks Designs. She sent me some great spotty fabric--it's actually a 30/70 linen-cotton blend, which I think probably made it easier to work with and to wear without wrinkling, but it still retains a nice linen-y look and feel. I got one yard of black, and half a yard each of green and grey. As it turned out, I wound up not using any of the green, but I’m sure it’ll find its way soon into another project.
Initially, since this challenge wasn’t adult-clothing-only and, based on their introductions, I suspected a lot of the other participants wouldn’t be sewing garments for themselves (I'm one of the only ones that isn't a mom), I toyed with the idea of making something that wasn’t for me to wear. But let's be serious. I don’t have a child that I sew for, and I don’t really decorate, nor do I need any more bags. And even if I did, that's not what I sew for. I feel like when you do challenges, you should stick to the rules and the theme, of course, but also be true to yourself. And sewing something not for me to wear, well, that wouldn’t really be me.
|(Since this was an actual sewing contest, and one that I was actually invited to participate in, I made an effort and took photos outside. But the white wall is also very true to me, so I included one of those, as well.)|
|(The next building worked out better.)|
|(That belt. I took it off and put it back on several times throughout the course of taking photos, but isn't it perfect? My sister gave it to me for my birthday--coincidentally right before I received this fabric.)|
Fabric: 1.5 yards of dotted cotton/linen blended fabric from Skirt Fixation challenge swap with Bonnie, free
Pattern: Simplicity 3435 (barely) from SCRAP, used before so free
Year: early 1960s?
Notions: 7" metal zipper from stash, I think $0.45; a tiny bit of bias tape, let's say $0.25 worth; hook and eye from stash, not counting; 2 buttons cannibalized from an old shirt, free
Made before: yes
Make again: probably at some point, though maybe not this year
Sewing soundtrack: Lykke Li
First worn: Wednesday
Wear again: yes
Total cost: $0.70