Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fabric Surface Design

Bead by bead ... by bead...by bead...by bead....my fabric design began. I used kid-friendly colored wooden beads and button/craft thread to sew them to the fabric.


Sewing back through previous beads keeps them lined up.


I sewed on this design from Minneapolis, MN to Raleigh, NC to Atlanta, GA to Chicago, IL in airports and on planes!!!
(By the way, each man that sat next to me on these planes was amazed that women actually sewed anymore as none of them could get their wives to sew on missing buttons or fix ripped seams. )

Here is the finished surface design that is part of my entry for the Project Run and Play Challenge.








This dress/top was made using the Georgia Twirl from Shwin Designs, with one design addition from me. I added a button-on strip at the waistline seam.

I made the buttonhole strip myself using a strip of bias fabric and my sewing machine.
 
 
 
This design element is the  "secret magic"  so you can change the top into a dress by buttoning on another curved skirt layer.


This shows the inside of the lined now "dress".

 
I also closed the seam under the arm with this triangular design.

 

Two different fun fabrics were used to create the shorts to coordinate with the top.



Notice the top yoke and ruffle on each of the shorts. On the cats shorts, I applied the elastic in the "paper bag" fashion. In the turquoise shorts, I just made a 1 1/4 inch casing and inserted a 1 " piece of elastic.

Miss E told me that she likes how the skirt twirls... and that's why I overlapped the third layer and sewed that layer shut.....we don't want any flasher episodes happening !






10 comments:

  1. The beads collar is stunning! And the idea of "secret magic" dress to top is awesome. Very well done and creative dress, your girl will sure to love this.

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    1. Thanks Penya,
      I like the button-on strip on this dress/top too. I like the versatility of having both a top and a dress with just a bit more effort while sewing the outfit.
      Deborah

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  2. very cute! What a fun dress with so many options! Love the color. Emily@nap-timecreations.com

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    1. Emily,
      I agree... this bright colorful batik fabric was fun to work with to create this colorful summer outfit.
      Deborah

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  3. Love the bead work!
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    1. Joy,
      Oh my, that bead work! When I was about half way through the project, I thought, "You are crazy lady...this is taking way too much time." But in the end, I really liked the bead work too. Thanks for your kind comments.
      Deborah

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  4. This sounds like a lot of work... but turned out lovely on your girl.

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    1. Magda,
      Not too much work! A labor of love.
      Deborah

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  5. Oh, wow, you really did great this week! I'll bet she loves it!

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  6. I love the button design. Such a cool idea! Also amazing beadwork!

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