I am supposed make my own version of any pattern from the Top Ten lists of the past few years, and since I already owned Vogue 8379 and it had the most wearability, it is the basis for my garment. I am making it up from Bamboo Interlock that I purchased from the co-op, and it is the absolute softest fabric I've ever touched. I want more of this stuff, I could wear it everyday!!!
I struggled with how to make a unique, "winning" version that I could still get use out of. In other words, I needed to think outside the box, but end up with something that I could wear often. I didn't want to put hours of work into something that I never get to wear! A friend's dress at a recent party gave me the inspiration for the embellishment color scheme, and I had to play with the "trims" awhile to find the right combination. I still felt like adding trim wouldn't be enough to garner a "win" (I'm just a tad bit competitive, if you didn't know...), so I decided to alter the sleeve lines of the pattern. I love my racerback tops in the summer, and I love the look of a halter from the front, (but hate the low, bra-showing, back), so here's what I've got so far...
The bodice front
The bodice back (I definitely could've came in more toward the center for a true racerback, and still might...)The inside of the back, where you can see the neck facings and armhole binding.
The trims separateI also considered a single color bead of turquoise (too flat) or aqua, but the multicolor combination makes it look more 3-dimensional, in my opinion.
The trims combined (I wove the silver trim through the holes, and ended up with a (surprise) chain-link look that I really, really love.
The beads will also run on the other side of the scallop, I just haven't got that far yet! The black trim was blending right into the fabric, so the border definition really helps it stand out. This trim will border the front armholes, up around the back neckline (like halter straps, but over the fabric). It will also appear on the tie belt, but maybe not in the same combination.
I'm still playing with modifying the tie belt, but not sure about that yet. I decided to do the bead work on the trim while that concept needs time to stew...
I'm open for ideas, if you have any!!! I certainly don't need $1000 gift certificate to Fabric.com, but am confident I could find a way to spend it! The other prizes aren't so shabby either, but best yet, I'm going to end up with a fabulous dress, regardless of the contest!
Me thinks a better picture of the new pleated blouse is in order! The one I posted, just doesn't do it justice. I'll wear it tonight to a family party, and have DH work his magic.
Say What??? I was swimming with the kids on Thursday, and my right ear got plugged. Still hasn't cleared up, and the ringing is starting to drive me nuts! I tried some Murine Ear Cleaning stuff, inserted drops, waited, flushed with warm water (twice), still no luck. If it's not better by Monday, I might have to go to the doctor (yuck). Any of you have any home remedies for this situation?