Aug 152014
 

Remember way back in March when I went to NY and partied with some awesome sewing ladies? During that trip, we told you about Oona’s Drunken Fat Quarter Challenge. Well the time has come for the big reveal!

To refresh your memory, this is what I started with:

Lolita Patterns | Oona's Fat Quarter Challenge Reveal

And here is what I ended with:

Lolita Patterns | Oona's Fat Quarter Challenge Reveal

Oops. I forgot to mention. This is the only way I can fit this garment at the moment. When the challenge was created in March, I was barely pregnant. And the due date was April 30th so I was not going to be showing yet. But as the due date kept getting pushed back, I kept getting bigger and bigger. And the cute skirt and top I had planned was no longer going to work. No woven was going to fit well now! Plus, I wanted to be able to wear my zombies more often than only when I was nearing my third trimester!

My solution? Make an Olive! I can’t believe it never occurred to me earlier. I had this adorable skirt and top I had picked out of the Sew Serendipity book but when I couldn’t make something work with my belly in a woven fabric right now, I realized Olive would be so cute “zombie blocked.” (i.e. colorblocked) It was my goal to try and use all the fat quarters without any supplemental fabric! I used all but 1 fabric…but I have plans for it don’t worry! I made view B and I made it sleeveless and finished the sleeves with bias binding.

Lolita Patterns | Oona's Fat Quarter Challenge Reveal

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I used the awesome rainbow fabric I traded Devra for in the waistband piece of Olive. I love my rainbow waistbands. The rest is all various zombie collection fabrics. Zombies in the front and back center, and buttons on the other pieces. More zombies on the facings!

Lolita Patterns | Oona's Fat Quarter Challenge Reveal

back

I made this Olive one size larger than my regular size hoping to account for post pregnancy weight as well as a larger bust. I want to wear this baby as soon as I can! When I was making it, I kept thinking it looked so weird. But I am in love with the finished product! I am going to colorblock some more Olives!

Lolita Patterns | Oona's Fat Quarter Challenge Reveal

facings

For the peplum pieces, I split them into three pieces, added seam allowances, and sewed the different pieces together to make them work with all the different fabrics…plus the peplums were too wide for the fat quarter on its own…sometimes creative solutions end up being the best!

What do you all think? Do you think Devra and I have convinced Oona that you can use fat quarters in clothing projects? Should we all send her fat quarter bundles to use??  If not, we still have Jennifer and Carolyn showing their projects to help us convince Oona. They will be posting this month as well as part of Oona’s birthday extravaganza!

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Jun 212014
 

Before we dig into The Rambo Project, I wanted to share a little surprise with you all! Yup, that’s me…sporting quite a baby bump for someone not due until November. This picture here is me and our little girl Clover Rose expected this November.

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

I know a lot of you already knew about my pregnancy because you were either with me while I was showing, or you were with me when I was trying to confirm that I was officially pregnant (I’m looking at you Trice, Lladybird, and Clare!) But now that we finally got to learn the gender (girl!) I figured it was time to share it with all my virtual sewing buddies.

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

So since I’ve known about this new addition for a little while, I had plenty of time to plan my Rambo project accordingly. Since it was hard to gauge what size I would be ahead of time, I thought I would make something more practical that I could  use everyday instead of only when I was 5 months pregnant. A baby sling!

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

You have probably heard about The Rambo Project by now from all the other talented ladies participating, but just in case you haven’t, I’ll give you the cliff notes version of the story. (Click here to see the full version) My girl Erin received a box of turbans that were used in the movie Rambo III! These turbans were actually used so they have rips and stains and are different colors, etc. She messaged some of us around the web to know if we wanted to make something out of them. Believe me when I say the answer was a unanimous yes!! Everyone wanted a piece of the Rambo action…and really, can you blame them/us?

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

I started searching around the web for how to make a baby sling. This is my first baby and I have no idea about these things yet. Turns out it is very simple. I bought some sturdy rings from Sling Rings and followed the instructions on their website. I did NOT believe this was going to hold anything. It seemed too simple! Of course my dogs are ginormous so I couldn’t test it out with them, but luckily my parents have a smaller dog and she was more than willing to help me test out my new baby sling. And look! No hands! It totally works and Nellie (the cute white dog) was completely comfortable just chilling in it. I’m excited to try it when Clover finally gets here!

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

Of course, me being me, I couldn’t just leave the baby sling the way it was. I had to embellish it, with neons, and pom pom balls, and variegated thread decorative stitches…and of course couch some of my new neon pearl crown rayon that I picked up in New York at Pacific Trimming. Here is a closeup of all the stitching.

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

neon pink hearts, green pom poms, neon orange and yellow spikey squiggle, couched neon variegated trim from NY, neon yellow and green squiggles and more green pom poms

In order to do decorative stitching on a fabric, especially if you are using wide stitches, you need to use a stabilizer on the back to keep the stitches from tunneling and pulling. I used a tear away/wash away stabilizer that tore cleanly. You just stitch with the stabilizer underneath and tear it off when you are done…easy presto!

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Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

Also, one easy trick I use when couching trim, or using binding is to put the roll on the knee lift lever and unwind it from there. Holds everything perfectly and works much better than trying to hold it on my lap when it constantly falls off and then the doggies try to play with it.

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

How about one last pic for the road?

Lolita Patterns | Surprise! and The Rambo Project

I hope to alter some Lolita Patterns into a version I can wear for maternity because I am seriously outgrowing my clothes way too fast. If I do, I will definitely post how I modify the pattern so you all can make them too!

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