I have been following CathGrace since very early in my discovery of 'sewing blogs' about a year and a half ago. I was then humbled to get to compete along side her in Project Run and Play's Season 6... and somehow I found myself with her in the final three. Catherine has the most impeccable sewing skills I have ever seen, her attention to detail is sublime, and somehow she achieves the best fit in children/tween clothing. She honestly is one of those people who I can say has inspired me to become a better seamstress!
Over the next month I will be sharing my creations and all the amazing stylings of this line up of ladies:
If you are new to the blog and want to know more about Operation Project $0, You can check out the Origins HERE and the intro to OPO 2013 HERE.
And here is Catherine to share both her beautiful creation and model with us today....
I used 2 yards of navy and cream striped, cotton fabric for the outer body of the dress, and 2 yards of a plain cream, cotton fabric for the lining. The cream was originally intended for a quilt from a couple of years ago that I still haven't gotten around to, and the navy and cream stripe was just an "I like it and will find a use for it purchase" from a quilt shop. The main reason I stash sew here in Korea, is because I am about 1.5 hours from a fabric store, so I keep 20-30 zips on hand, a huge box of buttons, etc. because if I need something to finish a project, I can't just run out and get it at Joann's.
I begin every project just looking through all my fabric, then finding what I have that will all work together from findings to trim, and that's what I can make right then. It's pretty impossible to buy for a single project here from beginning to end, the fabric markets aren't set up like that, you will never find the same fabric again later if you don't buy it as you see it, so you just buy usable yardages of things as you like it, with the hopes that you will find something to do with it later!
I tried to line up all of my stripes through all of my seams and darts, and I even tried to gather the skirt blue stripe to blue stripe, so that the pattern stayed visually uninterrupted.
Didn't I tell you!!! Amazing - look at those stripes all matching and the DARTS.... squee. I'm now thinking baby girl needs a dress like this... I think I just realized that all of these guest posts are going to seriously lengthen my 'to sew' list ;op Thank you again Catherine for joining in on this Operation. And I hope all of the rest of you will be back tomorrow to see some of my own creations!
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so that I can see what you can do with $0!!!