Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sewvivor Auditions- Strip-Pieced Shift Dress


I really tried not to audition for this competition. I mean right at this moment my family is in the middle of a big move. Last night we finished loading the U-haul, cleaned up shop, and today my husband is driving through New Mexico, Texas, the Oklahoma pan handle, and just into Kansas... halfway to Iowa City. I decided a couple weeks ago I wasn't going to audition because July is just crazy, but I just couldn't get it out of my head.

Or this dress. I couldn't pack away my boxes (and boxes and boxes) of sewing stuff until I got this dress out of my head and onto my six-year-old.

And this competition just sounds SO much fun. I'm bursting with ideas!


My idea was to piece together this dress in strips, using solids to create a patchwork that looks almost like a textile itself. I mean I would totally buy this fabric if it existed and I didn't have to spend hours piecing it all together.


For the silhoette I wanted a loose shift dress and I already had the perfect pattern for it, the Norah dress by MHC. It is an amazing pattern. See the Norah I made as Drew's Christmas dress last year! I did slightly modify the shape this time by adding length for my tall girl, lengthening the sleeves, and cutting down some of the A-line.


I also constructed it slightly different this time and I LOVE the results. The back of the original Norah is made with two pieces and has a slit at the neckline, but I didn't really want to cut up my pretty strips into two back pieces. So I cut my back as one piece, cut a line down it just where the slit was supposed to be, and when it was time to attach the lining I completely attached it all around the neckline and slit. After pulling the lining through and pressing, I got this cute little keyhole type slit. (For the slit, imagine how you would sew a welt pocket.) The neon shoelace trim was the perfect way to close it up.







This wasn't the most convenient time to sew a dress such as this, but so worth it. I hope I make it into the competition!!

37 comments:

  1. Ok, wow!!!! Your 6 year old is a lucky lady!!! This is amazing. I was hoping we'd see some apparel entered into the competition. Your piecing skills are so good. And the dimension of making into a dress is so neat. Reminds me of Caila's quilted board shorts from last season. Thanks so much for entering! Especially in the middle of your move... I think Sewvivor does strange things to people, but that's what it takes to sewvive, right? lol :)

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    1. Thank you so much! And Caila is awesome to be compared to :).

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  2. what an interesting twist to the entries. i had never thought to have seen a "quilted" outfit before.
    best of luck to you in the auditions!

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  3. This is FABULOUS! You're right, I'd totally buy the fabric too! Great entry - awesome dress. Good luck with the move!

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  4. This dress is FAB!! Good luck with the competition :)

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  5. What a fun dress! And the piecing is great! Good luck in the competition!

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  6. I would totally buy that fabric if it existed without piecing. That dress looks fabulous!

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  7. What a gorgeous dress and an all around awesome idea! I LOVE IT!

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  8. Woah Chelise! This is really great! When I first saw this post pop up on my phone I didn't think you pieced it at all - just thought it was a great print! But once I read that, I was even more impressed.

    You are crazy for throwing your hat in the ring, but a good crazy. Hope you get in! :)

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    1. I am totally crazy, Kristin. Thank you!!

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  9. This is just stunning. STUNNING! I"m so glad I read the details on how you made the dress because I didn't even realize at first it was pieced together strips of fabric. Wow. Best of luck with the competition!

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    1. Awe, thanks! I don't want all that piecing to go unnoticed for sure :)

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  10. wow Wow WOOOOOW this is the most amazing thing I have seen in a long long time. The colors, the shape, the sewing.....it is perfection!!

    Good luck for the audition - you know who I will vote for if you are being chosen :-)

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  11. I'm pretty sure that with this dress you just became my biggest Blog crush :)

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    1. Um, did THE Sewing Rabbit just say I'm a blog crush? On top of the world :)

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  12. Great work! So very inspiring! Best, Kate

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  13. This is incredible!! Wow!! Love the back slit!! Love everything!! Amazing! Wish you the best of luck, you totally deserve it! :)

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  14. Wow Chelise! I'm in awe of this work of art. It's remarkable! Most artistic and creative creation I've seen on a long time. I think you are overqualified for that competition to be honest.

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    1. Your opinion means a lot to me, Justine! I am major blushing! The last time I felt overqualified for something though was when I took my kids to see Smurfs 2 and I swear I got dumber just by watching it, hah!

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  15. Not that there is anything wrong with Sewvivor, but I wouldn't want to compete against you!

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  16. Wow! Gorgeous! I am sure you will get a place in this competition!

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  17. Amazing!! I'm blown away! And I'm so glad you are moving close to me. :)

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  18. SHUT UP! Pretty sure you just sealed your Sewvivor fate! GOOD LUCK (not that you need it).

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    1. There needs to be some more apparel entries, Tasha. Come on!!

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  19. This just seriously blew my mind. I'm FLOORED

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  20. Beyond fantastic!!!
    I absolutely love this, what a creative idea! And your model is adorable!

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  21. Um - wow. Just wow. Best of luck with auditions!

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  22. That dress is rocking' awesome. I would totally wear it, and I'm far from 6. I've no idea what a welt pocket is, but nice job on this.

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  23. This is so INCREDIBLE! It belongs in a museum! As far as I am concerned you have already won the entire contest!!! and she is ADORABLE!!!! XXOOO, Cat
    PS:: seriously, you are an artist! XXOO Cat

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  24. OMG! This dress is amazing! Great job. M

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