Saturday, July 25, 2009

I heart contests about sewing

Surprise, surprise, I entered the recent Swimsuit Cover Up Contest put on by Singer and I am a sucker for a sewing contest.

My entries:

Entry #1, Patchwork Picnic. This swimsuit coverup is a modified version of an awesome vintage pattern from Burda Moden magazine, circa 1971, for a floor-length evening gown, complete with French darts, a deep V halter neckline, and a sweeping scooped back. I modified the pattern by shortening it, and by sewing the cover-up from a patchwork fabric I constructed entirely out of scraps from my fabric scrap pile. You might recognize the fabrics from some of my previous projects (that is, if I ever blogged. heh).
patchwork picnic, a swimsuit coveruppatchwork picnicpatchwork picnic

Here's the original pattern, Burda Moden magazine, November 1971. I think I mentioned scoring a number of vintage 70s Burda's from ebay last summer--and then to left you all hanging at the edge of your seats. It's all about anticipation.
burda moden (november 1971)

Entry #2 Pool Hoodie. I found this amazing, thick stretch terry cloth fabric at the thrift store, calling out to be made into a cozy poolside hoodie. The pattern is Simplicity 3694, a Built By Wendy pattern. I modified the pattern by adding multi-colored piping and binding made from knit scraps and upcycled t-shirts.
super cozy terry cloth pool hoodie in action

Entry # 3, Beach Pants. This entry is for the pants only. The top is my swimsuit top. Yes, it is a momkini. AND I bought it at an LL Bean outlet store. Don't judge.

Back to the pants. . . . they are a modified version of the pants pattern in Sew You. I added a drawstring waist, front patch pockets with eyelets, and cropped the length. Voila, beach pants!!

beach pantseyelet front patch pockets

And, just because he's so cute, here's Alex hanging out at the pond near the agility cabin last weekend.


kbenco said...

What fabulous cover ups. I adore the patchwork evening dress transformation. Good luck in the contest.

Christine said...

love that patchwork coverup!

Susan said...

Fabulous work on the cover-up and the pants! Great pictures, too.