Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The Sew Weekly Reunion - Faux Liberty Macaron
*This is not my One Pattern, Seven Bloggers Macaron. It's the second Macaron I made after I finished my first one because I loved the pattern so much!!
Fabric - Floral Cotton Lawn, Blue Poplin, White cotton Underlining
Notions - Invisible Zipper, Thread
Pantone Challenge Colours - Mykonos Blue and Samba
Pattern - Colette Patterns Macaron
Year - 2009 0r 2010 I think (?)
Time to complete - Over the course of 2 days
First Worn - 27th August 2013
Wear again? Of course!
Total Cost - $30
I loved reading The Sew Weekly. In fact, it is (was) probably one of my favourite sewing blogs. I started reading it when it was just Mena writing and talking about her weekly sewing adventures, and then she opened up the weekly sewing challenge to 4 other lovely sewing ladies and it got even better!
Sadly, The Sew Weekly ladies stopped posting as their lives, schedules and commitments changed, and my weekly burst of sewing inspiration was no longer. Until...
They came back, baby! And they invited anyone and everyone along for the ride.
I couldn't not sign up to be a part of the challenge, but the truth was, I didn't actually know if I would be able to participate. With our move looming ever closer, I was running out of time to finish the projects I had already committed too, without adding another onto my plate.
So, when they posted the challenge details on the 1st August, I was a little worried about what they would actually entail. You can imagine my relief when it was a pantone challenge, and 2 of the colours almost perfectly matched the fabric I had already picked out for my second version of the Macaron!
I do plan to write more about working with this pattern in detail in my OP7B reveal on Monday. But briefly, I moved the zip to the centre back and proceeded to insert the worst invisible zipper of my life. Really. It took me about 4 attempts to get it right. I'm usually a lapped zipper kind of girl, but this zip was in my stash and I was determined to use it.
I removed the sleeves and finished the neck and arm holes with bias binding (I have a handy dandy tutorial on how to do this here). I also ended up having to completely underline the floral fabric. I bought this online (my first time buying fabric online) and it claimed to be cotton lawn, but really, it's far too loose a weave to be lawn. It almost looks like muslin (or cheese cloth for those who call it that!). But, while we're talking about this floral, doesn't it look a little like a Liberty print? Well, I think so, so I've dubbed this dress the Faux Liberty Macaron :)
Overall, I love this pattern and am kicking myself for not making it sooner. Make sure you check back in on Monday for more Macaron-gushing and my first version of this dress!
Did any of you participate in the Sew Weekly Reunion challenge? I'm really hoping to hear more from these ladies in the future, I missed them :)
PS) I'm really sorry that I've had to post this Macaron out of order from the OP7B dress. The Sew Weekly dress just needed to be up by the 1st September, where as my first dress needed to be up on the 2nd September and I thought two Macarons in subsequent days might be too much. So, I'm sorry about the small timing issue here, that'll teach me to participate in simultaneous challenges :) As an apology, David made me a jumping GIF with an 'in-air' shimmy. This was the one he wanted posted, so, here you go...
Doesn't my hair look awesome when I'm up in the air?