Our Just For You blog hop is coming to a close and I just want to say a big 'thank you' and 'hugs!' to all the designers who participated and all the readers who followed along. I hope you all won a book! Okay, I know that's not possible but I wish you could have. Some of the giveaways (including mine) have not ended yet, so be sure to read to the end where you can enter my giveaway for a book and lots of fabric and browse the other blogs too.
So all this month we've let the designers who contributed to Just For You share their ideas and inspiration that led to such amazing projects. And lest you think that all I did was get everybody together... I contributed projects too! Including the dress above - the Quilting Bee Dress.
When I was drafting this dress, I wanted something casual and fun that I could sew up in my favorite quilting fabrics (and voiles, and rayons). My first couple of versions were a basic sheath with bust darts, but they looked kinda boring. So I tried removing the darts and shaping the bodice with elastic thread shirring at an empire-ish waist instead.
It was a winner! I showed Sarah and we both loved the shirred waist version. We tried it in a tunic too and loved it.
The shirred waist tunic version ended up being named the 'Saturday Night Tunic' because I whipped one up on a Saturday afternoon and wore it out that same night. It's the top that the publisher picked for the cover of the book. :)
After wearing various versions of this same pattern everywhere for a couple weeks I needed to try something new. So I made a new one and put a drawstring waistband in it instead of the elastic shirring.
The drawstring version was so cute that we decided it put it in the book too... and that's the Quilting Bee dress at the top. The Saturday Night Tunic and Quilting Bee Dress are versions of the same pattern with waist shaping and length variations.
The last thing I contributed was this little dolman sleeved jacket made with knit fabric. Isn't Sarah cute modelling it for me? I'm sad because the picture in the book doesn't show how the stripes make a chevron pattern in the back. But maybe since it's called the 'Chevron Shrug,' people with look closer and read about it.
So, are you ready for your last chance to win books and fabric? Enter my giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below to win a book plus fabric to make the four projects above (including the Chevron Shrug). My giveaway ends Monday December 1st at midnight.
Then visit all the other designers in the blog hop for a chance to win books from them too!