Fabricista 5: White Cotton Challenge – Simplicity 8417

Friends! I entered a sewing competition for the month of September and it’s pretty amazing what the competitors are coming up with, starting with just 2 yards of white cotton. Although I didn’t win last weeks competition (this shirt) it was still a fun challenge.

We were each sent 2 yards of white cotton fabric. The challenge for this week was to use it to make anything we want. We were given total creative freedom to customize this plain white fabric and make it truly our own.

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To start, for me that meant it had to be more colorful. I think I might own one white piece of clothing… maybe? So I choose to dye the fabric. I could’ve dyed the fabric a solid color but I have been seeing Shibori dyed fabrics all over the place so I knew this would be the perfect project to give it a shot. If you remember I have done tye die before, here and here.

Then I had to pick a complementary pattern for something basically tie-dyed. If you’ve been here a while, you’ll know that I love a good peplum. Check out my most recent peplum here and another favorite here.

A problem I have found with sewing my own clothes is that a cotton shirt usually requires buttons or a zipper; ya know to get on and off. So when I saw this new pattern by Simplicity I knew I wanted it because it’s loose fitting style doesn’t require either of those.

Sewing the shirt came together really fast and included a DIY bias tape neckline, which is one of my new favorite things to do. I picked up this fun biased tape maker that made it so fast to make the tape.

It turned out so fun and the perfect (tushy covering) length for leggings this Fall. The dye job is really easy to do and added a dash of color to this challenge.

This challenge means there will be a new project every week for the whole month of September, so help a friend out and make sure to vote for me!

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