March 19, 2012

Eva Dress Croquette Blouse, or, way too many sewing challenges

Eva Dress Croquette Blouse

Eva Dress, the company that reproduces vintage and antique sewing patterns hosted their contest again this year and I entered!


I sewed this 1920s blouse for Category 4 - vintage patterns as modern wear.

Eva Dress Croquette Blouse

Now, I don't expect to win. I realize I didn't choose the most challenging pattern but I really loved this pattern and how well it works for a modern style.

Eva Dress Croquette Blouse

I may not have used the most difficult pattern but I used a super difficult fabric - white stonewashed charmuese (which is also difficult to photograph).

 Eva Dress Croquette Blouse

The contest has four categories and so many of the projects are absolutely stunning! You can read more about the rules for voting on the Eva Dress blog and you can view all the entries here. If you want to vote for me I'll be very happy but, please, vote for who you think deserves to win, whether it's me or someone else.

Eva Dress Croquette Blouse
And on the topic of sewing challenges- this month has been full of them. Not all are contests like this but I'm doing a Sew Weekly challenge, Tilly's One Week, One Pattern challenge (I'm drafting my own top pattern), then there's Pattern Review's Swim Wear contest and Julia's Mad Men Challenge. All this before the end of March! And later this month through April five bloggers are hosting That's Sew Cinematic - a challenge to sew something inspired by the silver screen. Uh, can anyone say "striped dress from Breathless"!?! Yes, please!

I don't think I can do it all and I think Mad Men is going to have to take a back seat, unfortunately.

Ugh, it's a lot on my plate for one month. Are you doing any challenges this spring??

15 comments:

  1. I really like how your blouse turned out - vintage patterns as modern clothes would be the category I'd be most interested in.

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    1. Thank you :) Me, too, while I love the vintage look my personal style is much more modern.

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  2. what a cute (and modern-looking) blouse! and oh man, I hear you... I really wanted to do the swimwear contest too (I need a swimsuit badly and I've been loving the ones you've pinned!)... but if I finish just the Mad Men dress I'll be lucky. I'm skipping OWOP (the only patterns I've made multiple times were maternity) and the others.

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    1. Thanks! I'm not doing mad men mostly because I don't have supplies or a plan for it while I have all the fabric and threads, etc I need for swim suits and the OWOP tops I'm making.

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  3. Dixie you pull this off SO beautifully. I love the pairing with the minty coloured pants too - you look so cool and classic! Totally gorgeous.
    That is a LOT of things to do before the end of March.

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    1. Aww, thanks! I like the look of neutral tops with bright pants right now. I know! I'm telling myself to hold off on challenges for a little while after all this is done.

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  4. That blouse is beautiful. I hope you win; I will vote for you.

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  5. Wow, this fits the category you entered perfectly! I love the blouse, esp the seaming detail! Good luck!

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  6. The blouse is just beautiful, and yes, surprisingly very modern! I love stonewashed charmeuse, probably one of my favorite fabrics ever (it feels like whispers!!) but it IS a slippery little eel to sew - and cut! sheesh...

    I know what you mean about all the challenges. I'm really tempted to take part in them ALL but I just have to be realistic with myself and sit these ones out... March and April are going to be very busy for me so... sigh... I'll just live vicariously through all of you and do lots of internet stalking!

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    1. omg, that charmeuse feels like a soft rabbit, I know there's not fur on the fabric but something about running my palm down that fabric reminds me of cuddly animals.

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  7. Oh my, that is beautiful! I bought a stone washed silk charmeuse scarf to practice some silk painting on. I can only imagine how lovely an entire top made of it feels.

    I just gave you a sunshine award because I think your blog is fab. No worries if you are not interested in playing along. Just wanted to let you know.

    http://lizajanesews.blogspot.com/2012/03/sunshine.html

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  8. Congrats on using charmuese, so luxurious. Voting is hard since there are some really cute ones on there. I love how you took something vintage and paired it with something modern. I love both looks! You inspire me to get sewing again. Best of luck to you!

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  9. Love it, Dixie! You are sewing up a storm this month, aren't you? Is it possible for a crafter to have nothing to do? I don't think so!

    Rebekah

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  10. Wow, I love that blouse/tunic! The loose fit and luxurious fabric reminds me of this modern top made by SallieOh.

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