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  • Project Selvedge Design Competition Challenge #6

    The Challenge:

    This challenge kicks off and celebrates Missoula's First Annual Fashion Week. Each of our 3 remaining designers were asked to design a garment for a local boutique assigned to them by the judges. The designers were challenged to think about this garment as part of their own private line as well as a reflection of the aesthetic of the boutique and their customers. The participating boutiques were Greenlight, One Eleven, and Cloth and Crown.
    The Budget: Each designer will be limited to $35 at Selvedge Studio
    The judges: Aimee, Matty Hancock (our guest judge), Carly, and Mary
    Joanna, with her model sporting a garment from "The Runnaway" line for Cloth and Crown, is this week's winner!
    Jazmine poses with this week's model for and owner of Greenlight
    Erin with this week's model for and owner of One Eleven
    Designer Joanna, model, and Jenna from Cloth and Crown talk about the garment.
    Jazmine's design and model work the runway.
    Erin's model shows off the versatility of her garment.
    Designer Joanna and boutique owner Jenna celebrate the win!
    This was the last challenge before the finale (on May 2) and as such only 2 designers were picked to continue on: Joanna and Jazmine. Thanks to Erin for her participation in and contribution to Project Selvedge and Missoula fashion!
  • Project Selvedge Design Competition Challenge #5

    The Challenge:

    This week the designers were challenged to design an adult ensemble (fashionable) based on their favorite children's literature character. Catherine, the Project Selvedge 2012 winner not only inspired this week's challenge with her blog: but she helped to judge and sponsor the show as well!

    The budget for this week's challenge was limited to $35 and $45 for the winner of the LED challenge, Joanna.


    The Designers and Their Models


    The winner, Jazmine, and her model inspired by Prince Lir from the book The Last Unicorn


    Joanna with her model inspired by Mark Twain's characters Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.


    Christine and her model inspired by the book The Stinky Cheese Man


    Erin with her model from the book Verdi by Janell Cannon


    And since there have been three shows where no designers were eliminated...tonight the judges made the decision to cut Christine, and her stinky cheese dress. Thank you for participating Christine!

  • Baby Ellis' Swaddle (no-sew project)



    100% organic fabric from Birch (get it here)


    Cut your fabric into a square (or have your neighborhood fabric store do it for you - 1 1/4 yards). Beautiful thing about knits is that they won't unravel so you don't have to hem it. If you want to bind it better pick a knit bias tape so it will still stretch)


    I didn't feel like (have time for?!) binding, but I did use our fancy-dancy scallop pinking shears.


    Choose your style (


  • Pattern Review: McCall's 6848 Miss' Loungewear Shorts


    Thinking about making McCall's 6848 pattern of miss' loungewear and want to know about our experience with it? Read on!

    Miss Gwen here, seamstress and class teacher at Selvedge Studio.


    Pattern Description: Miss' lounge wear suitable for soft, luxurious fabrics.

    Pattern Sizing: Made in a medium--my own measurements are in between M & L, but I didn't want the shorts to be too baggy, so I went with the smaller size.

    Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, besides modifications made.

    Were the instructions easy to follow? Super basic shorts pattern, so I didn't even look at the directions during the process. Reviewing the directions afterwards shows them to be easily followed.

    What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I chose this pattern because of the curved (dolphin) hem on the legs. This project was inspired by a pair of lounge shorts from Free People with ruffles and ribbon bow, and we wanted to make a Selvedge version of them.

    Fabric Used: 18% silk/82% rayon velvet for shorts, 100% silk ribbon for bow.

    Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Instead of using the ruffle included in the pattern, I chose to make a ruffled lace trim (using a ruffler foot on our ELNA machine) and sew it onto the hem of the shorts and continue up the side seams. Double casing for elastic waist band using 3/4" elastic, rather than a single casing. I tacked down a ribbon bow onto the center front waistband.

    Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would, as this pattern will be used for a class at Selvedge Studio in February! Silk velvet is not easy to cut/sew with, but the pattern itself does not add other complications into the mix. I would definitely recommend the pattern to someone wanting lounge wear with a basic design and easy details.

    Conclusion: Easy pattern, good directions, and successful project. Material choices will change the level of sewing difficulty. I'm curious to make the romper as well, I think it would be adorable!


    lounge shorts from Free People  

    Inspiration: lounge shorts from Free People



    Front and Back View



    Happy Holidays!


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