Saturday, August 30, 2014

Project Redesign Week Two

Yes, I know, Project Runway just had week six. What can I say? I am always torn between travel and creating. I usually take projects with me when I am on the road, but for some reason I get flack when I want to bring my sewing room with me.
So, here is the week two Project Runway winner:
If you want to find out more about the winner or see the other designs, check out You can also watch past episodes, see the designers portfolios and a lot of other things.

I am beginning to question my statement on only using what I already have in my stash. It is really making me think outside the box, which I guess is not a bad thing, but... When I am looking for materials to use in my redesigns I am going for an interpretation based on the design and the judges comments to help me determine the direction to go.
My choice for the redesign this week was a denim dress. I attempted to get the color out, but was unsuccessful so I ended up with a light blue denim. I removed the sleeves and added silk bias tape to the arm hole. I then attached pink polka dot lace to the front and back. I attached a couple of different novelty yarns over the lace and topped it with a black and white polka dot pleated ribbon. Yes, all from my stash. I have a small sewing room, but lots of "stuff".  I have been sewing and collecting for 50 plus years . When I rerrange things in my sewing room it is like being a kid on Christmas morning as I always find something I forgot I had.
After looking at the dress on the dress form, I decided to cut the lace and to make some slits in the bodice.
Here is what I ended up with:

What do you think?
I am off to get week three done.
Please don't forget to buy local and from small businesses and artists.
Ciao for now,

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Project Redesign

Ok, so I freely admit that I am addicted to Project Runway! It is probably the only program that I watched the first episode and have seen all the shows at least once up to now. I usually get bored or it changes so much that it longer interests me. Obviously, it has not happened with Project Runway.
A couple of years ago I decided to recreate the winning Project Runways designs. It fizzled out quickly. I found it was too big of a project for me at that time.
Last year (2/5/13) I decided to give it another try. I managed to get two outfits done and posted before I gave up.
I am now determined to do the entire season. Since a big part of Chic Chix and Champagne is redesigning our thrift store finds, I decided that I would use the winning design to inspire a redo of an item I already have in my stash. In the remote chance that I can't find anything, I will search my favorite charity shops.
If you have never seen Project Runway or want to check out their website, here is the link:
You can see past episodes, pics of past designs, the designer portfolios, etc.
So, here is the first episode winner and my design that was inspired by it. I would love to hear your thoughts.

I found this jacket that had a similar pattern as the winning design. I trimmed the edges and deconstructed part of the sleeves. I then washed it to fray the edges. I made a pink dye bath and dipped the top part of the jacket and bottom of the sleeves to simulate the ombre effect of the original. I added lace and a piece of deconstructed zipper to the sleeve openings.
This was a fun first Project Redesign so I am off to get episode two done.
Ciao for now,

Friday, August 8, 2014

What's Happening?

It has been over a week since I finished up my prayer flag challenge. I am pleased with the work I have gotten done, but am always looking to make things better/
Tomorrow (Saturday, August 9) is the 2nd Saturday Art Walk. I am looking forward to feedback on my slip dresses. Below are some of the dresses.
I love shrugs. I think they are an easy and stylish cover up. I also think they look good on any figure type.
Who doesn't love a denim jacket? I have been collecting them for a while. I will have some new redesigns on Saturday
I love Project Runway so I have decided to resurrect "Project My Way".  I will use the winning design for each week as inspiration to redesign a garment. Since I have an overabundance of materials, I am hoping to use my stash to remake the designs. If I have to make any purchases, I will be using upcycled materials. This will certainly test my creativity.
Ciao for now,