Fabric Mart Fabric Challenge

With the thought of the first long sewing retreat coming up, I thought it would be fun to do something different. A friend and I were chatting about a beautiful border print fabric and what someone else had made from it. We both said, Oh, I would have made ________ {fill in the blank} from that fabric. And an idea was born.

Let’s Have a Challenge!

As part of the ‘Coordinated Sew Camps” I take the attendees on a field trip to Fabric Mart Fabrics. So, I reached out to Fabric Mart with my idea of providing the same fabric to everyone attending the Sew Camp. We were able to work together to collaborate on a fabric challenge.

Picking a Fabric

The next step was to email all the attendees, with several fabric options. Each fabric offered was a border print. Several were knits, one was a chiffon and one was a sateen. I then asked for people to give me their top three fabric choices. Gathered all the information from the responses and we ended up with a beautiful Milly floral border print.

Milly Border Print from FabricMart for Carriage Corner Sewing Challenge

Next – I ordered the fabric and drove up to FabricMart ahead of time to pick it up. The fabric was prewashed and hung on the clothesline to dry.

Cutting It Up!

This part was a little scary. I had folded and rewrapped the 27 yards of fabric back onto the bolt. The night before everyone was due to arrive, Mr. Carriage Corner added a yard stick to the front on my cutting table and I measured off 3 yard pieces, folded it and had the fabric ready and waiting for the arrival of the campers.

With 3 yards of fabric in hand, everyone was to make a garment by the end of July – a little over 5 weeks after the end of sew camp. Watch for the next post to see some of the garments that were made. I’m really impressed and inspired by the creativity of this group.

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