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May 23, 2011

THE IDEAL SUMMER DRESS 2011 CHALLENGE..... (UPDATE)

UPDATE:
  • 2 PEOPLE ARE ALREADY IN (3 COUNTING ME),
  • THERE'S 1 INVITE FROM LAST NIGHT WAITING TO BE ANSWERED, 
  • I JUST SENT OUT 10 MORE INVITES.
AND THE EXCITEMENT INTENSIFIES! ONLY 7 MORE DAYS UNTIL SUMMER "D" DAY!!! COME JOIN IN ON THE FUN!!!






...What's the weather like where you live?  Our current 90 (100 degrees today) degree temperatures make me want to whip up some really cute summer dresses.  What about you???


    WHAT CONSTITUTES "YOUR" IDEAL SUMMER DRESS???
    • Is it frilly and frou-frou,
    • Cotton or georgette,
    • Long or short,
    • Sleeved or sleeveless,
    • Halter or not,
    • Woven or knit,
    • Fitted or full,
    • Casual or dressy,
    • Party or picnic?
    I am so interested in knowing!, and would be delighted if you would join me in my quest to fashion my ideal summer dressSo are you ready for a challenge?  Come on!  The more the merrier!
    THE IDEAL SUMMER DRESS 2011 CHALLENGE
    (badge picture compliments of Leko-mail.net)
    CRITERIA FOR CHALLENGE:
    1. Begins:  June 1st (that's next Wednesday)  Ends:  June 15th
    2. SHOW YOUR PATTERN AND FABRIC CHOICES
    3. Write a short review describing "YOUR IDEA OF A GREAT SUMMER DRESS". (fabric, design, etc.)
    4. Post as often as you can during construction, sharing tips and technique used.
    5. Finally, post a picture wearing your finished product.
    To take part in the Challenge, please do the following:
    • FIRST, leave a comment with your email address here letting me know you are interested.
    • SECONDLY, you MUST LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENT.
    • THIRDLY, be on the lookout for your "Ideal Summer Dress  2011 Challenge" email invitation.
    • FOURTH, respond to the email invitation & then you are in.
    It's a win, win sewing challenge.  Sew, let me hear from you...

      45 comments:

      1. Oh, what a challenge! I do love me a great summer dress! I'll be making several this summer I hope, because the weather for me, just a teeny bit north of you, is pretty darn hot already.

        Unfortunately, I'll be out of town the majority of this challenge time, so I'll just have to watch from the sidelines. :(

        Have fun! Can't wait to see what everyone makes!

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      2. Well now Ms. Faye...this is a very, very nice challenge indeed! Unfortunately, I won't be able to participate this time but will definitely be watching all the beautiful creations!!

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      3. Ooooh, Faye I am so in! This will be my first ever challenge so let's see how I do! Here is my email address sewmytime@yahoo.com Thanks for this wonderful challenge!

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      4. I'm in!!!!

        matildasydney@yahoo.com

        Thanks for the hosting this event Faye.

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      5. I'm going to try this again.

        jwo421@yahoo.com

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      6. I would love to join this challenge! I want to try a frankendress (a combo is a couple patterns) and it will require i do some sewing techniques that i haven't done before so I'm a little nervous! minniemoocher@gmail.com

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      7. You know you can count me in! I love dresses! My email is kjej2004@yahoo.com

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      8. I keep saying I am going to make a dress, so this is right on time to "make" me do it. lol

        email: marlita2000@gmail.com

        I can't wait to see what everyone will be making.

        Thanks for hosting the challenge.

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      9. Caitlin5/24/2011

        I hope I can participate! vencap@hotmail.com Can't wait to see what everyone else does!

        Caitlin

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      10. Cotton with a built in bra, sleeveless but must have straps to hold it up, not see through but flowey once it gets past my boobs, preferably white, but yellow or pink would do. And ruffles wouldn't hurt

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      12. I'm in. I'll on on vacation and the challenge fits in with my summer sewing plan. I'm finally working on the top challenge. Better late than never. :):) My email is samtowanda@msn.com.

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      13. I will enjoy watching the summer dresses come together, but I will just be a observer on this challenge. I think it's awesome you are putting this together though! I still have my RTW Jacket to finish.

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      14. Hi Faye,
        Count me in. Here's my info: creativediva728[at]yahoo[dot]com

        Angela

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      15. Faye - I just started working on a muslin for a summer dress in seersucker. If you think this qualifies (I probably wont start sewing the actual dress until next week), then I am in.

        Clio.Phineas@gmail.com

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      16. Count me in!!! sheila457[at]msndotcom

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      18. Count me in!!!
        divinedime@gmail.com

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      19. I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with! I just made my perfect summer dress! :) I'm not sure I'll have time to sew up another one during your contest. . . .

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      20. I am in. butterandsyrup at rocketmail.com

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      21. Let the fun begin, I just can't NOT be in on one of your challenges so count me in, mun3@yahoo.com

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      22. Faye, as much as I want to sew a dress you know it will not happen. My two tops are still in pieces sitting on my sewing table but can I follow along anyway? hortonpsyd@aol.com

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      23. Count me in! nujoi1908@gmail.com

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      24. Well, I've never done a challenge, but was planning on a summer dress anyways, so I'll take it :)

        sophia.sews@gmail.com

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      25. OOh, I would love so much to join in, if it wasn't just about winter here now!! The problems of being in the opposite hemisphere...
        but I will think about it anyway, if I may.

        Thank you so much for your lovely remark about my dress!

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      26. Hi Faye!
        I'd love to play too! Personally, I prefer a short (knee length) summer dress, usually casual and in non-wrinkle prone fabric like a knit or a crinkled cotton.

        I never posted my Bottoms Up Challenge pieces (sorry! now seems way too late to do so), but I hope that won't disqualify me from participating in the Summer Dress challenge :D!

        ginny@tidepool.com

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      27. Ok Faye, I am totally in....lol. Hope this will help jumpstart my mojo.
        my email...asewfit@yahoo.ca.
        Thanks for hosting

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      28. Sign me up! shyster8(at)gmail I have an engagement on 18 Jun and I've got a dress/outfit all planned out.

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      29. I have a dress and fabric. This might just be the motivation I need! Sign me up.
        laura.hojnacke@gmail.com

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      30. I'm just getting back into sewing but I will take the challenge. My email address is charlenepayne001@hotmail.com.

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      31. Faye, I don't know if I'll join but I will sure be watching. I'm still getting fitting issues resolved. I can't say what is my favorite summer dress. I haven't worn dresses in a minute but I have plenty of dress patterns

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      32. Hi,
        first time on your blog or me :) I'd like to join in this challenge, which will be a first for me too. I like to sew, but with for little kids (age 10 months to 8 years) that homeschool, I don't get as much time to sew as I'd like. But I recently bought a new sewing machine and I'm dying to give it a try. Only problem now is choosing just one pattern and fabric in my stash LOL
        my e-mail is: ninaske@scarlet.be

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      33. You can count me in as well. yarngirl67@yahoo.com

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      34. I'd love to join
        rdmaxwell80@yahoo.com

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      35. Count me in. nettacansew@yahoo.com

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      36. Oh how fun! This is a perfect challenge as I was planning on making a summer dress soon, and the time frame is perfect; it ends just before my classes start (and my free time dwindles). I think the perfect dress is light (in both color and fabric) and swooshy and flowy. I'd love to participate! This will be a great come-back for my dormant blog, too...

        email: kara.ohlinger@gmail.com

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      37. Faye, I tried to accept the invitation but it didn't work for me. Please resend. Sorry, new to blogging world. Thanks.

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      38. Oh Faye, I'm loving this challenge. I've been following your blog (when the job allows) Since Marjie made all those great tops.

        I have a summer dress pattern on the cutting table but I'm prograstinating working on it. This might be just the punch I need. I would love to play along. :) g

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      39. I would love to join in sharon.pemberton@knology.net

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      41. I'd like to join in this challenge. j.hamb@sbcglobal.net

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      42. I'm going to give this a try. I don't know how much i'll get accomplished becuase i'm moving, but a girl can always use a new dress.

        tcmally@earthlink.net

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      43. oops ! I am pretty late but can I join in please please please...

        leena
        sonaleeleena@yahoo.co.in

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      44. This is exciting! I hope I am not too late participating in the challenge.

        naanpocen@gmail.com

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      45. Hello Faye,
        Can I ask you to delete my comment?
        I'm starting to get spam mail, I'll see you on the dress blog.
        Thank you!

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