I was approached last month to participate in this challenge. I’m a little out of my element with it, buuuuuuut I’ve decided to make it my own.
First, a little about this challenge.
You can read the details over at Joy Studio. The challenge is to create whatever you want, using whatever materials you want, but to use the corset pattern. You have to email Janet that you will be participating and then she emails the pattern over to you. The prizes are pretty cool (I’m after that mug and calendar in particular).
I wasn’t overly excited about this challenge at first. It was just another box to check off for my month of August. However, the other day when the pattern was emailed to me and I printed it out and taped it together and then sat and stared at it for a bit, things began to change. Plus, all the inspiration brewing on IG here.
After that, I began thinking of all the materials I am constantly buying without any purpose. Materials that I don’t use on a regular basis. Materials I bought for the sole purpose of needing for something spontaneous. The excitement began to escalate.
My first thought on fabric was this musical notes fabric I have had in my stash forever and ever. Not sure how I ended up with it, but I’ve noticed it while digging a time or two. While looking for that fabric, I came across the others in the photo above. Two of the floral fabrics are old dresses that I thought were too pretty to toss so ended up in my stash. The third floral is by Frances Newcombe. It’s from her Cherie fabric line. Here is the floral (one of my most favorite fabrics in all the world).
I have bins full of laces and pretty feminine lovelies. Some of them given to me by a great aunt and some of them I bought from this shop. All the buttons came from my button box, collected from all the memory quilts I’ve made over the years. I always pull off the cool buttons and keep them instead of tossing them. My pearl button on the picture is similar to this one. I’ll keep anything that has a pearl on it by the way, they are my favorite!
I wasn’t sure if I would use all of these materials, but I just pulled them and sat them together for inspiration. This method usually works well for me. Letting something sit and stew for at least a day will bring more ideas. And it did!
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