"Espionage" Mystery Challenge

Monday, August 25, 2014

I was asked to be a part of this fun Mystery Challenge held by Amy and Tasha of Friends Stitched Together, where ladies gave each other a "Mystery" theme and had to sew an outfit contingent on what they were assigned. The theme I was given was "Espionage", aka: spy. At first, I was stumped. That word is soooo vast, and I was having a hard time deciding on what I wanted to make for M. It had to be tasteful; some things associated with espionage are pretty out there you  know? Lara Croft came to mind, as did Lana from Archer. Since I am sewing my stash, I was just a tad limited on what I could use. In the end, I went with the portrayal of the bond girl in "Goldfinger", the third Bond film back in 1964. I think you guys will enjoy it!

Let me start by saying Madison had a blast doing this shoot! Again, I struggled picking props due to the fact that I did not see using guns as an appropriate thing for a 5yr old, but to each is own right? Instead, we decided on the "12 & 12" which for us is more suiting :) In this set, Madison is reading a book, but in reality she is checking out the enemy, watching their every move from a distance. 

The pattern we used was the oh so darling Charlie, the first pattern released by Mingo & Grace. I love the dropped waist and flounce skirt. Plus it's sleeveless which means it is perfect for living in Florida. We sewed up a size 4, and the fit was spot on. The dress is meant to be a little airy and not so fitted through the waist. I think it adds to the vintage feel I was trying to achieve. Charlie was available in the July patterns over on The Sewing Rabbit pattern members site. In usual Ashley fashion, I did not get a chance to sew it up until after the month of July. Oh well!!!

The fabric was some sort of woven. I think it might have been an upholstery kind of sorts, only because my Omi gave me the rest of it after she had sewn herself some drapes a couple years ago. I loooooove it though. The gold is perfect on Madison's skin tone, and it was suiting for my "Goldfinger" theme. 

In the scene with the sunglasses Madison is out and about on the town doing some window shopping. She spots her enemy dining on brunch and decides to peruse past with a wandering eye, taking note on what they are talking about. (Madison loved acting this out, she is such a funny gal! She wanted me to make sure you guys knew what she was doing.) 

I hope you guys enjoyed my take on this "Espionage" challenge. Madison and I thoroughly enjoyed playing the part today. There are some super talented ladies in the line up, so please go take a look on what they created!!!

Mystery Challenge
Friends Stitched Together - History of Flight - 8/17
Felt with Love Designs - Under the Sea - 8/18
Knot Sew Normal - Fruit - 8/19
Friends Stitched Together - My Little Pony - 8/20
The Berry Bunch - Cover Up - 8/21
Pensebrox - Titanic - 8/22
Tangible Pursuits - London Dapper - 8/23
Rebel and Malice - Disco - 8/24
Sewing Sober - Espionage - 8/25
Sugaridoo - Musical Instruments - 8/26
Lulu and Celeste - Morpho Butterfly/Rainforest - 8/27
Paisley Roots - Classic Summer Movies - 8/28
Create 3.5 - Morocco - 8/29
Mae&K - Solar System - 8/30
The Sewing Sparrow - Safari - 8/31

Alley Cat Romper Blog Tour

Friday, August 22, 2014

I am sooooo excited to be sharing this gorgeous little number with you today! Let me start by saying if you haven't heard of Lil Luxe Collection (affiliate link) by Jessica Bustos, then you might want to take a glimpse at this up and coming pattern designer. Her style is modern and practical, yet super trendy too. When I saw the Alley Cat Romper, I wanted in and knew I just had to test. Needless to say I was quite please when I was asked to join in on the fun!!!

I fell in love with this romper when I saw the back. Isn't it perfect? The shoulder blades peek out just enough. I seriously can't take the cuteness!!! Jessica's instructions on how to construct the bodice were pretty amazing. I had never done this technique before, but she guides you through it with ease. There is also a pretty awesome pictorial to go with it too. (I am a sucker for pictorials lol)

Lets talk fabric for a second shall we? I am in LOVE with this knit from Girl Charlee. It is a cotton jersey rayon blend knit, in a beautiful floral with hints of cream, mint and pink. They have they same style fabric here, but with more red hues. The knits I have purchased have been spot on, so way to go GC! I don't know about you, but I feel like Madison should be the cat lady... hoarding like 50 cats in her condo :) I just love the look of this romper. Pair it with some vintage-ish floral and you'll have cat lady status for days!

The Alley Cat Romper is equipped with a sloped bodice, a gathered waist, and a dropped crotch which adds to that urban flair. You can also push the ankle cuffs up to give the romper a more cropped look. The size I sewed up for Madison was a 4T with no mods and  the fit was absolutely perfect. She did NOT want to take it off. If I'm not mistaken she even played in the rain with it on!

I highly advise that you guys head on over to Lil Luxe Collection (affiliate link) and see all of Jessica's beautiful designs. Until then, she and a few sponsors have a great giveaway of fabric and patterns, so enter the rafflecopter below :)
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