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Iowa State Fair Entries

It’s fair time again! For years I’ve been telling my mom that I wanted to enter stuff in the fair – stuff, anything, anything just to say that I did it; This year I finally did! The Iowa State Fair is probably the highlight of my summer. The food is delicious, the people are hilarious and you get to really celebrate Iowa with entertainment and displays. 

I entered 6 items in the Fabric and Threads division. They were due August 1, so I spent the last two weeks in July frantically sewing to get them done. I will plan a little earlier this year 🙂 My hope was to get a ribbon, any ribbon, just one – even if it was a participation ribbon. My mom crushed my dreams a few weeks ago when she reminded me that this wasn’t 4H anymore and they don’t give ribbons to everyone. She also said something about being adult and sucking it up, I may have ignored that last part. 

Drumroll please………… I got two ribbons!!! My plaid jumper one an Honorable Mention and and my Spring Ruffle Top won 3rd place for their categories! My mom mentioned that she recognized a lot of names on the entries – of people she used to be in the sewing guild with. She hasn’t been in the sewing guild in like… 15 years – so I was definitely competing with people who actually know how to sew. Probly not competing with a lot of people who just really started sewing 5 or 6 months ago.

 

Simplicity 2865

Simplicity 2856 - Entered in the Blouse category

Simplicity 3835, entered in the dress category - Great pattern once you can figure out the collar, love this and plan on making 10000 more.

 

Chop Top Frock - When I got home and edited this photo, I realized that the second place winner was one of my moms friends. Not happy about that, I told my mom to make sure and mention to Mabeth that its her fault I didnt get a ribbon in this category :-)

Chop Top Frock, entered in a new recycled clothing category - When I got home and edited this photo, I realized that the second place winner was one of my mom's friends. Not happy about that, I told my mom to make sure and mention to Mabeth that it's her fault I didn't get a ribbon in this category 🙂

 

Recycled Plastic Bag

Recycled Plastic Bag, entered in the Purse and Tote category

 

McCalls 8920 - This jumper pattern dates back to the mid 90s - Im thinking like 1996ish. I wanted to make a jumper to enter in the Jumper category at the Iowa State Fair, but didnt want to hassle with a zipper. Super simple, pull over the head jumper. And I must say, I totally rocked the matching plaids on the side seams.

McCalls 8920, Honorable Mention in the Jumper Category - This jumper pattern dates back to the mid '90s - I'm thinking like 1996ish. I wanted to make a jumper to enter in the Jumper category at the Iowa State Fair, but didn't want to hassle with a zipper. Super simple, pull over the head jumper. And I must say, I totally rocked the matching plaids on the side seams.

 

Spring Ruffle Top, Third Place in the Woven Shirt Category - This is pretty much the exact same Spring Ruffle Top that I made previously, only I used the black and white starburst fabric instead.

Spring Ruffle Top, Third Place in the Woven Shirt Category - This is pretty much the exact same Spring Ruffle Top that I made previously, only I used the black and white starburst fabric instead.

And to celebrate my ribbon-winnings, my mom bought us cake 🙂

I forgot to mention that I took my friend Lindsay along to the Fabric and Threads preview before the fair. She loved it. She’s not a sewer, but she loves the fair and appreciates the hard work that went into all of the entries. I feel like I crush her spirit when I told her that most quilters do not hand quilt anymore. She was very disappointed to find out it’s all done by machine. She did find a couple of hand-quilted quilts and she felt a little better.  🙂 I think she should take up the lost art of hand-quilting.

If you’re going to the fair, make sure to visit the Fabric and Threads display on the top floor of the Varied Industries Building!!!

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Chop Top WRANGLER Frock

 

The Gem was upset with me for not sewing for like 4 weeks, and had to spend most of Monday in time-out. Yes. My sewing machine sat in time out. 

I was planning on making this black dress out of a very thick knit, a ponte, apparently. I get all the pieces cut out; the pattern says it’s only going to take an hour. I get a 4 in strip ready to test, you know, make sure the machine is going to work, to decide how big my stitches should be… it won’t catch. The spool and bobbin thread wouldn’t play together and the needle would go through, but neither thread would stay. WTF?

Mom insisted I use her big bad machine, and it worked fine. Here’s the final product:

 

Im really happy with the final product! This dress can go casual or dressy, perfect for the office or dinner. But next time, Im using a thinner knit.

I'm really happy with the final product! This dress can go casual or dressy, perfect for the office or dinner. But next time, I'm using a thinner knit.

 

As mentioned in a previous post, the bf went garage saling and came back with some fantastic mid-90’s Wrangler shirts for me to re-sew. I’m still completely obsessed with my Chop Top Frock shirt, and I decided to make another! 

 

The final product! Mom and I think that it doesnt look like a western shirt anymore, but has a Hawaiian feel now. I love this!

The final product! Mom and I think that it doesn't look like a western shirt anymore, but has a Hawaiian feel now. I love this!

 

When I was all done, I noticed a hole in the top of the pocket. WTF? I was like Mom! They effed up the pocket! Look! Theres a hole! That sucks! To which she informs me that the hole is supposed to be there and its to hold a pen. What? I looked closer and saw that the stitching around the hole was all double stitched. Ill never wear this shirt without a pen in the pocket.

When I was all done, I noticed a hole in the top of the pocket. WTF? I was like "Mom! They effed up the pocket! Look! There's a hole! That sucks!" To which she informs me that the hole is supposed to be there and it's to hold a pen. What? I looked closer and saw that the stitching around the hole was all double stitched. I'll never wear this shirt without a pen in the pocket.