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Face The Wicked Fabric Round

Face The Wicked Fabric Round

I LOVE Halloween. It's one of my favorite holidays (second to Christmas of course). I love seeing kids dress up as something they love, their imagination soaring high, and their smiles and laughter echoing the streets as they run from house to house searching for goodies. 
I have to admit, I've been kind of lame and haven't dressed up in many years. Each year my two boys ask me ”Mom?! What will you be for Halloween?” to which I smile politely and say ”A mom to the coolest boys ever!”. I know, it’s a lame excuse, but this year I promised to do better. The ”Face The Wicked” fabric round came into my life and it was the perfect opportunity to create a costume, while also allowing me to keep it casual and wear it in my normal attire too.

That brings me to my BIG news! I just completed my first ever Fabric Strike Off! Pinch me, am I dreaming?! 
Recently, I applied for a guest strike-off seamstress position with Happy Cactus Fabrics. There were so many talented and wonderful seamstresses who applied. A couple of days later, I received a private message from Danielle saying they would love for me to join their strike-off team. Y’all...I was screaming with excitement. I feel honored to be able to work side by side with such talented and hard-working ladies. 
My first strike off assignment was with the “Face The Wicked Round”. I applied for and received one Snow Panel W/ Apples, and one yard of the Apple Coordinate.
Both fabrics were cotton lycra (95% cotton 5% spandex).

Happy Cactus Fabrics sells custom fabric in a variety of bases including cotton lycra, bamboo lycra, cotton woven, cotton canvas, Minky, french terry, succulent, and swim. Their newest round includes popular Disney characters and villains. 

I decided on making a dress because I could use the panel for the bodice, and the yardage would be great as a coordinating skirt. I knew right away that the Dashing Dress Pattern by Ellie And Mac would be the perfect fit.

Ellie and Mac Patterns are drafted for a 5’4 wearer. This sewing pattern is available in women’s sizes XXS through 5XL. 
For this sewing pattern, you’ll need four-way knit fabric with 50% stretch and good recovery. I used Cotton Lycra.

For my version, I went with short sleeves, gathered skirt, and a rounded collar. I made mine in a size medium.

I chose to make adjustments to suit my own personal preference. 
Originally, I wanted to use the no-seam circle skirt bottom because I LOVE the flow of circle skirts, but I didn’t have enough fabric. So, I decided on the gathered knee-length skirt option instead. Both are included in this pattern. 
Instead of folding my fabric and cutting two skirt pieces, I chose to not cut my fabric on the fold, and instead cut two pieces in the apple coordinate and two pieces in black (four pieces total). In order to do this, I added a 1/2” side seam allowance to counteract the extra seams that I’d be sewing.
The great thing about the gathered skirt option in this pattern is that there are side seams, so I was able to construct some pockets into this design too! I used the South Shore Romper pattern for the pockets pattern and tutorial.

Because I have a larger bust, I chose to add 1” length onto the back and front bodice pieces to try and keep the middle seam closer to my hips, instead of right under my bust.  
I also cut my sleeves at the “lengthen/shorten” line located in this pattern. By cutting them at that line, I was able to have short sleeves with a little bit of length.

For my collar, I chose the rounded edges as opposed to doing the square version. I topstitched the collar using a straight stitch length of 4.5 and 1/4” away from the edges of the collar. 
I did use knit interfacing as the pattern suggests, and I'm so glad I did! It gave the collar a crisp look that laid flat and didn’t warp while worn.

Now until October 23rd, you can pre-order from Face The Wicked fabrics. You don’t want to miss out on this spooktacular fabric round.

Full disclosure: This project was sewn and created using a pattern from another designer. All opinions are 100% my own. You do not have permission to republish or distribute this blog post in any way. All content within Semi Sweet Crafter including patterns, images, graphs, designs, logos, written work, and all other information are copyrighted and you do not have permission to use. Instead, please share the link back to the original post. Thank You!

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