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AUSTINA BOSCO WINS A COPY OF MARY’S NEW BOOK! (Austina – please email me your mailing address so the publisher can get your copy out to you!)
Thanks to everyone for your kind words and playing along!
With just 4 patterns included in the book, you can sew 23 little girl boutique garments! How clever!
I may have missed Quilt Market…BUT then last week, two packages arrived from Mary. The first, some Bangerang Cupcakes in a Jar! YUMMY!
But even better, an autographed copy of the book from Mary! I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven!
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I see Mary has mentioned ME, “Acknowledgements: The amazing Lisa Carroccio (aka The Diva) was with me every step of the way. Her guidance, input, and advice were invaluable, and I am blessed to have her as a mentor and a friend.” Awww! Love You, Mary!
I immediately knew exactly what I was going to sew first—a hot pink Silk Shantung party dress! Seems she knew I would make the party dress, too…LOL! Mary primarily works in 100% cotton fabrics, but I was up for a challenge. Anyway, nothing screams “party” like Silk Shantung and tests the accuracy of a pattern. Silk is not so forgiving.
I used the pattern for the Perfect Party Dress. However, instead of cutting just 23 inches for each skirt panel, I pushed the limit and cut 53 inches for each. Yeah, I’m a rebel. That gave me a skirt circumference a whopping 106 inches!!!
I made some citron green silk spider web roses (tutorial HERE), attached them to a matching sash (which ties in a big honkin’ bow at the back) and added sparkly rhinestone button centers.
The sash was easy to make. I measured the width of the entire bodice, added the length of the skirt and then doubled that measurement. I took that measurement and cut a 3 inch wide strip of silk. I interfaced the center of the sash to give it strength to hold the roses. Then topstitched the entire sash and added the roses and rhinestone buttons.
The dress went together so easily. I think it took me under 2 hours! What a simple pattern. The instructions were a breeze to follow!
Whether you use silk, cotton or a flat bed sheet like I did for another dress I made, you are only limited by your own imagination and creativity!
Ok…you’ve been patient letting me ramble and gush over Mary and her new book. Now for the good news—C & T Publishing/Stash Books is giving away a FREE COPY of Mary’s book EVERYDAY until December 15th!
To win a copy, just POST IN MY COMMENT SECTION BELOW. I’ll pick a lucky winner’s name on Thursday, December 9th!
And if you don’t win a copy on my blog, be sure to do a little blog hopping to enter to win a copy at the following blogs:
12/7 Susan http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com
12/8 Jessica http://juicy-bits.typepad.com
12/9 Penny http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com
12/10 Daria http://boutiquecafe.com
12/11 Rashida http://iheartlinen.com
12/12 Kristin http://sewmamasew.com/blog2
12/13 Jona http://jonag.typepad.com
12/14 Kim http://trueup.net
12/15 Bari http://barij.typepad.com
If you aren’t one of the lucky book winners or your just too impatient, you can BUY the book from Stash Publications/CT.