(Yes, I’m copying fave sewing blogger and exclamation point abuser OonaBalloona from Kalkatroona, but I’ve decided that this post deserves some (what she calls) bratty behavior. And if you take a look at Ms. Balloona’s mind boggling make matching indescribable fabric featuring spray paint cans, you will yell SQUEEEE!!! too.)
I’m going to start with dessert first. I was wandering around my second visit to the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair today, and went into the exhibition hall to admire my 5–count ‘em 5–ribbons for this year’s sewing makes. Then I noticed that a new ribbon had appeared:
SQUEEE!!!! What was that big-fat Special Award ribbon doing there!!!!! (How’m I doing with the exclamation points, Oonaballoona?) I looked closer, and saw that the jacket was awarded the “most creative” entry in Needlecraft-Fiber Arts Division 112.
Hold it! That’s the division that includes…knitting?
(Check out those gorgeous sweaters! And the knit lace shawl above it! There are several different Special Awards in this division, and it looks like the garment-makers cleaned up.)
And doesn’t Division 112 also include…quilting?
Those Vineyard quilters are really something. For a small community, this fair is extremely competitive.
Well, I was pretty darned pleased with myself, until I saw this Chanel-style lined jacket and matching dress in the Junior Division:
The winner of that Special Award is 12. squee. (Okay, I’m jealous.)
And speaking of talented 12-year-olds, my art-makin’, cake-bakin’ boy picked up his fourth ribbon in as many years, for his killer caramels on the far left.
(That’s what makes life worth living.)
I also had fun sneaking a look at people checking out my jacket, while trying to resist the urge to shout “DO YOU REALIZE HOW MANY HOURS I SPENT CATCHSTITCHING THOSE FRICKIN’ SEAM ALLOWANCES?!?”
Like this macho-looking guy, with the “Fireworks Crew” shirt on. The Oak Bluffs Fireworks were last night, and it’s organized by the firefighters. This man spent about five minutes thoroughly checking out the construction of my jacket…proving once again that, when it comes to crafting, you can’t judge a book by its cover.
As for the other ribbons, aw, I thought you’d never ask…
Charles James came through for me with this 50s skirt “make” (click on “Charles James Skirt” under “Categories” for details). As well he should’ve, considering his persnickety ghost was floating around my ironing board making snarky comments the whole time I was making the thing. (You owe me dinner, Charles.)
And in addition to the Chanel jacket ribbons (click “Chanel Jacket #4″ under Categories), Coco must have been rooting for me in her own ennui-ish, chain-smoking way by bringing a blue ribbon for my Chanel 2.55 bag knock-off attempt (under “Make a Chanel Bag” in Categories). The judges gave me a shout-out for matching stripes. How often does that happen?
And my fashion girl-crush, Claire McCardell, was represented as well with a blue ribbon for the wool jersey shrug I whipped up from a Spadea pattern. The judges complemented me for the French seams and difficult fabric.
And my last ribbon was for the Frankenpattern crushed bateau-neck top I made with 50s vintage fabric (on the right).
I got second place because the interior of my hem was uneven, so the judges said. But what the heck do they know?
Did I show the inside of the hem on my blog? No, I did not. Nor will I.
I think my makes got some good luck as well from a quick meet-up, right before the fair, with reader and fellow garment-sewing enthusiast Deb Wilkinson, who was here from Minneapolis visiting relatives.
Deb was telling me about a group of her local sewing pals who get together to fit and stitch, which sounds like a whole lot more fun that a book club to me! Lately, they’ve been testing Style Arc Patterns, which have become a phenom for their cutting-edge style. It was fun to meet you, Deb!
And I need to send props to all of you readers as well. Your blog visits and comments really helped me through some difficult projects during a long, snowy winter. THANK YOU!!!!
And now, the dirge. Dame Oonaballoona, I know you grace the stage at those time when you’re not causing massive clashing fabric collisions that shouldn’t work, but somehow always do. Willst thou join moi in September Song?
“Oh it’s a long, long while, from May to December, buuuuuut…”
I don’t care because I won those freakin’ ribbons! SQUEEEEE!!