Hello friends and welcome back to another Sew Cool blog, this time I will be talking to you about this years FCCLA state competition and my project.
For the past two years I have competed in the FCCLA State Leadership Conference and this year I competed in Fashion Design… again!
I explored other STAR events to compete in but my heart just kept returning to fashion design so I went for it again in hopes to bring home another gold medal.
This year I made my very own prom dress and honestly I can’t believe I did it and I am not 100% sure I realized how hard it was going to be!
I had to decide what style of dress I wanted, what colors I would like to incorporate and most importantly figure out what type of fabric I was going to use.
I first made my mood board which is where you compile things that inspire you for your look or collection. I included some of my favorite designer, Zac Posen’s work, a picture of the floating lanterns from Tangled and I even included some school spirit week pictures in there.
From my moodboard I knew I wanted my dress to be blue and wanted it to be something that was flowy and something to give the illusion I had a full skirt on the bottom. I looked at local stores like Hobby Lobby and Foam and Fabric but I could not find anything I was truly in love with so I began to search online.
I was able to find this online store called Buy the Piece that sells all types of fabrics. I found a light blue, sheer, polyester fabric so I bought eight yards of it which was way more than I need. I then was unable to find a lightweight fabric to go underneath my dress so I decided to go look at Hobby Lobby. I found a navy polyester lining and I bought six yards of it, again way too much.
I began to cut out my fabric pieces and shortly after began to sew them together. For the light blue fabric I used a french seam to ensure there was no raw edge shown. For the navy fabric I used a basic seam to put the lining together. In the end I used a basic seam to put together the lining and the sheer overlay. I also made a hand beaded belt to make my waist to appear smaller.
For the belt I used a navy polyester fabric with a satin finish and I hand beaded it. I used jewels that Ms.Seager had laying around her classroom and was able to make a cool design.
After completing my dress I put together my portfolio which contained 46 pages including my sketches, fabric samples, my future career path, goals and more. Then with the help of Ms.Seager, I wrote my speech that was about 4 pages long and was filled with puns and my whole process.
I competed against 4 other people at state and I can honestly tell you I was terrified from start to finish. I was the last of the students from Roberson to compete, but as soon as we were all done we took a trip to the mall where we went bowling. We all traded in our business wear for some bowling shoes and it is safe to say, I should stick to sewing.
When the award ceremony began I was more nervous than a cat in a room full of rocking chairs. We were all very lucky to come home with gold medals meaning we all scored a 90 or above on our projects and seven out of nine of us got a trip to nationals.
Unfortunately I did not qualify for nationals, however I did receive fourth in my category and was awarded with a gold medal! State was an unforgettable experience and I am so glad it got to do it with my girls and Hunter by my side! Can’t wait to do it all again when we go to Atlanta this summer!!
Well as I sign off of my last blog of the year I hope everyone has a great summer and I will write to yall next school year, sew you later!!
P.S. I got accepted into the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California to follow my passion and study fashion design!