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Top Stitchers Season 3 Bacon Ice Cream OTT look

Lil Luxe Collection by Jessica Bustos

Bacon Ice Cream…say wha?! Kim and I were challenged to create a look that combined two completely unexpected sewing ingredients – meaning to put together distinct fashion influences, fabrics types, and/or sewing techniques that form an explosive feast for the eyes to enjoy…in other words, it ALSO had to be over the top (OTT).  Talk about a challenge!!  See what I made below and check out my competitors look and leave us your rating on the Top Stitchers website (AKA the Sewing Stadium).
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Top Stitchers Season 3 Interview with Kimmie Sew Crazy

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I am super excited to part of Top Stitchers this season!!

You know I love me a competition…although this season it’s more of a friendly face off with another seamstress but still the Over the top “Bacon Ice Cream” prompt has my head spinning and my creative juices on FIRE which is what I love about competing.  I never look at competitions on how to beat my opponents.  To me, it’s more like: how can I push myself to do something different? or what can I make that I haven’t made before?  I’ve already gone shopping for fabric and have a general idea of what I’m going to do but October 20th (the date our challenge garments are revealed) is still a long way away and I’m sure i’ll change my mind by then 😉

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Making it Fun! The great pattern hack challenge for Michael Miller Fabrics

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(update) WaHoo! We won first place!  I’m beyond excited!!  Congrats to Kari and Paola too!  Read more about the prizes and contestants here.

You know I love a challenge!!  I’ve had this idea for a while and Making it fun – The Great Pattern Hack Challenge for Michael Miller Fabrics was just the push I needed to get it done…although I almost missed it!  I thought I had until next week to complete the challenge but nope due tomorrow; story of my life :)  I had taken these pictures last week when my husband was on vacation and we decided to do a bike ride along our beautiful Lake Michigan and have a picnic on the beach.  Isn’t the Chicago skyline just magnificent?!  I just love Chicago!  Unfortunately we forgot our Nikon so I had to make due with my iPhone. Not bad for a camera phone but I wish I could have gotten better pictures with our Nikon on that beautiful day.
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(update) WOOHOO!! I was the Winner for Best Pocket!!!

The Ishi Dress…at first I was a little uninspired on how I wanted this dress to look. So I turned to my go to for inspiration – Pinterest!  I came across this image.  You can click on the image for the source…it leads to to a page with lots of foreign wording that i don’t understand :/
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Over the Top Challenge


(update) WOOHOO!! I was the First Place Winner!!!

When I saw Pattern Revolution’s Over the top Challenge, I couldn’t help myself but to want to participate even though I was in the middle of my Holiday blog tour and had already sewn two of every pattern I’ve designed this year.  I work well under pressure, so finished up all my sewing, drafted the rest of my blogs for the tour and got to thinking about what I would do for my Over the Top Look.
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