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Phinney resident challenges you to create a coat out of fabric scraps

Dikka Ballantine created SewUpSeattle to promote recycling of fabric, especially those little ones that you just don’t know what to do with. Sew Up Seattle’s motto is “No scrap is too small!”
The group’s latest effort is the The Great scrapCoat Challenge of 2010. Pick up a packet of fabric scraps anytime after June 25 and create a coat to show off at the Greenwood Seafair Parade on July 28. You don’t need to be an experienced sewer; anyone is invited to give it a whirl.

If you were around for the Flash Fashion Challenge last summer you know how much fun we had creating smashing garments out of scraps and remnants. If you weren’t around last summer, you really should come find out how much fun these challenges are.
This time we want to see Coats: long or short, collar or none, pockets (who doesn’t want a pocket?), fancy, plain, sleek, sweeping, glamorous or to wear out to the barn…it’s between you and your imagination, starting with a SewUpSeattle CoatKit.
The SewUpSeattle Ironing-it-out Board has been gathering, gleaning and setting aside donated fabric all winter and spring to make into kits to get you going on your coat. You’ll get a goodly amount of not-too-lightweight fabrics and other decorative elements and maybe a silly surprise or two. Feel free to add scraps and embellishments from your own stash, but please use the kit for most of your creation. We know that’s a challenge, but this IS a challenge!
Kits are free, and there is no fee to participate. We ask that you fill out a simple entry form so we have an idea what to expect on parade day. Meet under the SewUpSeattle banner at 5PM on July 28 at the parade starting point: North 95th and Greenwood Avenue North.

Pick up your packet of fabric scraps at Goods for the Planet, 525 Dexter Ave. N. in downtown Seattle.