CreateAthon 2016!

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A Fall Floral Top

Once a year, (the advertising agency I do cool digital things for) has a CreateAthon.

You probably don’t know what that is. It’s okay. I didn’t either until I started working for them. A CreateAthon is a 24-hour no-sleep pro-bono marketing blitz wherein we provide our services (and the services of a few other talented folks around town) to local nonprofits.

What started as a small project at Riggs has become .

When it came time to order shirts for our recent CreateAthon, I asked for a 3x.

“You’re going to do something cool with this, aren’t you?” asked my coworker.

Well…of course I was.

Beige Beige Beige.
Beige Beige Beige.

I’m one of those women who much prefer dresses to pants. I think they’re way comfier, and I feel bad that most men will never know how great they truly are (dresses, not the men).

The reason I went with a too-big-for-me shirt was to ensure I (hopefully) had enough length for a dress without having to piece bits together. I crossed my fingers and got to work.

First, I took the shirt and folded it in half.

Apologies for the super-beigyness of the table against the shirt. :/
Apologies for the super-beigyness of the table against the shirt. :/

Then, I took a jersey knit dress I liked the fit of and folded it in half on top of this shirt.

See?
See?

I cut carefully along the outline of the blue dress, which left me with this:

My dress is starting to take shape!
My dress is starting to take (beige) shape!

I pinned each side down…

Pin. Pin. Pin.
Pin. Pin. Pin.

…then stitched each side.

Whirrrrr!
Whirrrrr!

I tried my new dress on, and still had to do a bit of finicky altering around the shoulders of the dress, but after a few minor alterations, my frock was ready for 24 hours of digital marketing action!

Why hello there!
Why hello there!

My team was impressed with my handiwork. :)

Some of the coolest and most creative marketing minds in Columbia! :)
Some of the coolest and most creative marketing minds in Columbia! :)

There was much work to be done, as I was assigned two different nonprofits to figure out digital strategies for (as well as writing a bit of web copy).

Hard at work.
Hard at work.

Luckily, I still found time to make a Tshirt for our mascot, T-Riggs!

I keep an extra sewing machine at work. You never know when you'll need one. ;)
I keep an extra sewing machine at work. You never know when you’ll need one. ;)
Yes. I was one of few people who opted for the long sleeve beige shirt over the cuter blue short-sleever.
Yes. I was one of few people who opted for the long sleeve beige shirt over the cuter blue short-sleever.

This was a challenging challenge. I was thankful for my comfy & cozy dress, but working for 24 hours straight takes its toll.

Just writing web copy at 2:30am. Like ya do.
Just writing web copy at 2:30am. Like ya do.

By 10:00 the next day, our work was done, and I was ready for a four-hour nap. :)

All in a night’s work!

(If you’d like to see a few more CreateAthon pics, )

Cheers!

ba116

 

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37 thoughts on “CreateAthon 2016!

  1. I didn’t have time to read this, just needed to click and comment. GIRL, your face is so damn good in those *before* pics. Rock on with your bad self!!

  2. I always ask for extra larger sized shirts at my work too. Because most times the shirts they get are designed for men and I just want to room to be able to alter the sides and shoulders to better fit my womanly figure. Holy cow, though, I wouldn’t’ve thought of a dress! Awesome idea!!

  3. I love it! I would also wear it for the Thanksgiving holiday as a tunic over orange leggings and throw a big brown belt around it! As for your 24 hour stint; I work for a non profit and also work with several other non profits in our community and this is what I always tell people…..Work is something you do to feed your bank account; community service is something you do to feed your soul!

  4. I love your company’s give-back spirit. So inspirational! I have modified large tshirts as well but because I am tallish, I do a L/XL and usually add a band of eyelet or another cute stretchy knit at the bottom to make it at least an acceptable length for leggings or tights. Love how innovative you always are ❤️❤️

  5. that print is AH-MAZING!!! And hope you were having a great time at createAthon, I’m writing this from my conference in Tenerife ( sigh, hard life) where sadly the plastic name-tag is the only thiing that unites us poor conference-goers. I think I’ll have to push them into organizing shirts for the next one;)

  6. What if you you used the extra side parts you cut off to make a ruffle or a split panel on the bottom for an extra bit of length?

  7. I love that this blog is not your top priority, that might sound weird; but the fact is, your life is way too interesting to be stuck here. It’s fabulous to see little snippets of your creative life and the occasional refashion that goes along with it!!! I pop by every couple of months, like you are old friend, and you are totally part of my life! I get my new sewing space soon, a cabin in the back garden!! The kids are taking over the house, so I’m getting my own little creative sanctuary *bliss* :oD

  8. Just wondering what you are wearing for Christmas? Will you be grabbing something drab and refashioning it into something fabulous? Would love to see what you come up with.

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