I’ve been on a bit of a quest lately, trying to get the upper hand on all that fabric stashed in bins in the loft. Because so much of it is pieces and bits. Why have I been keeping it all?
My first move was to take a critical look in my closet, which is home to fewer garments than it housed in January – the result of my closet bust and donation gig. But what about those things I really like, mostly because of the fabric, but don’t wear?
I’ve taken my favorites and actually redrafted/resewn a lot of them. Whatever didn’t make the cut got tossed. For good.
When I say tossed – I donate anything that’s wearable. What doesn’t suit me might be a glad find for someone else.
Anyway – this morning I pulled out the bin that’s dedicated to knit ‘scraps’ and remnants. And I came across a whole dress! I made this for Jungle January 2016. But I guess I didn’t like it 🙂 I’ve made it twice in the past, 2012 and 2013, and liked both dresses. I donated the short version from 2012, because I just didn’t wear it, and I had no occasions in the offing. But the 2013 version is still in play.
Now – this one. I pulled it out – it was totally put together but had unfinished sleeves, hem, and waist casing. And an incredibly high neckline! I trimmed the latter, bound it with navy poly crepe, and attacked all the rest. And voila – a dress I really like. In fact, I’m wearing it as I write.
This is a nice pattern with lots of options:
On to my morning’s work…
This ITY knit jersey is from Fabric Mart, and I had 5 yards with which to work. Which was a good thing, because I didn’t want to end up with a very large lily splashed across the girls or my fantail. Large prints can be a real challenge! But I think I handled this one pretty well.
While messing around in that bin, I found loads of ITY remnants that would work together. So now I’m think about doing a version of Marcy Tilton’s Vogue 9108, which includes the top, dress, and leggings. I bought the pattern when it came out, it’s one of the few Marcy Tilton art-to-wear patterns that I really like. What fun piecing ops and such becoming lines.
However, even this one has some features that I’ll decline – like the back treatment. Looks great on the model, but I cannot even imagine how those straps would work for me in real life. I’ll try to capture the lovely lines of the back skirt, in a back bodice that’s comfortable and wearable.