Friday, November 23, 2012

Stash Subtraction!

Last time we spoke, I was holding off on buying any more fabric until I could stitch up some of what I already own! I've been a good girl and done just that!
2 skirts and a dress... Voila!


Ironically enough, all 5 of these fabrics came from Haberman Fabrics, here in Michigan. All purchased at different times, all different fibers, and all different weaves...


This first skirt was the fabric purchased most recently. It just says "Autumn" to me, with the colors, the texture, and the warmth of wool... It has some stretch to it, so it's comfy to boot. I don't know if they have any left, but I did happen to find the same exact fabric (along with 2 other color ways) on the Mood website, here.
I bought 3/4 yard and used my standard 2 piece (front and back) skirt pattern. When I wore it to work this week, I received a few compliments, along with a few requests to "pet the fabric". Too funny...

With so many colors, I have lots of options for tops, so with black tights and boots... I am all set!


The second skirt is a brocade that was marked "J Crew". The story I was offered was that J Crew purchases many many many fabrics to plan their production and line, then has the selected fabrics remade in China. Then all the fabrics (selected and rejected) are resold, which is how Haberman's got this one. I just loved the blues and purple combo, along with the gradation between them and the black! The way I figure it, it can be dressed up with a silky blouse or dressed down with a white button-down or cardi. I also bought these two fabrics to make tops for both skirts. The blue is a cotton blend (soft like silk) and the purple is more lustrous. I'm thinking of Butterick 5815 for the purple...





The dress was a quickie I pulled off yesterday and today. New pattern (Butterick 5794), old fabric (jersey from a year or two ago).
I made view C, but used the hemline from view B.


What fueled this pick to sew? Simplicity. One color, no lining, and easy peaty to make. Want to hear something funny, though? i messed up the first seam and had to sew it THREE times! Then, the serger started acting up and breaking a thread repeatedly, so I was convinced early on that this dress was cursed. But, I love the color, which is more of a cranberry than a bright red, so BONUS... It works for the holiday season, too! R's is definitely a pattern that I highly recommend and will make again. Just one word of warning... When you attach the "cowl" to the neck line, it's to the wrong side of the bodice. The pattern doesn't illustrate this step very well (IMHO), so I had it all pinned when I figured out that I did it wrong.
Here's the back of the bodice. A little gather for interest...


What's next? I have a hair appointment tomorrow, so I need to stitch something up for my friend who does my hair. We trade services! I sew her up something cute, and she keeps me looking gorgeous! Sometimes she gives me the fabric, sometimes I use from my stash... But, so far we BOTH think we are getting the better end of the deal! I grabbed this pattern just today, and it's got her name written all over it!


It's New Look "Workroom" 6051, and will make it more of a tunic, less of a dress. 2-3 more yards of stash gone? Yup!

7 comments:

Amanda S. said...

Cute stuff! I am wanting to make that same Butterick pattern, also in a red for Christmas. Good to know you like it so much. I don't want to make a muslin, but do want to use a silk jersey.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I love both skirts and the fabric you chose for them. It seems to me that they both are great wardrobe enhancers!

Bunny said...

Gorgeous fabrics and the skirts are great.

The is one hot little Christmas dress!

Linda said...

I really like all three garments! That dress is going to look great not only for regular wear but for holiday as well.

Gail said...

Very nice skirts and I love the red dress. Your fabrics for the matching tops are perfect.

gwensews said...

All terrific garments. You've done a lot. Love the red dress.

alethia said...

I love the skirts, great addition to your wardrobe