Stashbusting times three!

Some serious stashbusting here over the past couple of weeks.  I’ve been reading about minimalism.  Not the single orchid in a white room kind of minimalism (as if!) but trying to reduce the things I have to what I need and really want.  More about that another day, but I’m in a ‘use it or lose it’ frame of mind, so my stash has to reduce!

Sewaholic Cambie Sewaholic Cambie back

It’s good to stick to a tried and tested pattern when fast action is wanted, so first up is a Sewaholic Cambie in  Liberty City Poplin from Sewbox.  I shortened the bodice by 2cm and lengthened the skirt.  The first time I made this dress the bodice was too long, so the sleeves were too short and the shape was wrong.  I’m really happy with this one, and Mr D says it is his favourite thing I’ve made!  Hetty must like it too – there is a little furry face at the bottom of the second pic.

Another independent pattern, the Megan Nielsen Kelly skirt next, in a vintage fabric I’ve had for years, with vintage buttons, also from my stash.

Megan Nielsen Kelly skirt

I made a narrow waistband as I ran out of fabric, and lengthened it quite a lot!  The fabric is so drapey, it makes a lovely tulip shape.

And finally, another Sewaholic pattern, but this time a first for me – the Tofino pants.  I didn’t get my act together for Karen’s Pyjama Party, but I did use her excellent tips.

Sewaholic Tofino

I bought the fabric from John Lewis when I first started sewing (about 2 years ago), planning to make a dress.  But it needed a lining, I didn’t like the polyester lining which was the only option they had, and I got stuck.  It’s great for pyjamas, and the Tofino pattern is brilliant.  I can see many more versions of this – in fact, there’s that brushed cotton in my stash….

13 Comments

  1. What a successful stash bust! Love your Cambie dress especially, but all three are lovely. I think our choice of fabrics that you stash shows great taste, and it must feel lovely to bring them to life.

  2. I recently read all about how “stuff” can clutter up your life and cause stress.. so I too am in a minimalist mood and going through MY “stuff.” I like everything you made here- the dress is wonderful- those Cambie’s usually are… the fabric on your Kelly skirt is beautiful! Love vintage fabrics. And the PJ bottoms? They look so comfy and summery. Stashbusting looks good on you! ~Laurie

  3. Now that’s some serious stash busting, and some stunning garments! Your Cambie is lovely and that Kelly skirt looks fabulous, I love the shorter waistband.

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