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!
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.
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.
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….