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 responses to “Stashbusting times three!

  1. Oh Dottie that cambie is stunning. Nice job. I’m in a similar mindset these days. Stop buying!!! g

  2. Good job with the stash-busting, everything turned out great. I really like the skirt, I think I need to try that pattern one of these days!

  3. Brilliant stashbusting. Your Cambie is lovely 🙂

  4. You’ve been busy but productive. I really like your Cambie!

  5. All lovely – I’m now tempted by the Tofino pants!

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Great work on finding lovely and TNT patterns to bust some stash!! Your Cambie is really cute.

  9. 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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