I have found it very easy to get caught up in the sewing world and the successes of other sewists. I see a pattern that went very well for someone, purchase the pattern, and it sits in an every collecting pile of patterns. Why? Well, maybe one reason is that style just isn’t for me. That is my latest discovery in this sewing journey.
Rather than sewing up everything I have in the queue, I decided to sew what I really want to wear. The only problem is I couldn’t find a pattern to match my idea. Soooo, I drafted it from scratch. I didn’t get hung up on whether I should (should is a terrible guilt-inducing word anyway…) start with Dolly Dressform or on the drafting table. With little thought, I just went for it where I was most familiar – on the drafting table.
I used my sloper and made the changes I thought would work and viola! This red linen tunic was from scraps! The red linen is from fabric-store.com and is Cardinal. So it really is kind of a working muslin in the very best of ways. When I realized I didn’t have enough fabric to do the entire tunic in the red linen, I found this polyester crepe de chine from Fabric.com in my stash.
In my original thought, the side panels would have ruffles. That idea quickly faded when I realized how much ruffling that would be. Probably too much on a tall girl like me! So using a pattern was a natural solution for interest on the sides.
Then since I had some of the crepe de chine left and I hate to waste good fabric…I created pants to match.
This is the first time I’ve had them on and they aren’t too bad! Notice I put a round of piping just below the knee to break up the pattern.
The almost look like pajama pants. Not really sure I’ll actually wear these two together. Perhaps with one of the other red tunics I own. Hmmm…
Do you ever buy dreams in the form of patterns and never use them?
Happy Creating everyone!