Last year I purchased about 3 metres of backing cotton for quilts. It's quite a low grade cotton, and I normally wouldn't buy it, but at $3.00 per metre for a 260 wide fabric, I thought it would be ideal for wearable muslins and pattern testing. And I knew the colour was coming into fashion.
Now, I know quilters must buy large quantities of this sort of fabric all the time, but I found it rather daunting looking at a cumbersome block of fabric - and it was block like, this cheap grade cotton was very fibrous and cardboard like in texture. So, I decided to sew it up all at once. And I love the results - a few much needed bits of colour to pep up my bland wardrobe.
The jacket I love. I have had the following pattern for an unlined cotton or linen jacket in my stash for some years, and thought it would work for this fabric:
And it did!
I also made a pair of pants:
Using a Lisette pattern, again from Butterick:
I know a few of you are interested in my thoughts on this pants pattern, and I will enjoy sharing them with you in March. I will tell you though, that I like this pattern. I did have to alter it to suit my shape, but it was a nice pant to make and looks nice on.
A skirt - I used an old McCall's pattern which has a front fold and split, which you can't see clearly on this photo. You can see the wrinkles, because I haven't ironed it yet! I adapted the pattern and added slanted pockets.
And, last but not least, a princess seamed dress, which looks absolutely awful on a hanger, but absolutely fantastic on. I guess that is better than fantastic on the hanger, but awful on. And, many fitted dresses do look awful on hangers - they are made to be worn and filled out by the contours of the body. That's why I take photos of the garment I make being worn by me - because it shows what the garment really looks like on somebody.
And the pattern used was another McCall's pattern:
Again, fitted and modified a little, but this was a really nice dress to make up and is on the list for remaking one day...
As for the comment situation, I tried installing Disquis, but there is some sort of incompatibility with Blogger and Disquis, and I think I have to recode bits of the Disquis installation in order to make things work. Now, sometimes I am in the mood for that sort of headache, but more often not. I have headaches enough with problems to solve in my everyday life, and I don't need more! So for the time being I will stick with good old Blogger comments.
That's it for now, be back blogging soon.