The final instalment of what to do with scraps continues here.
By big scraps I mean lengths that are about 0.5m or 1/2 yd – that sort of length that is too big to throw away but apparently too small to make anything of substance from. Read on…..
About a year ago, I cleaned out my fabric box, and while I don’t have a stash, the lid wouldn’t close as the box was full of these big scraps. So first things first, get yourself a sleeveless blouse pattern. Let me recommend the following, though by no means is this an exhaustive list and would welcome your own contributions.
2. McCalls 6078 – draped T-shirt
3. Kwik Sew 3782 – sleeveless version, shorten the ties and don’t cut them on the bias – sorry OOP
5. Sorbretto – free download here
6. Vogue 8504 – camisole top
Now I know the pattern envelope says you need 1m of fabric but in reality each of these patterns can be made with 1/2-3/4 m or yard. Any camisole, plain sleeveless top or simple capped sleeve top usually works but you may have to mix the fabric grains and experiment with pattern placement. If the pattern calls for a bias cut – ignore that and place the pattern on the straight of grain. Obviously knits are best for close fitting tops but I have had success with wovens using the patterns listed above. Fold your fabric in quarters like this to maximise the fold edges for the front and back pieces. Even if you don’t have enough fabric for folding, add a centre seam to the back – just remember to add some seam allowances!
Alternatively, use the big scraps as part of another garment. I cannot claim ownership of the following ideas but here are some lovely and inspirational examples from skilled and creative sewists:
Contrasting sleeves on a dress like Angela’s or a T-shirt
Contrasting bodice on a dress like Pauline’s – super look and Coco Chanel did this so that the dress looked like a skirt and blouse using different fabrics.
Some patterns are just made to use up of scraps:
Vogue 8817 used in the T-shirts above and the tunic below.
And failing all this – you can sew for others! Children’s clothes are just the perfect size for all our big people’s leftovers!