To cut a long story short and to skip to the chase I’ve made two more things without fabric.
First up, cotton jersey leftover from Donna Karan dress. Enough for a T-shirt with sleeves or something longer without sleeves. Out came my old favourite – Merchant and Mills Bantam vest except this time I cut the vest in half and inserted a mid-riff band to make it into a dress.
A bit boring on its own and time to spare to sew without fabric, I beaded the neck and along the edge of an added pocket.
The beading took about 4 weeks! It’s dense and heavy; sparkly and shiney.
Needless to say, summer has long gone from our shores.
The middle band had to cut on the cross grain due to fabric restrictions but I quite like the subtle change in tone between the blues.
Next, is another favourite skirt from StyleArc – Zoe. Wears like a pencil skirt walks like an A-Line. Designed for wovens.
This up-to-the-minute longer-line pencil skirt incorporates clever design features to set this style apart. The darted back line finishes on the front and the front side seam moves towards the centre resulting in a slimming silhouette.
This fabric is leftover from Vogue 1531.
And then I managed to pick up a long line cardigan in the sales that coordinates perfectly – much better in real life than in the photos.
To sum up: I finished a long awaiting linen dress, I’ve made a beaded sun-dress and a fully lined skirt – not bad for having no fabric!
Lessons to take away: buy for a project and maybe buy just a little more than you actually need so that you can add to the leftover pile and just look what can be made from that pile. However, use the leftovers, otherwise it will get out of hand!
The autumn/winter 2017 wardrobe has now thankfully arrived – albeit in kit form – plans and ideas to follow…………