Project Design Continued

Many of  you may have been wondering what I’ve been up to for the last six months since I feel off the blogging bandwagon.  You may remember this post from this time last year about getting back into sewing and designing.  And, also this post from September, where I stocked up on fabric for my projects. That pile of fabric sat for a while.  I decided to take a break from blogging so I could focus  solely on finding inspiration, sketching, and re-learning patterning drafting.

With the invigoration of spring, I shook of the winter doldrums, and got back to sharing with you my musings on fashion.   Now, I want to start sharing with you how I’ve been using up my fabric stash.

I started with a beautiful navy and gray stripped chenille shot through with a gold thread.  There were a few ideas; initially using it in a dress, then perhaps a top framed by leather.

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Finally, deciding on a skirt.  The initial thought was a midi-length skirt with a self-fabric waistband.

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It was an interesting process, putting this skirt together,  since I drafted my own patterned.  I hadn’t initially thought about matching the strips, but it was necessary since it’s a dominate pattern. Because of this, it turned out I didn’t have enough fabric.  Yikes!  I decided to sleep on this problem to figure what to do (always a good lesson to learn).   I woke up the next morning with the idea to use 3″ elastic for the waistband (instead of fabric).  It would give the skirt a more modern, casual look.  And, the skirt would just have to be shorter.  In the end, they were both the right decision.

 

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What do you think?  Stay tuned for more designs!

 

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