Saturday, June 21, 2014

Shelf shopping

I have a stash of fabric and it's not just quilt related fabrics either. I have been sewing for years having made my own clothes as well as a  lot of my children's clothes as they were growing up. I love fabric and would purchase yardage of something or else remnants or small pieces thinking I could make something out of them or incorporate them in a bigger item of clothing. I have slowed down on the making of clothing but I still do sew whenever someone requests something. Maili, my middle daughter, had a shift dress that she had purchased and she liked the way it fit. Next month she and her significant other are going to Scandinavia for two weeks and she wanted another one of the shifts to wear. Since it's such an easy thing to make, she asked if I could replicate it - and since there was so much fabric on my shelves, she wanted to use up some of it. So there comes the phrase "shelf shopping." 

This is the fabric she chose. I'm not a red person but I did like this fabric when I bought it. It's relatively crease resistant but not totally.

So, I've been busy with trying to make an item of clothing using another item as a pattern. The paper pattern above, was used only to mark a dart at the bust line. I'll show you what it looks like once it's all finished.

While looking for something else in the sewing room, these fell on the floor. Luckily, I know why I bought them so I just have to find the bin that holds the project and put them safely away.

I had to take a photo of this because it's not often that I get a nice cluster all together. Usually, there is a stem that's in bloom and right beside it are some dead or dying blooms.

There are other projects in the works and once the recipients receive them, I'll post a photo. 
I hope everyone has a safe weekend with great weather. Ours is supposed to be sunny and warm.


  1. The red print will make a nice shift. Now that's a dress style that I remember wearing in my younger days. Loved them. The black and white looks interesting, too.

  2. Great idea to use some shelf fabric! The red and white will make a great shift dress. Your African violet looks amazing.

  3. I, too, have fabric safely stowed away, the red is lovely,and the B&W, I'm sure there is a plan for them. Cheers,Jean.

  4. That red fabric ia wonderful. It'll look great when it's done.

  5. The shift will be lovely; I really like the fabric. I also like the black and white fabric (I have a collection of black and white fabric for a purse that hasn't been made yet).

  6. Love the moose header! I haven't been sewing in awhile. I sure like the idea of using another outfit as template!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!


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