Category Archives: Fabric

when things don’t work out – frankenshirt

Not all of my sewing plans turn out how I’d imagined. It doesn’t seem to happen as much as when I first started sewing, but I still manage to have a #FAIL every now and then. This is how I tried to turn a fail, into a win!

Quite a while ago, I purchased a remnant of 100% cotton chambray from The Remnant Warehouse. It was beautiful and soft, very light weight, and well priced. I noticed a few areas that had faded light damage, but I wasn’t overly concerned about it.

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My first thoughts for this chambray were to turn it into a casual, spring-time dress, with a gathered skirt, semi-fitted bodice, and little sleeves. In my head, it was a thing of beauty. In reality, it was a disaster. I’d put little to no effort into drafting a proper pattern, the neckline stretched out horribly, and the whole thing had a rather unflattering silhouette. Needless to say, I didn’t take any pictures of it.

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This is all that remains of fail #1

After FAIL #1, my next idea was to turn the chambray into a pair of shorts. Light, breezy, spring/summer time shorts. I used a pattern I’d used before, and sewed them up! I was about 80% done, and decided to try them on. Well, I tried to try them on.. they were too small! I couldn’t get them up over my thighs.

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And fail #2

Totally dismayed, FAIL #2 and the scraps sat in my sewing room for weeks. I’d see it every now and then, and felt a stab of disappointment for wasting perfectly good fabric. One day, it got too much, and I decided to fix my fails.

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I seam ripped all the bits apart, ironed them all, and spread them out on my table to see what I had to work with. Not much, is what I was looking at. I decided to sew all the bits together, in a patchwork kind of way, so I once again had enough fabric to make a simple shell top.

Keeping the grain as straight as possible, I started sewing all the bits together, overlocking the seams, and pressing. Sew, overlock, press. Repeat. After a few hours, this is what I had.

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I drafted a simple shell top from my bodice block, made a toile so I didn’t screw up this fabric again, made alterations to the pattern, then cut out from the chambray. The only thing I had to keep an eye on, was the placement of the front, which has bust darts. I managed to avoid having any extra seams going into the darts.

Sewing it together was very easy. I made sure to overlock all my seams to keep everything from fraying. I finished the neck and arm holes with the same chambray bias-binding I used on this stripy top.

After a final press, it was ready to wear!

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As you can see, I added a button closer to the back. I think it works really well, I don’t have to undo it to get it on, however, my binding finish on the split isn’t my best work. Something to practice!

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I just love all the different shades in this top, and the angels of the patchwork seams. All the little bits patched together really reminded me of Frankenstein’s monster, so this project has fondly been named, the Frankenshirt.

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So, what do you think? Did I turn my fail into a #WIN? I think I did, I see the Frankentop becoming a real staple in my summer wardrobe!

Mitty x

fabric haul

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Do you have a predictable style when fabric shopping? I do. I walk around the entire store first, patting fabrics, reading the tags, making a mental note of patterns and colours that interest me. On my second lap, I return to the things that really stick in my memory. Sometimes I walk away with nothing, other times, I strike gold!

All of the following fabrics come from a favourite haunt of mine, The Remnant Warehouse in Alexandria.

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First up, I bought 2 meters of this “Amalfi Coast” Poly/Spandex jersey. It’s 150cm wide, medium weight, opaque, matte finish with a 1 way stretch. At $6.95 p/m, it was a bargain. The fabric is very soft, with a beautiful drape. This needs to be made into something comfy!

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I recently purchased the ebook “My Capsule Wardrobe – City Break” from Sew Over It, and I was specifically on the hunt for a striped jersey so I could make my very own Molly Top. I wasn’t disappointed! I found this cotton spandex with a 5mm x 10mm stripe for $9.95 p/m. It’s 150cm wide, medium weight, opaque, matte finish with a 2 way stretch. As you can see in the pictures, it’s a little stiff, I’m hoping it will soften up after a few washes.

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As soon as I ran my hand over this beautiful 100% silk crepe de chine, I knew I had to have it. It’s a Bec & Bridge remnant, 135cm wide, very light weight, semi opaque with a delustered finish. The best thing about this silk? It was only $14.95 p/m! I can see it sewn up into a lovely, airy blouse, maybe with a neck tie, maybe with long sleeves, I’m not too sure just yet.

What do you think of my haul? I think I came away with some really lovely fabric, and I’m excited to start sewing!

Mitty x