Um, yes. I know it's almost April. But, I did indeed manage a bit of stash busting in February, even though I didn't manage to take part in the Sewasaurus challenge. Possibly because the theme was unselfish sewing, and we know how bad I am in that regard. Although I did manage to replace the zipper in my boyfriend's favourite pair of trousers for his birthday (he finally resorted to emotional blackmail, after they had languished on my mending pile for over half a year). And I put missing buttons on three other pairs of trousers!
So, stashbust #1 for this month was a Rooibos made from green corduroy. I originally meant to make a second Parfait from this fabric, but decided that the bust gathers were a bit too bulky in the fabric. Also, you can never have enough Rooiboses, right? ;)
Fabric: about 1.5m of green corduroy from the Holland fabric market, about 0.5m of green and white striped cotton shirting from Hüco
Pattern: Colette Rooibos, Size 8
Notions: green invisible zipper, fusible interfacing, two random greenish buttons from my stash
Time to Complete: pretty fast since it's my fourth make of the pattern, maybe about five hours over two or three days.
Techniques used: Colette's awesome roll-up method of adding neckline/armhole facings, invisible zipper, Hong Kong finish (first time!), hand-stitched, bias faced hem.
First Worn: to a lovely walk, back when the sun was still shining at the beginning of March
Thoughts: This dress has seen a lot of wear in the last few weeks. I love the vibrant green colour, and it works great layered over black tights and long sleeves. I hope it'll work equally great as a spring/summer dress. Rooibos is one of my favourite patterns, I especially love the deep pockets. I think there are a couple more summer versions in the works, especially since the blue polka-dot version has gone to my sister...
Stashbust #2 is Cake Patterns' Tiramisu. That one has been on my mind for ages, especially since I was thinking about what to do with all the solid coloured jersey in my stash. Solution: use lace overlay to get some contrast!
I even sketched it out before I sewed it. :D
Fabric: about 1.5m of petrol coloured jersey, which I bought ages (aka 2.5 years) ago at the FIDM scholarship store in LA!
Pattern: Cake Patterns' Tiramisu, 35B/30W
Notions: 1m of a rather lovely, 16cm wide lace, bought on ebay and some fusible knit stay tape from A Fashionable Stitch
Time to Complete: I cut the pattern using someone's suggestion to cut out the largest size and then fold to the size needed, which saved some time on tracing. Maybe 5h in total over about 3 days.
Techniques used: nothing fancy, a bit of gathering under the bust, plus enforcing the shoulder seams and pocket openings with fusible stay tape.
First Worn: to a dinner with my boyfriend and his parents.
Thoughts: I really liked the sizing (which is by actual circumference, and not the usual "random" numbers), which threw me for a bit, though, when I saw that my waist size was smaller than my bust. That has never happened before, usually it's about 1-2 sizes bigger! ;-) Makes sense, though.
I'm also pretty proud of myself for the idea of overlaying lace. It was pretty easy, I didn't even baste it, just sandwiched it between the other layers. The edges of the wide lace ribbon were used for neck and sleeve band embellishment.
I'm not quite sure about this style of bodice on myself. It feels a bit foreign but kinda nice, as I usually wear a more closely fit bodice and a wider neckline. Next time, I'll have to shorten either the bodice, or the shoulder a bit, I think, and see how I feel about that. I'll also lose the pockets next time. I usually love pockets, but they feel a bit bulky in the jersey.
March has actually not been very successful, yet, if we're speaking of challenges. I have a half-finished skirt, and I may manage another jersey top or dress, 'cause that's my ultimate sweet quickie. I also got on a bit of a jersey buying shopping spree at GirlCharlee yesterday. They do have the sweetest jerseys! And what with shipping, I had to buy five fabrics. According to my pledge, that means I need fifteen finished stashbust-projects until they get here... ;)
What's on your sewing table right now?