Sunday, 25 October 2015
Why You Should Not Stash Fabrics !
I have had this piece of light weight denim for about 20 years now . It has been either stored in a covered basket ( when my stash was small ) or in various cupboards ( as my collection grew ) . It has always been kept away from the light .
Check out that serious fabric foldline fading !
This was leftover from making a shirt that well never made it to a shirt. I kept on sewing the patch pockets unevenly and was so totally frustrated I threw the project out . I remember that so well such was the frustration ! However I kept the large scraps and the sleeves which are in pieces ( I don`t know why ) because it is lovely soft smooth fabric and I paid a decent price for it.
I was going to sew a knipmode tunic out of this . The tunic is made up of lots of pieces - the sleeves and back are from two pieces and the front from three pieces so I was hopeful that I could juggle all these small pieces onto my irregular scrap. Alas despite my best efforts I could not get those pieces to fit the fabric. Sigh. So again laziness made me turn to an old pattern that I have made many times and I knew did not take much material.
I may be trying to reduce my fabrics but I keep hold of old patterns. I bought this one about 10 years ago because I loved the white lace version on the front . Of course I have not recreated that look but I have now made this pattern up three times and I still do intend to make the white lace top.
To get all the pieces on I had to cut the back from two pieces of material and I barely had any seam allowance. Trying to overlock that seam nicely was impossible so I used a fancy stitch and matching embroidery thread to sew down those seams.
Then I repeated the stitching along the front neckline and bodice seams.
I know some people would think why bother sewing with such faded fabric but it really is lovely and soft and as I have probably written before I do not like waste . I am just calling this my shabby chic top :).
So this is just about the last of my really old fabric I have now .
But please learn a lesson from me - do not stash fabrics ( well at least not for 20 years ) .