Today marks the first day of Operation: Use Fabric Scraps. Boy do I have some scraps to use. Picture this. I have been sewing since my teens, my friends and family know I like to sew and collect fabric, my favourite past time is browsing fabric and craft shops AND my dearest Muma once told me "oh Emma, fabric never goes off". Lets just say there's an accumulation going on. So here's how it works. I have to use up some fabric, before someone makes a 'compulsive hoarding' diagnosis. I'm allowed to purchase notions like zippers, buttons, lace, elastic etc to finish projects, but no more fabric - except perhaps the voucher I still have for Tessuti (heaven on earth). Here's today's effort. Mostly while Elijah had his afternoon nap.
I have been sitting on this fabric for quite some time. Its a beautiful drape from my talented friend Amy, the designer at Pyn. I knew that I wanted to make something from the drape drape 2 book, but the instructions are all in Japanese and I hadn't been feeling so confident. The patterns I have made in the past from these Japanese pattern books have turned out beautifully - exactly to size and very flattering. This top is pattern 4 Drape Top which is cut in one piece and comes together a little like origami with a few magical folds and stitches. As you can see the directions are minimalist. So I used a little poetic license, and I'm happy with how it turned out. Best of all, I owned the fabric, pattern and thread already. I didn't even need to leave the house!
I'm telling you about this little project so that you keep me honest (and motivated). Operation: Use Fabric Scraps has begun! If you feel inclined to use some fabric scraps at your place and want to drop me a line with some ideas please do in the comments. I'd love to see what you're stitching.