Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Not Enough Fabric

At one time, not enough fabric would have been a tragedy, the end of the project. Now, not enough fabric is fabulous, a starting point, a challenge to overcome that can lead in creative directions. LOL - how we change.

One of the fabrics I wanted to incorporate in the skirt to coat refashion was a black and grey, paisley printed, knit left over from a skirt I sewed in October. Mostly there were little bits. Only one piece was of any size and I wanted it for the sleeves and even still there wasn't enough. SO...

... leaving the pattern pinned to the fabric most of the way around, I folded back the bottom portion and  measured and cut off the underneath fabric at approximately the 3/4 sleeve level. Then...

... I stitched another fabric - a black with grey polka dot knit backed with fusible knit interfacing for more body - to the bottom edge of both sleeves and...

... pressed the seams open. And then...

... pinned the two sleeves together at the new seam line to hold them secure, folded down the rest of the pattern, pinned it in place, and cut out the remainder of the piece.

It seems like quite a chunk at the end of the sleeve but remember that there is a 1 1/2" hem allowance included in the polka dot length.

When the under sleeve is attached, the sleeve becomes a three part unit. It's not lying flat because there is easing through the elbow to give the sleeve more shape.

And here it is hemmed and hanging on Millicent sans coat. I am REALLY enjoying this project. It's engaging my mind and giving me something fun and exciting to think about. This is good.

Today, I'm doing embroidery work on the bodice. I absolutely cannot remember the last time I made French knots - it was back when candlewicking was in style - the eighties I think - however, French knots are exactly what works for the look I wanted so I'm busy looping and pulling. Go figure. It's slow and hopefully there will be enough done to show tomorrow.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - engaging projects


  1. Oh, candlewicking! I pulled an old pattern out of a box just the other day, as I began assessing what of my pattern hoard was worth saving. That pattern was not worth saving ... I did read enough of the instructions to absorb a diatribe by the author about the superiority of the Quaker knot over the French knot for candlewicking. Frankly, I couldn't tell the difference in the finished product, so I did French knots.

    I agree with you that having to crib together fabrics to eke out a finished garment is far more creatively engaging than having acres of yardage. Sometimes the result is museum-worthy. (Sometimes you end up with a clown costume, but, hey, clowns need clothing too.)

    1. LOL - I agree with you. Whatever works. I've read similar diatribes about how to make left and right leaning decreases in knitting but I'm pretty sure no one is that close to my garment to care.

      Letting go of museum-worthy has been a positive journey for me. The further I get away from a need for the garment to be either practical (as in it fits me) or pretty, the more creative I'm managing to become. This is good.

  2. Sewing well is craft (and I am proud to be a craftsperson, Myrna)... painting with fabric: that is art.

    1. I remember great debates in the past amongst the members of various fibre group members over are we craftspersons or are we artists and should we use the term quilt artist, art quilter, fibre artist, or textile artist... and thank God I'm past all that now.... I hope... because what I really want is to create what I want to create and do my best job in the process. I had to pick something to put on my business card so I did chose artist and I like the ambiguity of that term. It leads to questions. Good & enough. Just have fun Monique. Goodness knows that we definitely need fun in our lives.

    2. Hear, hear! I also make art and it is always fun. If it weren't, I would stop :)

  3. I have become a huge fan of "not enough fabric" syndrome - it brings on the creativity you didn't even know you had!


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