I might have mentioned I do not like waste and might be a bit of a hoarder when it comes to fabric scraps . Sometimes Mum also gives me little pieces like the blue patterned cotton voile fabric above. There was only 80 cms and I accidentally found an even smaller piece of blue in my scrap bag which matched really well when I was searching for something else . It was left over stretch cotton from making my husband a shirt for Christmas 2 or 3 years ago .
I really wanted to make New Look 6187 after seeing some versions on the internet and was able to squeeze this top out using the two scraps . I used the plain blue for the yoke and tunic back and the pattern for the front yoke and sleeves.
I altered the pattern slightly - 3/4 sleeves because I did not have enough material for the full length and I extended the yoke pattern so I could make a button placket instead of a button/ loop closure. Also instead of using a facing for the yoke and tunic back I managed to eke out some bias binding to finish off the neckline.
|Always times for pats in our house.|
OK onto the next scrap busting project. One late insomnia filled night I was perusing Pinterest ( not very good for actually helping one to get back to sleep BTW ) and saw a picture of a sewing machine pocket pad . Brilliant ! If I had a dollar for every time I have knocked my tape measure behind my sewing table then I would have lots of dollars . I was seriously considering making another scrap top with this checked / little Japanese girl fabric but again only had 80 cms . Well for this project I had plenty of material and I also managed to save myself from making a dubiously appropriate shirt and I have a place for my errant tape measure ( and quick unpick / little scissors/ glasses /secret chocolate stash ) . I was pretty happy with the result so I sewed two more for my Mum and a friend using all stash fabric, wool wadding and bias binding .
Well they are the winners :)
Now for the wadder :(
I had lots of black based scraps ranging in age from just last year to 10 years old . I wanted to use my Knipmode magazines and found a windcheater where the fronts and backs consist of 3 pieces each . I had enough of the various scraps but did not have a good feeling from the start of the sewing . I got the point of the hems and adding a neck band but OH in capitals . Gosh seriously ugly. Too many fabrics , too many differing textures and thicknesses , too big , sleeves too dropped . Most of the failure is my fault but the sweater is seriously oversized and the sleeves very low .
This photo does not do justice to how ugly the top is . Oh well , I gave it a try and no big loss. However Bruna I do think you are right and these scraps should have been in the bin long ago.
I am off to lick my wounds now and have cut out a Kwik Sew camisole pattern - quick , easy, needed and made before so I know it will be a success .
Happy Sewing Janine.