This is my fourth month of using stash, only stash and nothing but the stash. I have decided to try to ease up on my pattern purchases as well and if I get an idea for a garment but already have a pattern that is similar, I try to modify the pattern instead of buying a new one. Having an extensive pattern collection helps and it also doesn't hurt to have access to an excellent local library that carries Burdastyle magazine.
For a while now, I have had my eye on Tessuti's Lily Dress. link here
It reminded me of this Style pattern that I have had forever..Does 1998 count as vintage?
Modifying the pattern wasn't hard. I brought the edge of the shoulders in a bit, extended the length of the sleeve and added an elbow dart and one vertical dart, eliminated the diagonal seam from the body of the dress, shortened the dress by 6 inches and was ready to go.
What fabric could I use from the stash? I had some lovely teal pure linen that is too good to use on an experimental garment. I had some chambray that had washed up too crackly and did not have enough drape. I had some smoky blue linen/lycra blend that could do. I am going through a 'blue' phase so the colour was appealing. I knew the material was slightly too thick and springy but nothing ventured nothing gained so I preshrank it then laid it out and cut..
The material kept saying ha ha you will end up with a Very Plain go-work -the-feilds Olde Worlde Dress.
I kept saying no I won't. You will be casual, winter-beachy with the slightest arty edge.
I worked, I tweaked, I fiddled with the fit, fiddled with the sleeves, fiddled the square pockets which weren't working and re cut them into rounded off ones. I trimmed the outer corners of the skirt and put in hemline pleats, then added some more.
I fiddled with the length from too long too short, to just right (with heels).
The dress said "I've won".
I said "No, you haven't".
Either way, I love you. Thank you for the inspiration Lily.
How are you all doing?