Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Evening Update

I've been sewing though I have no pics.  It was a quiet day at home today which means no daughter and grandchildren, so no pictures.  I'll get them up as soon as I can.  However, over the last week I've become obsessed with this Coldwater Creek dress after I received an email from them showcasing their new summer dresses.  One of the dresses featured in the ad reminded me of Butterick 5211.  Now this dress has been in Butterick's pattern catalogue for several years and I've looked at it a couple of times but always passed it over.  




However, this year the temps have been terribly hot and since my office has been moved to another floor, our daily dress code has been loosened.  I mean on high holy meeting days we all revert back to black, navy and gray but when the office is not experiencing those days, I can wear bright colors and larger prints.  Also it's summer...and it's the summer of bright pops of color, huge floral prints, and bright abstract prints.  When perusing my summer wardrobe, I have a few dresses like this but nothing that works well with the high temps and high humidity we've been experiencing.

So I decided that since I have loads of material to create new dresses that I would delve into some of it and come up with a few new pieces to use with the Butterick 5211 pattern.  Now this dress doesn't appear on any of my sewing lists.  I saw it. I wanted it. I sewed it.  I even found a piece of fabric in the collection that was similar to the Coldwater Creek one...a green rayon print purchased last year from Fabric Mart.




I spent this afternoon putting it together.  Now this is a sack of a dress that's light and airy and will be perfect for hot summer days.  I pulled two more pieces of fabric to make additional versions but decided that I need to actually wear this dress before whipping up some more that may or may not be worn.  I don't mind sacrificing one piece of fabric but I'm not yet ready to give up two pieces that I really like!

So this was my quickie following my involved dress...because the Valentino Panel Dress is done.  Again pictures when my daughter shows up next because I've just not mastered the art of taking pictures by myself.  I have a hanger shot, I just don't think it does the dress justice.

However, I do have a parting shot to share...for the last few weeks I've been sitting with the curtains closed covering my fabric.  It hit me the other night that maybe the reason I've been buying fabric lately is because I have my inspiration covered up.  So here it is uncovered and the way I've had it for the past week...


I haven't bought a piece since...but boy do I see some garments I want to make!

...as always more later!



16 comments:

  1. Can I come and hug your stash? (l0l) No kidding, I often hug mine! Love that Butterick pattern. I think it has great potential.

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  2. I agree, you have to see the stash in order to get inspiration from it. Just close the curtains when you are leaving to protect it but have it open when you are in there working.

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  3. Love the butterick pattern, Can't wait to see your dress. The fabric stash is wonderful.. I love that you opened the curtains to enjoy..

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  4. Maybe that's why I've been buying, because my fabric is stored in closed cupboards. I worked on muslin a new dress this weekend and i'm not happy. Keep inspiring me to move forward and sew. g

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  5. Looking forward to seeing your dress! That pattern is the first one I sewed! Mine wasn't a complete success-- I used chambray, so it ended up looking like a sad uniform-- but the pattern really is a great platform for fun fabric!

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  6. Keep the curtains open. How inspiring is your fabric stash!!

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  7. I agree, it must help to actually see what you have. Then again, you don't want it to get dusty or faded from sunlight. Then again, it's down in a basement, right? Your stash looks wonderful, even in just a simple pic like this. I'm slowly learning to buy less but better and my stash is slowly improving.

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  8. A loose rayon dress; you'll be so cool. I love rayon and have many stunning outfit made from it as the colours are so very vibrant.

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  9. I spend more time staring into my fabric closet than I do the refridgerator!

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  10. OOOOO I like that dress!! I bet that looks very flattering on you

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  11. Wow, your fabric is going to be perfect for that dress! I like to keep the doors of my fabric cabinet open, or at least go in there and look before I start any new project. Otherwise, I'm doing the same thing and going out (or online) to buy fabric.

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  12. I think that pattern is a perfect match up with the Coldwater Creek dress. Love the fabric you chose. Why is it I never see those fabrics on Fabric Mart site when I go there?!!

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  13. Great job pairing the pattern to your inspiration garment. Looking forward to your version.

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  14. Y'know, that's probably why I keep being tempted to look and buy more fabric - all mine is hidden away in the storage area in large totes. So whenever I do get one out and have a look through for something that I think I have, it's like going shopping at home!

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  15. Love the fabric and love the inspirational garment. Nothing beats rayon in the heat. Looking forward to the dress.

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  16. I too think that is the perfect fabric for that dress! Can't wait to see it, what an inspirational fabric stash! Keep the curtain open!

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