I cleaned out my summer scraps from the sewing room the other day – aka. the huge pile of scraps from everything I’ve sewn over the last 3 months! In the process, I finished up some WIPs and sewed some scrap busters. Sewing scraps is almost like tidying, right?
First up, a Maria Denmark Day-to-Night top, sewn up using leftovers from my Groove dress. That dress highlighted the bold Baroque scroll border print, and I didn’t think I could use that twice and get away with it! So for this top, I just used the centre part of the yardage, which is a kind of abstract houndstooth. I picture wearing this top with black pants and a sweater – kind of a classic, work-friendly, don’t-notice-me sort of look!
(OK, only in my wardrobe would this count as a slightly conservative look!)
Next, a reworked dress! This was a Mission Maxi dress that I made last summer, and it was actually the outfit that prompted the Better Pictures Project! I just couldn’t get good pictures of it, and I decided to increase my skills! The dress was never a great fit (Hello, sneaky weight gain!) and didn’t get worn. I like the fabric, so I cut it up into a Jalie Dolman top. Hopefully now it will at least get worn!
Third, a Groove dress top! I used the hem from the Santa Fe to shorten the Groove dress. Groove is more fitted in the bust, and has proper sleeves, so I like it better than the kimono tee variation of the Santa Fe. Fits quite like a Plantain in the end!
I got this faux-tye-dye rayon jersey locally… and then realised the circular pattern made print placement rather awkward! The first time I cut the front I got a boob-target… so I used that as the back, and recut the front. Except when I threw the top on for pictures, I put it on backwards! Ooops!
Finally, a pair of Ginger jeans. I’m in love with my Cone Mills pair, but couldn’t quite bring myself to cut into more precious Cone Mills denim, so these are made with cheap, stretchy local denim instead. It’s not nearly as good, but it does wear a good 4 times or more without getting too baggy.
I’ve been having lots of thoughts about jeans fit lately… namely, how much should I care about wrinkles? I did even more knock-knee adjustment on these, and I can’t say it’s changed much. I do have quite a curvy bottom half, and it’s a lot to ask of a stiff fabric to drape around me without folds and wrinkles! Part of me wants to quest for the perfect fit, and part of me is tired of feeling like my jeans aren’t good enough, when they are as good as RTW or better. What do you think?
None of these pieces are show-stoppers, but they fill gaps in my wardrobe. I’m thinking of them, as the title says, as wardrobe padding: the sort of B-list clothes that give you a few more choices in the morning while you wait to strike sewing gold and make something you’ll love! I’m blogging them anyway, because I like the honestly of it. Slightly mediocre photos, slightly mediocre makes… but practical, cute enough, and I cleared some fabric out of the sewing room!