De-Stash!! That’s my new mission. Pull out that fabric and use it. Some fabric is hand-dyed/printed/tied and some is commercial. Some big pieces and some small. Most are pieced–like a quilt, I combine fabrics helping them play well with others!
Two zipper-front jackets used different fabrics for different effects.
Peppy Blue was made with a combination of cotton fabrics. The body of the jacket was handwoven using ikat-indigo dyed yarn. Ikat gives the white areas–that’s where the yarn was tied so the indigo couldn’t get in. The handwoven is soft and has a nice drape. The sleeves are commercial, also indigo dyed.
The jacket is zipper front–the white zipper works well with the ikat white spots.
The pattern that I used was from Vogue-Marcy Tilton. #8779 It’s a great pattern–looks boxey, but with the right fabric it makes a fun, jacket with different fits/drapes. Unfortunately, it’s now out of print (:
Because of the loose structure of the handwoven fabric, I finished some of the Peppy Blue seams with bias binding.
Another jacket with a different look is Basic Shapes.
I had a good sized piece of a fabric that I had printed in a workshop. It sat in the stash box for years–too fun to throw, but not right for any project that was at hand.
I used the same pattern (V8779) and paired the printed fabric with denim. I have a project that needed lots of denim–so I purchased used jeans from my local consignment/thrift store. Now I have a big pile.
So, they’re going into clothing. Cut and pieced. One of the fronts I sewed with “outie” seams that I clipped. After washing, the seams fuzz up–like chenille. I modified the jacket a bit. I like longer jackets (to cover my butt when I’m wearing leggings) but it was a bit long in the front, so I made a circular cut in the front. Yup it’s shorter in the front–but not so visible in my pic.
This jacket is lined–that’s my choice when there are lots of seams.