So, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that last Saturday the lights went out. We had a horrible wind storm in Western Washington and many people lost power all over the State.
I had been out in the morning and stopped and picked up the dottie angel dress. I love the idea of it. Will I make it? Will it suit me? Will I wear it? Who knows? But I bought it.
In the dark, with a flashlight - I headed to the fabric shelves. I ran my fingers through the fabric looking for a couple of coordinating pieces I could pull to make this dress - you know if the power ever came back on. But it was early in the day and my sewing space has lots of windows and I could do some pattern prep while I couldn't turn the lights or machines on, right?
The first combo I touched was this lovely pastel-y paisley with a pretty green solid that coordinates. I bought these pieces with the idea of making a Lilly P style sheath dress. I had a new look pattern in mind, but never bought it and it's out of print now and honestly - I don't remember what the pattern number was - only that it had raglan sleeves, into a round yoke.
So - knowing that I don't have the pattern and will probably never acquire it - it makes sense to save this fabric combo, right?
These next two fabric combos I bought several years ago at a quilt shop with a bonus that I got at work. I always intended them to be The Monique Dress from Sew Serendipity. I adore Kay's style, but I've never really been comfortable in it. I did make 2 Monique dresses and they are both still in my closet and get worn over the summer - but not with much regularity. And both were made with a single fabric.
I will often say - the reason I don't quilt is because I can't match fabrics. To my eye, they fabrics have to perfectly coordinate or they just aren't right for me. Having taking photos of these three combos that I bought together to use together - I'm honestly not sure that I love any of them together. I love them all - but together?
So - I ran my fingers over them and moved on. Finally - I touched on the beautiful lightweight pale pink cotton fabric. I bought this at Fabric Depot in Portland the first time I met up with Mary. This fabric told me that it wanted to be a shirt dress - but I haven't found the perfect pattern. Do I want one with a slim skirt or a full skirt. I've tried 3 different shirt dress patterns and don't have one I love.
Again - another reason to save this fabric, right? So - I'm sure it will surprise no one that I didn't cut any of these fabrics. Am I afraid there won't be more fabric? I recently made 2 dresses that I just didn't love the way the looked on me and I sent them home with Designed by Krystle. Did I love the fabrics - yes. Was I sad to not have them any more - not really. So - what's the issue?
Tell me - what do you think of the dottie angel dress? yes or no? How about the fabrics I pulled (and then put back)? And finally - what makes fabric too precious to use for you?