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Almost instant dresses

Not having enough fabric of my own, I adopted part of someone else’s stash. Sewers often have stashes of fabric, fabric from uncompleted projects, remnants from completed projects and fabric bought on a whim. My stashes tend to consist mostly of the later, really good deals to hard to pass up and fabrics bought with no specific garments in mind. This windfall of  fabric came by way of a friend who  purchased an used sewing machine from another ex-pat who is moving away. Included with the machine was a bunch of fabric  bags of trims, lots of rickrack and a crocheted yoke salvaged from another garment. Looking at the yoke, I realized that all I would need to do is sew a tube and attach it. The yoke is a pretty coral color that doesn’t quite go with any of my current fabrics.  This morning while cleaning out my ropero (wardrobe), I picked up a skirt that had fallen to ...

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stash busting

Trying to keep my fabric addiction under control, I made a pact with myself to not buy any new fabric unless I first use up some in my stash. If only the economy could grow with the speed of a fabricaholic’s dedicated seamstress’ fabric hoard collection. I’ve gotten better, at least I no longer have bolts and bolts of yardage. It’s just three bins. So far I’ve made Thread’s magazine’s 30-minute Jacket and Craftstylish’s Circle Vest out of some black gauzy chiffon fabric. I used some lace to embellish the vest, but I am think I am going to make another one out of different fabric. I was trying for a 1930’s art deco cocoon coat, but I didn’t like the drape over the rear. Finally, I bought One Hour Dress , it’s a reprint of a 1924  pamphlet by Mary Brooks Picken. My 1 hour dress took longer than an hour, but that was my fault. First I cut the ...

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