Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fabric Haul and Silk Print Dress

I got an opportunity last weekend to go to one of my favorite fabric places… Pennie Fabrics!!  My husband and I took a leisurely drive into Sarasota and the hubby decided to take me on a little fabric shopping spree.... YAY Me!

There were only a couple of ladies in the store when we first arrived, and they left shortly after, so my husband and I had the entire store and Nasir's lovely wife to ourselves!!!  What a treat!!!  There's so much in the store and I know it's cliché, but I truly felt like a kid in a candy shop... I didn't know what I wanted, LOL!!

So I started grabbing things that I knew I needed or couldn't live without. I figured that was the best route to take at this point.  Below are the lucky pieces that came home with me that day...

Describing the fabrics from left to right:

1.  Green-Cotton stretch twill

2.  Green and white striped-seersucker

3.  Baby blue-stretch wool (lightweight)

3.  Coral-stretch lace

4.  Peach-cotton spandex

5.  Charcoal & Navy-tie-dyed cotton

6.  Coral-Silk chiffon

7.  Coral-rayon Lycra

9.  White-texturized stretch knit

I can't wait to dive into these pieces...I already have plans for each and everyone of them!

I still have a few pieces that I purchased from Pennie fabrics on other occasions that I've not worked on yet.  I thought this would be a good time to use one of my previously purchased Pennie Fabrics.

Below is a photo of it in the fabric store when I was just about ready to purchase this beautiful brown silk with a orange and cream print flower on it...

  

It was so gorgeous just looking at it and the feel was amazing!  Very drapey and flowy!  However, I don't know if you noticed or not but each panel was printed with a little over half of a flower!!!   I have no idea why the designer would have done this and if anyone of you out there knows the reason, can you put please let me know?  I can tell you though, it created a very good challenge for me!  How the heck am I going to create something with that??!!

I laid the fabric out on my cutting table and stared at it for approximately 20 minutes trying to figure out what to do… When it came to me!  I wanted a dress with a full flower in the front and back, but how in the world was I going to achieve that? 

So I started by folding the fabric over itself to create a full flower.  Then I pinned and permanently created the seam.  Wa La, a full flower was formed!  (Sorry no photos… I was so busy trying to create, I forgot!). I'm sure it's not what the designers had in mind, but it works for me!

Then I used my favorite self-drafted Cowl neck top pattern (only two pattern pieces) and laid it on the fabric.  While cutting out the pattern on the fabric, I just extended it long enough for a dress.  

Using French seams, I sewed the dress up and within two hours I had this beautiful, simple, summer dress out of a gorgeous silk print!

  

I love this little simple dress and can't wait to wear it!...And wouldn't you know it, as soon as I finished the dress I thought of another application for this beautiful fabric using that half flower!  Oh well, maybe next time!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing some of your time with me!