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!