March Stashbusting - in April

Hello spring (I think, finally), and hello again stashbusting! Now, the March theme was "impending seasonal change", and let me just say, we're still waiting. But I dutifully pulled a fabric out of my stash, and got to work. 

This is a fabric that I picked up over a year ago, and have been struggling to find a good use for ever since. It's a beautiful cotton with a multicoloured wool/silk strand striped through. I settled on a simple sqare-ish dress, and was really hoping to use an existing pattern, so I tried turning the Colette Patterns Sencha into a dress. No go, friends, no go. The front neck, which I lowered, still insisted on sliding backwards, as if to choke me. And it was a bit of a sack, with or without the darts. I cut the back on the fold to avoid having a seam or closure (I can get both versions of the blouse over my head without undoing any buttons), and extended the hem to knee length. And then I went pattern shopping. That was March.

In April, Vogue 8805 arrived in the mail, a pullover dress with multiple cup sizes to choose from. For a bit of contrast, I cut the bodice widthways to have my stripes meet up on the perpendicular. It too was a bit sack-like, so I added two tucks front and back to give it a bit of shape. And since my fabric was striped (and I was recutting anyway!) I cut the bottom two pieces as one. The only other alteration I made was shortening the sleeve about 1". I'd say this was a case of tweaking, not making drastic changes. As for sizing, I cut a 14, one size down from the pattern envelope recommendation.

Here I am pretending to be warm.

Don't be fooled - the bare legs are for the photos only! It was maybe 6 C.

The back has a small silt that closes with a hook and eye, which has already been stuck in my hair. 

I'm not sure how much wear this will get, but I do love the fabric. But, what with Me Made May coming up, it should get a couple of outings at least.

And speaking of Me Made May,

I, Chloe of Button and Needle, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May 2013! I endeavour to wear one or more pieces of Me Made Clothing each day for the duration of May 2013.

Looking forward to a month of fun, and hopefully far fewer repeats than last year. This year I'm starting with at least double the number of me-mades to work with, and May will see more sewing time, so I'm ready to go!

See you all soon,


  1. But that looks quite all right! You should wear it, the fabric is beautiful, and the dress seems like it could be quite a multi-tasker. I love your sandals too!


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