So, today I want to show you how I am dealing with these two issues.
Here is my plan to make one dress, two tops, one jacket and some pants.
Step one ... dive into my stash.
Step two ... look for easy fitting, comfortable patterns.
I will write about altering patterns in a future blog.
I will be selling some of it to my neighbor's daughter, who's taking sewing lessons from me.
If you use FaceBook you can go to the Fabrics-Store.com page to look for this promotion.
Or use the link below to go straight to the page for this fabric.
Link to this terrific fabric
I LOVE this dress. It is a great shape that will look good on anybody and can be fancy or casual.
So this dress will cost - fabric $21 + pattern $11 + printing $8 = $40 not so cheap, but it is a dress to wear to a wedding. And it is a great wearable design and should be quick to sew.
Amazon has a lot of StyleARC patterns for sale.
But for this newly released dress design go straight to their website.
StyleArc is based in Australia and the shipping isn't too expensive, but it can take a long time. I opted for the PDF version, which meant either printing out and taping together 55 pages of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, or getting it professionally printed. I found a very reasonable service online.
I had two patterns printed, so with shipping it was about $8 each. Really worth not having to print and tape 55 pages.
It is not enough for a dress so I needed to find a top pattern with very few seams in order to not break up the print.
This shirt will cost - fabric $0 + pattern $0 + printing $8 - pretty good!
Another style that will look good on everyone. This link will take you to this pattern.
To me, it is just the right weight for a casual summer jacket. And it will look really good with the white linen skirt I found at the Thrift Store and the black eyelet skirt I made for myself a few years ago. Read the blog I wrote about making it here!
I might be able to wear it over the white dress I'm making for the wedding, too.
So this jacket will cost - fabric $32 + pattern $0. not bad.
And another style good for most.
I will head off to the Thrift Store to see what I can find. You can often find unused fabric and notions there. Or maybe I can find something to cut up.
Off I go ...
Here is what I brought home.
1 1/2 yard dark grey cotton with colored strips (above) $4
2 yards off white corduroy (saving for later) $6
a bag with 5 zippers and a sewing kit $3
a bag with 7 yards of fabric $3 (4 yards of a navy/white stripe - saving) And the 2 different green and white stripes which I have decided to use for that Simplicity pattern. I will have to do some creative mixing.
So that top will cost - fabric $1.25 + pattern $4 = $5.25 very good!
Cost - $6
So total cost for five quality garments.
Dress - $40
Batik top - $8
Green Jacket - $32
Simplicity top - $5.25
Linen pants - $6
extras - $10 (interfacing, buttons, thread)
Total - $101.25
And think of all the money I won't be able to spend, because I will be too busy sewing.
I plan to post blog for each of these garments as I make them.