Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Floral Fabric Finishes

Earlier this year I bought over four yards of a floral print knit (at Swanson's at $4 a yard!).  Not what I needed, but the pastels were pretty and the price was right.  I had been keeping an eye out for red or green to make a new dress, but it's been hard to find a non-polyester or nylon knit.  A burn test revealed this was lyocell (it smells like marshmallows - how odd).  It's really soft and has a nice drape and weight.

This is the dress pattern that I traced from a favorite dress and lately added some color in another project.  Goodness - I made that dress 10 years ago?!?  From what I remembered, the pattern takes takes about three yards.  So four and a half yards was more than enough.

The dress was supposed to be my August OMG, until my sewing machine choked on me because of the humidity.  But it's dryer now and I had no problems sewing it together.  I forget how slow it takes the machine to stitch a stretch stitch.  Boring!  It was hard not to run the machine too quickly.  At that rate, it could be another 10 years before I want to make another one?

I had well over a yard left of fabric (even with a piece I lost for mis-cutting the dress pattern.  I had a pattern for a tank top, but what I really needed was a summer nightshirt.  I extended the length of the tank top pattern, and voila!  knee-length shirt.  It figures I finished it in time to put it away for the winter.  

There's just scraps left.  I have plans for them, too, paired with some unused clothesline I found in my parents' basement.  Love my scrappy projects!

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Elm Street Quilts - October OMG (better late than never?)


  1. Yes, frugal as well as very pretty. I should really sew more practical things like this.

  2. Well done on your two pretty finishes.

  3. I love that fabric! You made 2 nice projects that you'll love to use.

  4. That's a great dress! Looks so perfect for your dancing with its swirly skirt. I love your night shirt, too! Fun!


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