In Progress

modern babydoll dress bodice | whipstitch

On my cutting table right now.  I am back from Quilt Market (photos on my Instagram) and working on a sample of the Modern Babydoll Dress for my Summer Dresses e-course.  I’m working my way through all the variations I’ve dreamed up so I can share them with my class, and it’s giving me an excuse to cut into some fabrics I would otherwise have hoarded for…oh, I don’t know, FOREVER.  Like this double-gauze, which is delicious like butter.  I’m getting ready to add the bias tape treatment to the neckline, using a really obnoxious yellow quilting cotton that just happens to match flawlessly.

japanese double gauze french seam | whipstitch

Almost every version of this dress I have made so far has all French seams, and they are so fun to play with.  In a fabric with this weight, they’re such a perfect option, since it ravels so easily and is so lightweight.  Just perfect for summer.  And making me so glad I didn’t try to stuff this fabric into my (already overflowing) cabinet and never ever use it–so much funner to sew with it and get to show it off by wearing it, rather than keeping it locked up and forgotten.

What fabric have you been hoarding shamelessly all this time, wanting to cut into it but not quite being able to bring yourself to do it?  What would it take for you to finally take the plunge?  It would be totally fun to jump off the cliff together and have a gorgeous *something* to show for it later!

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  • DBChen
    May 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Love the fabric!

    I have some grey jersey printed with black peacocks feathers. I don’t have a pattern for it yet and have only just starts sewing knits. But it’s something to work towards

    • Deborah
      May 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Speaking of grey jersey–I have some Prada knit that I’ve been holding on to for a loooong time. Your comment made me start thinking about finding a pattern for it at long last!

  • Layne
    May 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Can you believe I’m still hoarding Heather Bailey’s Fresh Cut line from … how long ago?!!! I have plans in my head for it, but just can’t cut it yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Deborah
      May 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      I just put an outfit on my youngest today with fabric from this line! That was one of the very, very first collections I ever brought from–must have been five years ago. Love it so much–and it’s so fun to see on her. You should totally cut into it, dude. 🙂

  • Shalini
    May 29, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    <3 Love the fabric !!!