Fabscrap

Patches

I mentioned Fab Scrap in a previous post and I’m mentioning them here again! I love what they are doing. Taking fabric that would normally end up in the landfill and providing it for me and you for purchase.

I bought a cool yard pack awhile ago and there was an awesome striped fabric in there. I’ve been seeing a bib dress all over Pinterest and that striped fabric would be perfect. When I unfolded the fabric to see how much was there, I realized the fabric wasn’t just striped. It was more of a patchwork kind of pattern. Oops! Never make plans until you thoroughly check your fabric! I was still adamant about doing the bib dress. There was plenty of large squares of design that I could work with.

I cut the squares of fabric apart and started laying them out to try to figure out what could be the bib, skirt, sleeves and where I was missing fabric. I had navy yardage also from Fab Scrap that would match well with the patchwork. I used it to fill in any holes.

Pretty much the dress equates to three rectangles; two for each sleeve and one for the body. From this pic, you can see the one for the sleeve. You can also spy where I added in the navy fabric.

The back bib is made from two pieces that had diagonal lines that I so carefully matched together. This mirrored the front piece and I was so chuffed at how well I got it to line up.

You can see the dress is not fitted. It’s loose and so comfortable. I did add elastic on the sides to take in a bit of the girth. The elastic is only in the area where the pattern is. It was an easy way to ensure I got the same gathering on both sides.

So the dress didn’t turn out like my original plan, but I think we got to a happy place. I end up wearing it, if not once a week, every other week. I think it’ll look awesome with boots!

Gauze Guys

If you follow my Instagram (@jamie_l_mac), you’ve seen I’ve mentioned a place called Fabscrap (@fab_scrap). It boils down to them recycling leftover fabrics from different companies in New York. You can checkout out their mission statement and shop their fabrics on their website.

I purchased a “cool yard pack” about a month ago. I chose to start with a pale blue gauze I received first. I thought this was going to be the fabric I would have forever and not know what to make with it. I did some research on Pinterest, like ya do. I found a loose peplum top.

I pulled out an old favorite of mine, Sorbetto from Colette (btw I still use the original version of this. Not the new fancy one). I omitted the bust darts and cut the top only down to my waist. I also cut a straight line down from the underarm to keep the top loose.

The peplum is made from a rectangle of fabric that is sewn together in the back. I serged the top and peplum together and top stitched the seam allowance up. The hem is turned up twice for a clean edge.

I made baby blue bias tape to put around the neck and arms. I was worried about being able to see it too easily and end up an eyesore. It actually blended in really well.

I think I was overdue for a relaxed summer top. This really fit the bill. Since the fabric is so light I do need to wear a tank underneath. I’m sure there’s people out there cool with just a bra but the world does not need to see that!


To leave you on a happy note, my best “blue steel”, stylized of course.