I believe I have mentioned before a large bag of fabric I purchased from the thrift store for $4. So far, I have made a cooler for Patrick's lunches, a tablet carrying case, a onesie, and four no-sew fabric drawers out of the contents of this bag. Not bad for a bag of scraps, in my opinion. We can now add to that list a bridesmaid dress.
Inside this bag of fabric was a large assortment of random pieces of lavender crepe. I don't know what this fabric did in the past, but I think it may have offended someone. It was punished quite brutally by being cut into lots of odd-shaped, four-sided polygons. I can't imagine what the purpose of this was since none of it was cut nicely enough to have been table squares at a wedding or anything.
Putting aside all my ponderings on the history, however, I decided a long while back that this would be the perfect fabric to make a dress out of. None of the fabric pieces were large enough to just make any normal pattern for an adult, and unfortunately I had a boy, not a girl, so baby clothes were out (That is unfortunately for the fabric, not for me). Thus, I had to get creative.
|Lots of sad, non-square scraps.|
So, in any case, I came up with a plan for a handkerchief hem and a top made of lots of strips of fabric cut from my squares. Then, I had a terrible time trying to make up a pattern for myself without a dress form, decided that even if I could make a good dress form out of duck tape or something I would have nowhere for it to go, put the fabric in my couch turned craft chest, and got caught up in other projects.
Then I found out Patrick's sister Alysa needed a lavender dress for a wedding. This fabric had always screamed wedding to me (though part of that was probably the sheer quantity of random pieces), so I figured it would be perfect.
We altered the original plan because Alysa is not as flat chested as I am, so we adapted for her body shape. I must say, I really like the way this skirt turned out instead of the handkerchief hem I had originally planned.
All in all, I think it worked out well and now I feel this fabric has been redeemed. I felt kind of bad for it before. There are several mistakes I didn't have time to fix and some things I would have done differently if I had more time or bigger pieces of fabric. Still, I am pleased with what I accomplished in a few days out of a pile of scraps with a nine month old trying to push the pedal to my sewing machine.
My favorite part of the dress is the textural stripe effect.
And that is well complimented by Alysa's impressive sandal tan. Can we all just admire it for a second?