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Topic: What do you do with small amounts of fabric? Cut and un-cut lengths.  (Read 1178 times)
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« on: January 15, 2011 04:30:14 PM »

A few years ago I bought this gorgeous sheer chiffon fabric that's printed with navy blue swallows. The problem is I bought it from the remnant bin so I only got a yard and a half. I found it while cleaning out my fabric stash. I don't want to give it away or sell it because it's pretty, but I just don't know what to do with it.

I don't really wear blouses but don't know how to incorporate it into a dress. Any ideas?



I also have fabric from two failed dress projects (a dress that I messed up the pattern and a dress that I burned a large part of the bodice with the iron). Since I was making a dress the fabric has been cut up. I didn't want to throw it out because there's a lot of fabric even though it's in pieces. I have maybe a yard of either dress fabric that is un-cut but originally I had about 6 yards of each.

I've searched around for ideas on what to do with the cut pieces but I've really only found threads suggesting gibbous clothing. I'm not really a fan of that style and the fabric pattern and material seems too fancy to make something like that. The patterned fabric is brocade and the solid fabric is some sort of poly-blend with a slight sheen.
  This stuff blows to photograph! But it's about one shade lighter than the solid because it's slightly more blue. But it the other side is gold with purple flowers and works with either side showing.


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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2011 05:10:35 PM »

I am very interested in what to do with small bits of fabric because I have ruined so many sewing projects, resulting in smaller and smaller pieces of fabric.

Here is a thread of scrap inspiration:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271663.0

Hope that helps some!  Smiley



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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2011 06:36:21 PM »

You could make a dress with a chiffon yoke/sleeves. It can work with almost any style of dress. I didn't have much luck googling for chiffon ones but "lace yoke dress" brought up some examples like this one: http://thelist.wearit.com/images/nordstrom/absbyallenschwartz_daydresses_9958_200w.jpg
You could do something like they have with the lace except with just chiffon. It's sort of the illusion that you're wearing a blouse underneath.
Here's a very different dress style but also with a chiffon top: http://www.babyssb.co.jp/shopping/ap/onepiece/106P334/n.jpg
I could see yours working well as a yoke with some flutter sleeves.
Sorry, no ideas for the other fabric.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2011 06:47:15 PM »

those are all gorgeous! they look like they would make nice purses, or maybe an obi-style sash to wear with dresses or sweaters?
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2011 08:28:03 AM »

You can also use lightweight fabric as godets in a skirt made from other fabric or from thrifted trousers. 


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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2011 03:12:22 PM »

The first fabric in the picture looks like something you could salvage by cutting into shapes and placing them on denim, like shorts or the like. I know I saw a pair at my local Lucky Brand jeans store, but I didn't see anything on their website for a photo. Gah. But yeah. I've seen denim shorts with hearts hand stitched into them, or with multiple layers of squares/rectangles to give it a slightly 'personal' feel to them.

For the lighter stuff, though, I'd say go for a dress. The lighter one could be used as fabric, and the deeper purple could be an accent trim for it, or a lining in the dress and then also made into off-the-shoulder sleeves for the dress, one of those classy looks. Either way, whatever you come up with, let us see the finished projects!
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