And a little giveaway - more on that at the end of the post.
So back in March, I challenged myself to use up all this fabric:
Well, I did it. I'm finally done. Well, almost. I'll explain that at the end. I'm hoping you can help.
My stash went from the picture above to the one below.
I would feel really great about it except that I was bad, very bad. My intent was to not buy any more fabric until I used up that big stack. I did okay for maybe the first 10 fabrics then I just went crazy. I think I bought more fabric than I ever had over the period of several months. Not sure what came over me. (Forced abstinence followed by a good tax return might have contributed.) I think I can live with myself though because I love all the fabric I bought.
The last piece I had to use up was some heavyweight navy linen. I had planned to make a little jacket out of one of my Japanese pattern books but had sort of lost the inspiration for that somewhere along the way. It's still a really cute jacket that I will probably eventually make. When I visited Gather Here a few weeks ago, true inspiration finally hit when I saw a model of Figgy's Rue jacket hanging up in the shop. There's also the Vien jacket for girls, but I really wanted to make the Rue jacket.
The Rue jacket is meant for boys, but I just liked it. I did make one girl accommodation and switched the buttons to be on the "girl" side. That got me wondering why the difference, so I googled it. Apparently no one really knows, but the explanation I like best is that the women who could afford buttons and such had a maid to dress them, so buttons for women were placed where they would be easier for the non-wearer to button. Whereas, men were more likely to dress themselves, so the buttons were placed where they would be easier for the wearer to button. That doesn't jive with my Downton Abbey watching where the main guy (forgot his name already) had a valet to dress him. Anyway, I still like the explanation.
I made the size 6/7 because the 4/5 seemed like it would be too small, or at least, not last very long. The 6/7 is way huge on her, but it should fit for two falls and hopefully two springs.
The pattern was a bit difficult - at least for me. The sleeves ended up being too narrow, so I had to trim about half inch on either side of the body pieces. That made me a big cranky because I really prefer precision. The directions were also pretty sparse. I really should be okay with that, since I do a lot of Japanese sewing with no directions at all - but at least there are diagrams. Don't let that deter you from trying the coat if you really like it. You'll be able to figure it out. And also, definitely don't let that deter you from trying other Figgy's patterns. I made the Ayashe shirt recently, and that pattern was perfect.
In any case, there are a lot of really nice details that I love in a pattern . . .
Little tabs on the sleeves.
(Sorry for the wrinkles. The sleeves are so long. She has to wear them rolled up.)
A belted back.
Lots of buttons, but only two of which needed buttonholes which makes buttoning easier and faster. Not to mention, I don't love making buttonholes.
A button loop at the top for two different wearing options. Buttoned all the way up.
Or with the loop undone for a more lapel-ish look.
And the lining is very professional-looking. I used this percale that used to be a twin-sized pottery barn duvet cover. I think I bought it at some outlet in Wrentham, MA over 10 years ago, never used it for its intended purpose and finally realized it would be great fabric. I've used it in a bunch of places since then.
I asked Addie to stand in front of the trees.
Here she is explaining to me that they're not trees. I said, "Okay fine, bushes then". That wasn't right either. Apparently, it's a tree wall.
Boy, is this a rambly post or what? If you've read this far, you really deserve to win my giveaway. So the last fabric in my stash is about 1 1/3 yards of Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley Wall Flower in Piney Woods (a.k.a green).
Sorry, the color didn't come out too well in my iPhone picture. There's a better photo here at FabricWorm.
Anyway, I've stared at this fabric for a long time, and I decided I'm just not crazy about it. I don't think it's a great color for Addie, and I don't think I'd use it in a quilt any time soon, so I'd love it if you would take it off my hands.
Just leave a comment to win. I'll pick a winner on Friday (9/14). I will ship internationally. You can just leave any old comment, but if you sew for your kids, I'd love to know what you plan to do when your kids grow out of the clothes you've lovingly made. It's something that torments me (I have a small stack already). I could cut them up and reuse the fabric, but I'm not I'm capable of that. I could save them for my grandkids, but I'm not sure my kids would care about the clothes enough to make their kids actually wear them (and that better be a really long way away). I saw where someone had an on-line yard sale. I think that's the best idea yet. At least you know then they're going to someone who actually wants them and can get a few bucks to buy more fabric at the same time.
Sorry for the super long post. Thanks for reading!