If you have read any of my recent posts for this blog, you will already know that I’ve been thinking a lot about ways to use smaller pieces of fabric you may have in your stash. I find it very frustrating when I have a great piece of fabric, perhaps in an amazing print or a luscious colour, but there’s not enough for a whole garment. But I know that, with a little applied creativity, these pieces can still be incorporated into a garment.
We have already discussed using small pieces to add internal contrasts like pocket bags and facings, and if you know any little’uns, making children’s clothes. But what if your piece is too pretty to be hidden on the inside or made into something that isn’t for you?! There are heaps of patterns out there that call for contrasting fabrics, particularly if vintage/retro stylings are your bent. Check out the two dress styles below:
The Macaron dress is an awesome example of a pattern which calls for a smaller piece of contrast fabric. Just check out the gallery to see some of the inventive fabric combinations some seamstresses have used.
Of course, you can still apply contrasting fabrics to sewing patterns that don’t specifically specify the need for an alternate fabric. Any dress pattern that has a seam at the waist or under the bust can be made in two different fabrics which, incidentally, is actually a look that is very popular in high street stores right now. It creates the illusion of two separate garments but with the ease of wear and sleeker silhouette that you get when wearing a dress. I applied this idea to the Coffee Date dress pattern available at Burdastyle, pictured below:
Do you have a dress pattern with a waist seam that could be made in two fabrics instead of one? Vintage patterns, in particular, often call for so much fabric that splitting the total amount of fabric required into two smaller lengths might mean you are finally able to use some of those special stashed away treasures! These dresses below could look stunning made with two contrasting fabrics. Imagine the variety of looks you could create from the same dress design!