Thursday, 17 May 2012

I Will Wear It In Public (once I decide what 'it' will be)

As the title suggests, I've yet to decide upon what to make for the 'I Will Wear It In Public' challenge.

I previously wrote that I was leaning towards shirring, but to be honest I'm not all that crazy about the look. Or perhaps that's down to how high street fashion shops are currently using shirring--along the bottom of a loose-fitting top. Really not my kind of thing!

But I digress. Here are a couple of pieces of fabric I've been thinking of using for sewing projects:

This is just regular printed cotton; I have around 3 metres of it but it isn't very wide (I'd guess around 45-65cm) Originally bought it with the intention of making a dress, then decided that the flowers were too small. I'm still considering using it to make a dress, with shirring at the waist, though I'm not sure of the design.

This fabric is (according to the print on the selvedge) 100% silk. It measures approx 1m x 1m 60cm. I would love to make some super-wide-legged trousers from this vibrant fabric! My misgivings are that I'd have to make them with the print going horizontally, as above (not that flattering) and that silk trousers aren't all that practical, especially when you have five cats!
Still, isn't the print gorgeous?

I'm actually really stuck on this challenge! The 'try something new' part of it is what is troubling me most, I think...Also I'm still distracted with making costumes for later in the year, which I wrote about previously!

If anybody has suggestions, I'm all ears!


  1. both fabrics are absolutely beautiful... i have a beautiful dress, kinda princess cut but ultra short, and the fabric looks like the first one.
    second print is amazing!!!
    such a difficult decision!

  2. Ohhhh this is a pickle! I have absolutely no advice as I've never made clothing, but if you like the silky fabric, how about some pj bottoms or something. I'm sure I've been next to useless, hopefully someone else will be along with some helpful advice.

  3. What about shirring on the yolk of something... a little on each side, not right across??? Shirring on sleeves???

  4. I love, love, love the silk fabric! Can you turn the material and make a poncho type shirt with the lines going vertically?! Whatever you decide, I would use the scraps to make silk cloth beads!


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