So we have just entered my birthday month and I have been reminiscing the grand time I had last year. My dearest threw me a birthday party and invited the 30 most nearest and dearest to me.
A number of gifts I received were beautiful fabric in Pacific Islands, Indonesian, and African prints. Most of these I had stitched right away, but never got around to posting about them.
Of the Pacific Island prints, I made straight dresses dressed up in belts or bows. The African/Ankara print was made into a fit and flare dress with off-shoulders.
The black batik print is what I haven’t dared to stitch yet. Hopefully I get the time to work on it before the next time I turn 30!
It has been a while since my last project. Keeping a work-life balance is difficult sometimes. And sometimes, I am lazy.
Eventhough lazy, create I must. So I have been working on simple shift dresses. Over the last few months of 2016, I had been hoarding fabric. I had bought multiple prints in only one meter pieces. Initally I had though I would make blouses out of these (I am becoming a pant person) but assessing the amount of fabric that would be leftover and potentially unuseable, I decided against it. Went with shift dresses instead.
These dresses are simple to cut and stitch. I have previously made a few without sleeves, but the fabric width allowed sleeves so I went for it. Of the seven prints, 3 were of similar fabric, soft and flowy; and these are the ones which I transformed into summer shifts.
For sometime now I have been trying to find a monochrome fabric to cover up the old and ugly planter for my yellow palm. I considered just changing the pot, but decided against it as I am afraid I might damage the roots while re-potting. So I thought of placing it in a fabric plant holder. I especially liked this idea as I could easy change the planter if I wanted to shift the plant to a room with a different colour scheme.
While looking for and failing to find the right print/feel for the fabric, I came across this canvas type white fabric at Atlas [Suva City branch]. It had the right feel, but no prints. No problem I thought to myself, you can do your own designs. And so here I was this weekend, cutting out stencils from used plastic binder covers and getting fabric paint under my nails.
I made one big planter and had fabric left over, so made a few smaller ones as well. I am absolutely pleased with the outcome!
Just for reference, here is a picture of what I am hiding under that gorgeous planter.
Even though I love solid colours [black], my heart does from time to time skip a beat on sighting prints. So when I set my eyes upon this print fabric, I bought more than I needed and ended up making a dress and a shirt; and I rarely make shirts.
The shirt was for my sweetheart. And for myself I made a sweetheart neckline, off-shoulder dress.
I recently indulged in a bit of fabric shopping. There are very few places in Suva where one can get quality and unique fabrics and you can count them on one hand.
One of my favourite is Atlas in Marks Street. They have a wide range and the cheapest deals on the rolls which are almost gone.
I purchased two prints and a plain black fabrics The prints were at $2.50 per metre.
After getting hyped up from stitching the Batik, I decided to stitch up a shift dress in the silky fabric. I followed the same cut, except kept the dress a bit loose to avoid using zipper (I am too lazy to insert zippers).
Since I will be starting work soonish, I think this would be perfect for the office.
So this is my $2.50 dress made from just 1m fabric.
There you go! Two dresses done in one day.
PS. I don’t have a lot of time, I just find it really hard to stop stitching once I start 🙂