Honey, really, I don’t have enough…

The Spring Coat(s) have fallen by the way side of course. My next project(s) of fantasy desire will be fashioned from this gorgeous turquoise leopard print jersey from B&J Fabrics. Drool.

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My initial thoughts were a cowl neck top and a wrap dress.

Actually, this fabric looks a lot like the one Assorted Notions used for her Burda Blumarine wrap dress (Burdastyle Magazine 2011-06-139).


I don’t think it’s exactly the same, at least from what I can see of her close-ups. Mine has short strokes in the turquoise area presumably to simulate the furriness of leopard skin. Anyway, I love her wrap dress. But I’m not sure it would work so well on my rectangular figure – you need a bit of VaVaVroom to bring this preternatural creature to live. But at least it’s an option.

Then there’s Vogue 8379, a classic DvF style wrap dress that everyone seem to rave about.


Or the slightly straighter Vogue 8784, though that’s designed for woven rather than knit so might have too much ease.


And for the cowl neck, I think McCall 6078 view B can be pressed into service again, maybe with an extended collar to up the drape quotient.


Then I thought this cowl neck might be a good accent to build a wardrobe sewing plan around. Looking through my other swatches there are a few that would be a lovely combination with this. Hmmm…maybe I should make that wrap dress a separate 3/4 sleeve top and skirt to up the mix-and-match possibilities.

Maybe Vogue 8790 for the top and Burdastyle Magazine 2012-05-113 for the skirt. I’d probably line the skirt with a power mesh for a bit more heft – this knit is a bit on the thin side. And I’ll have to insert a zipper because the fabric doesn’t really have enough stretch.


I was getting quite giddy from the thoughts of all these possibilities. So imagine my dismay when I discovered that my 2-1/4 yards are not even enough for one of those wrap dresses.

With all my expensive fabric habit, I failed where it counts. Am so regretting not getting more. Now I can’t find anything as nice. 🙁

It’s always the case. I’d find some heavenly but expensive fabric. I’d think to myself if I only get a yard or two it’ll still be somewhat affordable. And then I’d find myself afraid to make anything because I have so little of it that I can’t decide what to make. Where as the uglier cheaper stuff I’d get yards and yards, but then not be inspired to make anything.

I’ll have to wait until my brother’s gone home to spread out the fabric and see what I can possibly squeeze out of it. Wish me luck on that!

But what do you think? If you have 2-1/4 yards of this fabric, what would you make? And if you find a gorgeous fabric what’s the minimum you’d usually buy?

0 comments on “Honey, really, I don’t have enough…

    • Yes, it may have to come to that. Or short sleeve or shorter skirt anyway. Sometimes limitations like this force one to be creative don’t they? 🙂

  1. Louise says:

    Ooooo–gorgeous fabric. I just bought the New Look6097 pattern (a faux wrap dress) and one reviewer on Pattern Review.com said she squeezed it out of 2.25 yards. However, I don’t know how wide your fabric is. Another possibility is to make a tunic that you could wear with leggings. Can’t wait to see what you make. I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts and seeing your creations. You are very talented!

    • New Look 6097: That’s a good idea – save fabric with a surplice bodice but normal skirt.

      My fabric is 60″ wide. I mean when I folded the thing in 8th it’s still big enough to cover from neck to below the knee. So I thought it would have more than enough for a wrap dress.

      And thank you very much for your compliment!

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