How’s your Scraptember going? Mine got a whole lot better this weekend when my project finally started to look like a garment. I got so excited that I finished it sooner than I’d expected. Sometimes I get a little antsy when I’m doing piece work – it can take a little longer than normal projects to look promising.
Anyway, it’s done. And surprise! It’s made from grey and blue linen scraps!
I was planning on making a longer, button-less version of what I made for my two-piece set, but I kept returning to the idea of adding a gathered-rectangle skirt to the bottom so I could wear it as a tunic. I had some actual yardage of one of my scrap fabrics, the silver coated linen, and I went for it. (I probably would have picked one of the other fabrics if I’d had the choice as the linen is pretty heavy, but they were down to their scrappiest scraps.)
Nothing too fancy to note in terms of construction; I stitched the scraps together and serged. I liked the idea of a triangle in the middle and placed it so it would end right on the finished neckline. I used my dartless tank pattern that I drafted off my sloper and pieced around the triangles until I had enough fabric. The neckline and arms are finished by – what else – more scraps.
I was thinking about mimicking the triangle on the back but went for strips instead as it fit the scraps I had better.
I was a little concerned that the transition from the solids to the strips would be jarring, but I really like it.
Just for funsies, here are the projects that my scraps came from:
- Silver linen: Would-be NYE dress
- Light grey linen: a gift from Gail during the Stashbusting Swap
- Dark grey in the front: Isabecca tunic
- White linen: Mathilde
- Blue linen: Little linen outfit (aka the two-piece set)
- Dark grey in the back: Solar-Lunar panels top
- Bias binding: not-really-blogged Vogue 1247
In other scrap news, I took a spin through my scraps during this project and decided to remove the pieces I didn’t like. It’s a complete no-brainer, but the artist (hoarder) in me always thinks I’m going to strike on some fantastic scrappy color combo even with colors and prints I don’t like.With a few years into scrap hoarding under my belt, I’m noticing it doesn’t really happen. Another part of me – a hoarder without artistic ambitions – has a hard time throwing anything vaguely useful into a landfill. I’ll be researching textile recycling options for those undesirable scraps… aided by triangle power!