I don’t consider myself a hoarder. In fact, I get lots of joy out of throwing away meaningless crap. But when it come to my fabric, I’ve got a big issue: Too much scrap fabric and nothing to do with it. When you sew primarily adult sized clothing, you always end up with these random shaped pieces of leftover fabric. And since most are rayon, voile, or knit, I can’t even give them away to my quilting friends (trust me, I’ve tried). And before you start screaming scarfs! headbands! let me stop you… been there, done that. So I decide to see what new ideas I could make with these scraps. My first solution: a crop top. I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t she almost 35? Didn’t she just have a baby? You are correct, my friends. But this crop top would be worn as a short shirt underneath another layer, creating the illusion of a two piece top or dress. I’ve been seeing a lot of these slip dresses online:
And I suddenly remembered an old black slip in my closet from Express. I think probably circa 1998. And alas that’s how a 1/3 yard scrap of this:…became this:My bangs are in an evolutionary stage right now, so lets ignore the sideburn/bang situation and get that out of the way and move on. To create the top, I decided to use the bodice portion of the Washi dress pattern, simply because I adore those tiny cap sleeves and I had just enough fabric for a front bodice, back bodice, and two small sleeves. There was not enough scrap to make neckline facings so I simply folded under and top stitched the neckline. As mentioned earlier, the black slip is an old store bought item. But if you’re interested in replicating this project and making it a true DIY creation, April Rhodes has a slip pattern as part of her Date Night Dress that is a quick sew.The fabric is an Art Gallery voile that I had leftover from this maxi skirt. It was already pre washed and ready for some loving, just needed to be pressed really well as it had been stored away in a crumpled state for nearly two years. I wore my new two piece top on Saturday running errands and feeding the ducks at the pond with Will and Liam. I like how it looks as a top paired with skinny jeans and my favorite booties. But I kind of want to replicate this look again to wear as a dress.That’s it for now, one piece of scrap gone plus a new outfit for $0. Come back and visit soon. Liam and I will be here sorting through bags of scrap fabric seeing what else I can come up with!