I often see patterned fabrics and fall in love with them enough to bring them home with me.  It doesn’t always follow that there is an instant happy marriage between the fabric itself and a specific garment pattern or design, but eventually, with thought, I come up with an idea that I think I would like to wear.

Then I lay out the fabric, and stare at it for a while.yardage

And drape it this way.

crosswise – perhaps a bell sleeve?

And that way.


And end up, at the end of a few hours, having not cut even one piece, and a long way back from where I initially started because so many possibilities for the use of the fabric placement come to mind as I play with it, I have accomplished nothing.  I cannot commit, usually out of fear of ruining/wasting such pretty fabric on an imperfect design.

And another block of sewing time is gone.

Purple Pattern Placement

Ok, peeps.  As much as I’d love to have a blog about perfect sewing and all that, it’s just not possible because I’m not a perfect seamstress!  This blog post is a perfect case in point.  You all know I’m challenged in pattern placement if you’ve been reading this blog for a while.  Well, here’s my latest example of just how challenged I am.B SS-2011-416Now before you all panic, I’d like to let you all know that I’ve completely taken apart the bodice.  Commiserate with me, please.  As I sat waiting for a routine medical appointment with DD#2, I unpicked and entire bodice held together by triple stitching for stretch fabrics. Sometimes waiting for h-o-u-r-s for that specialist you see once a year is a godsend when one has dreaded tasks like this to accomplish.

dark purple sleevesdark purple lapAnd here’s the two new pattern placements I’m deciding between.  What do you think?  I’ve also changed the skirt pattern around.  I’m sorry for the crappy draping on the right, but I was wanting an idea of colour when I took these and didn’t really care much about perfect draping.

What do you think?  Maybe it should just be shortened?  This is really difficult for me!  Maybe I should stick to solid colours or tiny prints.  Or buy double the yardage when I’m working with a patterned fabric!!

Input and opinions, please please! I would like this dress to work and not be relegated to the magic closet for three years and then to the thrift shop after the pain of fabric cost has worn off.