I often buy fabric online. I know that there are people who never buy fabric online. They worry that they will hate their purchase once they see it in person. Usually, I’m really happy with my online purchases.
This was not the case with this fabric. I had mistakenly assumed that the lozenges were tall and thin rather than wide. I also didn’t read the colors properly on my computer screen. I had thought that there was a rich red in the fabric. Instead it was a not very interesting magenta.
I hadn’t paid very much for the yardage but it bothered me each time I saw it in my stash. today I decided to turn it into a dress. My friend Ann deals with border prints by cutting off the borders and throwing them away.
I love border prints. I decided to make this into a cowl necked dress. I like how you can get visually complicated shaping with relatively little effort. I cut the back normally, as a fitted tank dress.
For the front, I got a little tricky. I was using an existing dress as a pattern. I just bent the bodice sideways. The dotted line indicates the new placement, and I cut around the side in it’s new place and used X-ray vision to cut the neckline properly.
This was the result. I added the border to the bottom because otherwise the dress would have been too short for me, a 51 year old with less than stellar legs.
I cut the border like so:
I sewed together the border ( imperfectly). If I were more of a perfectionist I would have ended up with perfectly mitered stripes. Aligning the side seams of the border piece and the dress was easy.
This a closer view of the bodice.
So the end result not so great fabric is now a not bad dress.