Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Using up leftovers

I don't like them in my fridge, but even more I don't want them in my workroom. Scraps I can throw out without guilt, moderately sized pieces I have a few issues with getting rid of, and larger chunks cause me outright pain as they sit their in the remnant box, taunting me.

There were some remnants of that Holy Hollyhocks jersey leftover from my Wardrobe Contest entry. I love that fabric, I love the top I made with it, and seeing any of it go to waste just bothered me. So cutting carefully and using some random brown jersey I had, I squeezed out New Look 6405, a pattern I've made before and a very economical one for fabric scraps. I had to cut the back in two pieces, rather than on the fold, but otherwise it didn't require too much tricky fabric manipulation, and probably only one or two swear words - because the machine tried to suck in the jersey and I ran all the major seams with a strip of tracing paper underneath that I could tear away afterward.

Now I have enough scraps to make a hanky, and I don't feel guilt-ridden about getting rid of them.

P.S. My backup machine, my trusty Singer, is back from the repair shop and it only cost me $89 for them to rescue the feed dogs from where they had dropped, deep into her insides. Welcome back, Baby, you were missed.


Meg said...

Well aren't you the clever gal! Nice work licking up every last drop of fabric and turning out a cute top like this.

Shannon said...

That fabric is wonderful. I love both the tops you made from it!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Love that new top and how you managed to use up the scraps...maybe I should send you some of mine!!!

Kitty Couture said...

He he, I know that fabric - I remember your first top, of course, and know how well these colours suit you. How nice that you were able to stretch it towards another top. Looks great!