Stashbusting for Summer Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, I made another attempt at working my way through my ‘beyond life expectancy’ fabric stash.

A little while ago a fellow blogger – I’m pretty sure it was Del over at CurlsnSkirls – mentioned a free pattern for some wide legged trousers and added a link.  The trousers aren’t really my style because I’m quite short but there were some other patterns on there and I found one for a nice, simple, fitted dress.

Well, she looks happy with it!

Lots of buttons though!

Another trawl through my dressmaking fabric stash and I came up with this linen mix that has been around for ages and, again, I can’t remember where I got it but think it might have been from Ikea.

I wondered about using stripes with princess seams as matching is virtually (if not totally) impossible but it doesn’t seem to have mattered.

The top is faced so the armholes and neck are finished by doing the tricksy rolling up thing and pulling it out of an opening somewhere which I seem to be doing a lot of in dressmaking lately.

It would be possible to wear something underneath this – a short sleeved tee for example – which, if the weather doesn’t warm up more consistently soon, I might well have to do.

Here’s a link to the free pattern   if you fancy making one yourself – it’s a good stash buster for the button jar too!

Just time to thank the appreciative audience before going back inside.

Yes, for long time readers that’s little Yuki and, for more recent ones, yes, she only has half a tail.


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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on May 29, 2019 - 10:11

    Looking good!

  2. #3 by claire93 on May 29, 2019 - 10:49

    ooohh really like that style on you! Quite fancy that style on me too, but when I click on download, nothing happens. Do I need to sign in and create an account?

    • #4 by tialys on May 29, 2019 - 11:32

      They do ask for your email address before they let you download it but I don’t think I’ve ever received any spam mail from them since I downloaded it some months ago so I think you’d be safe. Let me know if it still doesn’t work.

      • #5 by claire93 on May 29, 2019 - 15:51

        yup, strange, because I can download the instructions part, but not the pattern. Nevermind, I’ve got plenty of patterns to be going along with.

  3. #6 by Going Batty in Wales on May 29, 2019 - 10:54

    That looks good!

    • #7 by tialys on May 29, 2019 - 11:29

      Thank you – I might make again in a fabric with slightly more structure. I have some in my stash you won’t be surprised to learn!

  4. #8 by katechiconi on May 29, 2019 - 11:07

    Actually, as we’re coming into winter, I’m thinking it would look pretty good with a long sleeved T shirt and some leggings underneath too! And could you send me the link for the wide leg pants, because although I’m probably just as short, I’m also wide and don’t do anything that’s fitted enough to show off my thighs!

    • #9 by tialys on May 29, 2019 - 11:26

      I think it would look good with a long sleeved T shirt too, definitely. The link for the pants pattern is here

      • #10 by katechiconi on May 29, 2019 - 13:22

        Thanks for the link: I took a look, but being waistless and rather square, the nice high-waisted fitted style wouldn’t work on me. The search continues for the perfect capacious wide leg pant…

  5. #11 by wendyfromthewest on May 29, 2019 - 11:21

    Looks lovely on you – I might have a go at that one.

    • #12 by tialys on May 29, 2019 - 11:28

      It’s nice to have the shape with the princess seams – I think it would look good in soft denim or in a needlecord for autumn/winter too.

  6. #13 by CurlsnSkirls on May 29, 2019 - 11:33

    Amongst others, such as Anne over at Compulsive Seamstress, we’ve been sharing the trouser pattern. It is from Peppermint Magazine, and a link to **all** their free patterns is here:
    No, you do not have to join or create an account. At least I never have. Enjoy, everyone!
    Ms. Tialys, this looks a real treat of an outfit, and you did a marvelous job! At first glance, the buttons seem to echo your hair. But it’s waaay too early in the morning over here, so take that with a bit of salt. 😉 Am also trying to get sewing up things from deep in The Collection this summer. Oh. Give Yuki a special pat for putting up with that halved plume.
    😻 cat power! 😻

    • #14 by CurlsnSkirls on May 29, 2019 - 11:34

      … should be echo you hair colour… 🥴

    • #15 by tialys on May 29, 2019 - 13:06

      Thanks Del.
      I gave Yuki a pat from you and she gave a little miaow – or she would have done if she wasn’t mute, another consequence of her bad start in life. I actually like the plume though because her tail is nearly always upright like a little banner so I can find her in the long grass.

  7. #17 by KerryCan on May 29, 2019 - 12:13

    It’s a lovely dress and looks great on you . . . but I got all hung up admiring Yuki! Such a pretty girl!

    • #18 by tialys on May 29, 2019 - 13:03

      Well, they say never work with children or animals 😂

  8. #19 by tinaor on May 29, 2019 - 13:43

    Lovely dress. I like your comment about doing the tricksy rolling up thing and pulling it out of an opening somewhere – know what you mean – I’ve done it with a bag and a top and you think ‘well that’s never going to pop out correctly – but it does!

  9. #22 by DawnGillDesigns on May 29, 2019 - 16:08

    great frock. 🙂

  10. #24 by magpiesue on May 29, 2019 - 16:46

    It looks wonderful on you! I’d say that was stash well used, no matter how long it took to get there. 😉

  11. #26 by Laurie Graves on May 29, 2019 - 18:40

    So nice for summer! Now if only warm weather will come. Chilly in Maine, too.

    • #27 by tialys on May 31, 2019 - 11:39

      It’s warming up nicely now – I’ll be complaining it’s too hot before too long. There’s no pleasing some people 😉

  12. #29 by thecontentedcrafter on May 29, 2019 - 21:38

    I was thinking how nice you and your new dress looks, but I’m afraid you were completely upstaged by little Yuki! What a pretty girl – she quite overcomes the short tailed look with that happy reception of your hand.

    • #30 by tialys on May 31, 2019 - 11:38

      Well, if I have to be upstaged by anybody, it may as well by dear little Yuki.

  13. #31 by kathyreeves on May 30, 2019 - 04:32

    What a comfy looking dress…you look happy in it too! Yuki looks to be a sweet cat, but I’m mooning over the iris I. The background! 😆

    • #32 by tialys on May 31, 2019 - 11:36

      Can you grow Iris there? Mind you, you’re so busy with all the veggies – you’d never have any time for sewing.

      • #33 by kathyreeves on June 1, 2019 - 02:02

        Iris do great here! I will have pix next week I think. The purples are about ready to bloom!

      • #34 by tialys on June 1, 2019 - 09:10

        That’s good – reading blogs from all over, I can never remember who said what won’t grow where. Look forward to your pix and I’ll try to commit them (and their location) to memory 😉

  14. #35 by nottaholiday on May 30, 2019 - 05:57

    Looks so comfy and stylish. AND you used your stash so double kudos!! That’s a great style and you could use it for a shorter tunic as well. I have just returned from a weekend away with the 25year+ friendship group we call UFOS. nothing like a three day retreat to bust a stash, although I would need to be doing it every weekend for the next 10 years I suspect.

    • #36 by tialys on May 31, 2019 - 11:34

      That sounds like a great idea.

  15. #37 by Dartmoor Yarns on May 31, 2019 - 11:24

    Lovely dress – nice and cool for summer. Lots of buttons look great!
    Not upstaged by Yuki at all.

  16. #39 by dezertsuz on June 2, 2019 - 14:22

    It looks great! I like your willingness to experiment with stripes. You do find the best patterns.

  17. #40 by nanacathy2 on June 3, 2019 - 16:18

    It looks lovely and so do you in it. Well done on the stash busting.

    • #41 by tialys on June 3, 2019 - 18:03

      Thanks Cathy – on all counts x

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