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March 14

Sunday Stash: Silk Organza

I’ve always loved the vintage patterns that include a matching coat and I’ve really only bought them for the dress (the coat was just a bonus).  But once I saw the Butterick 6048 pattern with the matching jacket it was a different story.

I love the polka dot dress, but what makes it is the sheer overcoat (which I now know is called a redingote).  This makes me nostalgic for the ‘good ‘ol days’ when people dressed up all the time; not that I lived during this time but I sometimes wish people dressed up more so I have an occasion to wear fancy dresses.

About 2 weeks ago I was fabric shopping with my mom, when we came across a whole ton of embroidered silk organzas.  I immediately fell in love with a few, and in the back of my head I knew I had the perfect pattern in my stash (but not the yardage information).  So being a rational shopper (grrr rationality), I decided to hold off until I knew exactly how much I really needed.  I rarely buy fabric without having a specific project in mind or intended pattern to use in my stash.  Really, I think it helps me buy what I want, knowing I’ll eventually use fabric X with pattern Y.  Do you guys do this, or do you buy fabric you love and guestimate the yardage you need?

Anyhow, I left the shop (fishmans) empty handed, and finally had a chance to go back this Saturday.  I walked straight in towards the organzas and luckily it was still there.  hip hip

So here’s my silk organza in all it’s sheerness.

During the day, at the store I thought it was black, but when I started taking pictures of it, it really looks like a dark burgundy.  I have the organza on top of a black and a white fabric, but I think I like it best with the dark underneath. 

Here’s a closeup of the dots.

The colors look like icecream to me.  They’re little puffs of pistachio, strawberry, cherry, and mocha.  Mmmm, I’m making myself hungry.

This dress will be aways off, unfortunatly, but it’s now part of my fun fabric stash. 

I also pulled out this Butterick 6935 pattern, which I think has similar arm shape.

I think this will be a wonderful dress for the summer time picnics I’m envisioning, while I’m dealing with the remains of the Chicago winter.

Taking advantage of the silk organzas I found on sale at fishmans, I also had to buy this beauty.

Again, I have the organza over both black and white fabrics, and it really looks best under the white.  I love how feminie this fabric is.  And it would be so dreamy in the B6935 pattern too.  I really need someone to have a wedding so I can attend and wear this dress.  heh

Here’s a detail shot.  Part of the print is actually embroidered with some black chain stitches. 

Again, I doubt I’ll be making either of these two patterns in the near future, but they will be made someday since these two organzas are too pretty to sit for long. 

Well, that’s it for todays Sunday stash.  Sorry I didn’t get it posted till Monday, I was doing work-work most of the day and didn’t have a chance to take pictures until right before bed.

  1. Gina / Mar 14 2011

    This fabric, the last one you posted is just beautiful, I can’t imagine not finding something great to make with it. You are so lucky to live in an area that has nice fabrics. I just have Joanns. I love the dots fabric too, it’s gonna make such a great dress. I agree with you about dressing up. Sadly, we live in a jeans society. Frankly, I am tried of seeing 99% of the population in blue, do we lack that much imagination? I struggle most when people wear jeans to weddings and funerals! I really don’t like to see that.

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