This week I took all those teeny scraps that come from serging and squaring up quilt blocks and turned them into fabric! Pretty cool, huh? I had been saving piles of the smallest scraps for a different project, but when this idea hit I set to sorting those cast offs by color and crossed my fingers that this would work. I used a simple white muslin fabric for the backing and then sandwiched the scraps and thread and even some cording with wash away stabilizer on top. Then it was a matter of stitching over the stabilizer until I thought the scraps would stay put. I decided a grid would contain everything best so I stitched rows 3/8" apart both vertically and horizontally across the fabric. For the skirt I placed the scraps in a blended rainbow order and for the bodice tops I used all of my shades of pink. Once everything had been stitched I soaked the fabric in water so the stabilizer would dissolve. The resulting fabric is soft and the weight isn't much different than the weight of the original fabrics would have been. It is as easy to sew as a heavy denim might be in some of the thicker areas, but totally malleable and even WASHABLE which is great for a child's garment.
I used a white stretch sateen fabric for the middle bodice (and the bodice lining as well). I love the stretch of the sateen and it's really soft against Bean's skin, but it is also a bottom weight so it has enough heft to hold up the skirt without pulling. The white has a subtle sheen to it so I thought it would help brighten the dress even more. I drafted a fully lined drop-waisted dress with faux cap sleeves and a 3/4 circle skirt. Bean is growing up more than out right now so the drop-waist should allow for wearing this dress through the summer and maybe beyond. The back has an invisible zipper than extends below the skirt so there should be plenty of room to get it on and off as she grows. And finally the circle skirt is bound with a piece of double fold bias binding that I made from one of my bleach-dyed cast offs from last week. The color was too berry for the Nantucket red look, but works perfectly with the colors of this No Scrap Too Small Dress. Please come by and see ALL the details including more of the fabric process pics at Call Ajaire.
You can look out for an updated article in the One Thimble Issue 12 magazine due to release later this summer. Now I want to tag Celina from Petit a Petit and Family.
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