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I love the versatility of fabric. People will pick up the exact same materials and imagine completely different ways of using it. It’s amazing how much something can be made into so many diverse garments!
When fabric.com challenged me to using one fabric in three different ways, I leapt at the chance to put my imagination to the test and come up with three gorgeous items!
The fabric I chose was from Telio's Tencel Linen Collection – a right on trend gorgeous brick red cupro/tencel/linen mix which has a gorgeous sheen to it. I’m a big fan of using more eco-friendly fibers like tencel and cupro where I can! Besides being made in environmentally conscious ways, these fibers retain all the goodness of cotton like being moisture wicking, breathable, and soft. This fabric has a bit of weight to it and a lovely drape which made it perfect for the three projects I had in mind!
The first of which is the perfect fall skirt!
I used the McCall’s 7813 skirt pattern to create a midi length wrap skirt. I chose to make View A which shows of a high waist, A-line shape and a fabric belt. This was a beautifully easy garment to sew up. I opted to use a proper button instead of the sew in metal snap the pattern recommends just so I felt a little more secure in it but it’s covered by the belt either way!
The fabric flows beautifully as I walk in this skirt!
This skirt, heels and a chunky knit sweater combo is definitely going to be a wardrobe staple this winter.
My second make with this fabric uses a pattern that I’ve been planning on making for a very long time. It’s the Kalle shirt/ shirtdress from Closet Case Patterns!
OK, so this make might be a little out of season for the UK right now since it’s getting a little chilly right now but I just couldn’t help it! When you know a pattern and fabric are the right match, sometimes you just have to go for it.
I made the dress version of the Kalle with the popover placket. I chose to do the popover over the regular button band for no reason other than to try something new! I love challenging myself and with instructions from Closet Case Patterns, I knew it would be a great opportunity to try a new technique.
This one will be perfect with sandals or trainers in the summer though I might need to start layering it up because I don’t think I can wait that long to wear it!
My third (and favourite make) is the jumpsuit I made using the Butterick 5652 pattern. I had a feeling before I started sewing these garments that this would be my favorite and I was right – I always love a jumpsuit!
The pattern comes with several different views – a tunic, dress, jumpsuit and pants – all simple and very loose fitted. It’s one of those patterns where you know in the right fabric and styled well would look amazing!
I think mine turned out pretty well!
I adjusted the pattern slightly on mine to lower the neckline a little. I also finished it with a facing instead of a bias binding. I shortened the torso by an inch and lengthened the leg by 2 inches. Lots of little adjustments to make it just right!
It does need to be belted though but luckily I’d already made a fabric one from my skirt project!
I love how such a simple pattern can be transformed into quite a glamorous looking outfit with the right fabric!
So these are my three garments! They’re the perfect rust toned additions to my wardrobe that can be worn year round. I’m so pleased with how they’ve turned out.