Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Stash-Busting: It's Okay to Change Your Mind

4.15.2013

Stash-Busting: It's Okay to Change Your Mind

I'd like to tell you story about a cut of fabric. It was three or four years ago, I can't remember, and I was working at an alterations shop. A customer came in with a bunch of fabric that she didn't want and was giving to my boss. My boss was nice enough to share it with all the girls in the shop. I picked out about 3 yards of some soft red polka dotted fabric. I immediately was inspired to make a 50's inspired sweetheart neckline red polka dot dress like this one. (You can even see in my comment that I was thinking about red polka dots.) Well, time passed. And passed. And passed! And the dress never got made. The fabric just sat. I recently realized that 1) I might never get to it, 2) I am not a red person, so I might not wear it even if I did make it, 3) a bright red busy polka dot dress might be hard to wear and style. I figured that it was okay to change my original inspiration because then I would actually use it! So today I say, "It's okay to change your mind about a piece of fabric."
(Thank you, wind, for blowing at the perfect moment to make me look like I'm in an actual photoshoot!)
I used the same pattern that I used for my chambray shirt and white tie shirt. I love this pattern! It takes a little bit longer than a knit tee, but it's just a great looking shirt. It's a shirt that is comfortable, but looks really nice.
I decided to use the blingin' gem buttons that I didn't use for my white shirt. They are vintage buttons from my grandmother.
I cut the back hem and sides a little longer than the pattern for extra play room without any uneeded flashing.
I'm really glad I changed my mind so I would use the fabric and so I would have a fun new shirt to wear! I will definitely be wearing this shirt way more than I would wear a dress. Do you think it's okay to change your mind? Have you ever changed your mind on fabric?

11 comments:

  1. Oh yes! this past year I have changed my mind on quite a few fabrics, which has let me use them instead of keeping them in my closet waiting until I have the time or additional materials for the original plan.
    your shirt looks great! & made extra special with your grandmother's buttons :)

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  2. For sure! I've even changed my mind on *cut* fabric. Yikes! Not something I recommend. The shirt is great! Really beautiful and looks so comfy.

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  3. love your shirt! and yes... I keep changing my mind!!! =D

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  4. i love this as a shirt and that's such a great style for it!

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  5. I have a piece I hope to make up this week that I bought a good eight or nine years ago. It was originally intended for curtains but now it's going to be a pair of pants. And the shirt is terrific!

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  6. I change my mind 50 times before I commit. I really try to commit before a cut though! Found you on Threading my way, and looking forward to the series!

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  7. I change my mind all the time! LOL LOVE the shirt!
    Christine
    - ChrisW Designs

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  8. I change my mind often. But usually I just can't decide what I want to make. But sometimes the idea of doing anything I want to do with fabric is overwhelming.
    The shirt is so cute!
    Thanks for doing this series. I have loved it!

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  9. That shirt is so lovely and such a great use of your fabric. I have so many pieces of fabric that I bought for specific projects and can't bring myself to use for anything else. I've got to try it!

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  10. Love the pattern and it's so cute in the polka dot fabric...plus by using a pattern you had along with this given fabric and grandmother's buttons you essentially got a free shirt...can't beat that...looks great. In answer to the question... yes, I change my mind quite often...or buy fabric I like and then decide what to make.

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  11. Love it. I would totally wear that. I change my mind all the time. We are women aren't we?

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