Waste not Want not!

A few years ago I bought a length a broderie anglais on my first visit to Goldhawk Road, I seem to recall it was only about £2.50 a metre and 60″ wide, so a bargain.I bought about 2.5m, a good length but never quite enough! It’s also quite a stiff fabric, so a flowy skirt wasn’t going to work.

Last summer I decided I’d try getting a dress out of it, I was about 50cm short. I had a mad idea that maybe if I opened the fabric out full width, I’d be able to wiggle the pieces closer together and get it out. The downside was that I couldn’t lay it all out to check…the bigger downside was that I still didn’t have enough fabric and had now cut several large pieces out of it! It has sat on the side looking reproachfully ever since!

Yesterday I decided to make a top out of it, I reasoned that from all the large pieces I should be able to get a top out. As it happened the was a fair sized piece obviously left from the end when I realised the last big piece wouldn’t fit. Perfect!

I chose an old Butterick pattern I’ve had for years, 3037, it’s got a mixture of tops and skirts and I realised I’d made the waistcoat style top before in a pansy linen a few years ago, I still wear it a lot and more importantly it still fits me!

The fabric has two stripes of embroidery, one in a heavy paisley design and the other in a much lighter lattice pattern. I decided to have the lighter pattern on seams and things like the centre front wherever I could, just to help reduce bulk at the seams.

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It went together really quickly, it’s fully lined, I used a light weight quilting cotton as I happened to have it in my stash, I also thought it would be cooler than the usual synthetic lining. I started cutting out after tea and by bed time I really just had the buttonholes and a little bit of finishing to do. It helped that I new the method of making a lined waistcoat and how to turn it through the side seams, so I didn’t need to follow the instructions, I could just get on and sew it.

Today I popped over to Hobbycraft to buy some buttons, typically I have a button box full of buttons and nothing to use! Hobbycraft don’t have a huge selection but I found some pretty mother of pearl flower ones.

I’m really pleased with my top, the stiffness of the fabric works well with the waistcoat style of the top. Here’s also a sneak preview of a pair of culottes I made a couple of weeks ago, I can’t share them properly until July when they go on the Minerva website but I love them, they’re really comfortable and I like their floatiness! I think I’ll be making another pair soon.

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About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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11 Responses to Waste not Want not!

  1. tialys says:

    That little broderie Anglaise waistcoat looks lovely – perfect for summer and will go with both skirts and trousers (and culottes 😉 )


  2. Steph says:

    Lovely outfit!

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  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I think this turned out very good. You will wear it a lot during the heat of summer and look cool.


  4. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Oh, these all look lovely—all combinations 😉, with that perfect blouse.Good for you for not binning the fabric after last summer. You’re inspiring me!


  5. Laura says:

    What a lovely, and very wearable, summer top!


  6. Carole says:

    I love that waistcoat. It looks gorgeous in that fabric 🙂


  7. Lovely, what a neat idea. Perhaps i should try my hand at sewing clothes for myself sometime.


  8. Jane M says:

    New top looks lovely and intrigued by your new culottes


  9. claire93 says:

    that’s a really lovely top, and it must feel good to have finally made something with that bargain priced broderie anglaise!


  10. kathyreeves says:

    A great save for some really lovely fabric, Margaret. It suits you so well!


  11. tinaor says:

    I love a bit of broderie anglaise and a nice top you’ve made with yours. Unfortunately the remnants in my stash aren’t enough to turn into anything else but I can’t part with them ‘just in case’ I need them in the future. You are right about hobby craft and buttons – one thing they definitely need to rectify, never ones I really like unless I am looking for basics and then they are usually overpriced too!


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