A week ago or so I wrote a post and asked your opinion on what I should make for myself for the weddings I had coming up. In the eventuality, for my brother-in-laws wedding, I ended up wearing something I'd make a year ago for SWAP, as I just ran out of time.
But, You all convinced me to go ahead with the Scaasi dress pattern.
I got the muslin made - and I was so incredibly pleased with the fit that I began re-thinking the fabric choice.
Because I wanted this dress to do double duty for last weekends wedding and the one tomorrow, I was trying to tone down the level of formality.
My fabric choice was this silk tafetta with an embellished net for the sheer.
Well, the wedding tomorrow is more formal. Since I'd only managed the muslin last week, I had time to change my mind. (woman's perogative, don't you know?)
This is why I love having a stash.
Saashka was here Tuesday, and for several hours all we did was wallow in my stash.
And after wallowing in it, after she had to leave to get on the road to Louisville KY, I was putting away fabrics, and rethinking my fabric choices.
I love the taffeta above, but then, I've got a LOT of fabrics I love.
and this brings me to why I LOVE my stash...At this point in time, in our lives with all these almost grown and grown children who're getting married or going to college, I'm not in the position to be buying these Incredible fabrics. Not to mention that they're getting exceedingly hard to find...not to mention that indy fabric stores that carry quality fabrics are dropping like flies - topic for another day. And while I lament the fact that I have such a stash that I'm afraid I won't be able to use it all, I love being able to go down and pull fabrics and have choices, and all of my choices are fabrics I loved enough to buy in the first place. So, I went stash diving.
- The reasons to use the tafetta I'd chosen - I have it, and it would have been on the formal side but still acceptable for last weekends wedding.
- The reasons to continue to save it: I have 5 yds of the plain taffeta, 1 1/2 yd of that same taffeta beaded, the net you see in the above pic, another lace that coordinates with it, and a crinkle silk (like the crinkle silks that Candlelight Valley still has a couple of- fabulous stuff). This means that I have enough to work with for another mother of the ___ or other serious formal event, and I've got 3 more kids who're going to be going through this. If I used some of it now, I'll be potentially limiting myself later.
- I don't have lining, so it means I'd need to buy some fabric.
- And, in that same color family, I have the fabric for one short, stand alone garment, complete with lace, silk 4ply, and charmeuse for lining.
And in the great tradition that so many others out there right now are following, of taking a project and making it yet more complex, (Carolyn comes to mind immediately, but many of us are doing it), I've created about twice the work for myself with this dress, just by changing my fabric choices.
I'll start posting construction notes later.