The other day on our State of the Blog 2015 post we got a comment asking how we did on our goal to sew from our stash. Well, the answer is mixed! We’ve been sewing a lot from our woven fabric stash. For example, all 16 of the skirts we made for Skirting the Issue came from the stash. And lately, we’ve developed a new strategy, which is what today’s post is about. Here’s the plan; at least once a week, when we sew one of something we have planned, we sew another one with fabric from the stash and list it for sale in our Etsy shop. It doesn’t take much extra time to sew each step twice, and then when we’re finished, we have a brand new, salable item! Here are 2 examples today of skirts we’ve made using this strategy. Both these patterns are by Violette Field Threads.
When we made Annie’s Quinn skirt outfit, we had enough fabric left over to make a tiny version. This baby Quinn skirt is for size 18 months, and would be soooooo adorable on a little baby girl! The only change we made to the pattern was to finish the bottom of the skirt with bias tape rather than hem it. It’s a little tricky to hem this fabric.
And of course there’s a tiny exposed zipper on the back of the skirt.
This baby Quinn skirt is so full it can stand up on it’s own! If you buy this skirt from our Etsy shop, you’re going to have to promise to send us a photo of your baby girl!! Direct link to this skirt in our shop is here.
The second skirt we made with our sew from the stash policy is this little Lavinia skirt. It is a size 5 and 14.5 inches long.
We used some vintage rose fabric for one side of the reversible skirt and an adorable cartwheeling girl fabric for the other side. Seriously lovable skirt!
This reversible Lavinia skirt has a wide waistband and is very gathered, extending the wear of the skirt for a long time.
Here’s a closeup of those fun girls playing! Did you notice they’re wearing skirt? I mean. How could we resist fabric like that?
Direct link to this skirt in our shop is here. So if you were reading closely, you probably noticed we said we were sewing a lot from our WOVEN fabric stash. The good news is that it shrunk considerably. But the stash of knit fabric grew. Oh well, time for more sewing! So it’s not an official goal of ours for 2016, but we intend to keep sewing from (both!) fabric stashes and maybe even selling some of the fabric itself in our Etsy shop. We’d love it if you visit our Etsy shop.