I love it when people give me fabric! Not because I'm cheap, but because I like that my friends think about me when they're going through their scraps. I love to create new things from old, and to do it on a shoestring budget too. I had an extra lovely greeting one Sunday at church, when a sweet friend met me with a bag of fabric stash.
I thought this old-fashioned floral piece had some potential. I tried it out with Simplicity 2320, a Project Runway inspired pattern. The dress has a square yoke with a cute little split/dippy notched neckline detail and a pleated skirt front.
When I finished sewing the dress, it looked like a pathetic floral choir robe. I didn't have enough of the right kind of trim for the bodice or sleeves. I went to bed that night scratching my head, but woke up with better ideas. I found a wide ribbon scrap and made some fabric rosettes to keep up with the crafty trend.
I will definitely be making this pattern again. I think it would work great with a solid color, to really show off the lines of the yoke and the pleats. I think a bigger, more modern print would work too. I'm also curious how it would sew up in knit, but right now my machine is skipping stitches when I work with knit. (Fingers crossed that it's a bent needle.)