Sewing the Stash - April

Hello everyone!  Today I have my picks for April.  As Spring is here in the Midwest, I have picked quite a few transitional pieces.  Our mornings here in Indiana are still quite cool, with it getting a bit warmer in the afternoon.  Therefore, I have picked two shirt patterns this month, one pants pattern, a skirt, and then a bonus outfit!  Without further ado . . .

Here is fabric number one.  If you follow me on Instagram (and you should!), I posted a stack of fabric that I ordered from Mood Fabrics after shopping in Florida with my mom and sister.  I am sewing up two of those fabrics this month.  The first is this amazing washed silk in a dusty rose color.  This is a Rag and Bone fabric and it feels amazing!  I have decided to make it into a Pussy Bow Blouse from Sew Over It.  Since Lisa is the inspiration for this series of posts, it only made sense to sew up some of her patterns.  As you saw last month, I am a complete fangirl of their Ultimate Shift Dress.  I am anticipating a similar feeling towards the two patterns I am sewing up this month.  I foresee many of these blouses in my future closet.

This is the second fabric from that Mood Fabrics haul.  It is also Rag and Bone and is an amazing double faced cotton.  Sorry for the color quality in the picture.  I'm still figuring out my photography!  It is a lovely pale gray on the one side and then a lovely linen color on the back.  I plan on making Grainline Studio's Archer shirt in the popover variation.  I'm going to use the gray for the majority of the shirt and then use the backside for some of the details, like the placket on the front. This one will be very reminiscent of what I saw in the Florida boutique.

Third, is this amazing silk/rayon brocade.  This is one from my stash.  I purchased it in Minneapolis last year at the ASDP annual Educational Conference.  We took a field trip to SR Harris one evening and I stocked up.  I just fell in love with the colors on this brocade, plus it has tiny pandas on it.  TINY PANDAS!  From the moment I saw this at the warehouse, it was going to be a pleated skirt.  I'm going to use Colette Pattern's Zinnia skirt pattern.  I have used this pattern a few times and know that it will complete my vision for this fabric.

This fabric came from my local fabric store The French Seam.  It is a lovely little boutique fabric store in the northern part of Indianapolis.  I'm not sure the pictures capture the color completely, but its a fantastic acid green.  You might think that with my coloring, this particular color would make me look like death.  You would be correct.  However, made up in a pair of pants, it will never be close to my face so I think I can pull this off with a more flattering color on top.  This fabric is a lightweight wool blend.  It has some stretch in it so I am very excited to try Sew Over It's Ultimate Trouser pattern.  These just might become a go-to pair of pants that I can dress up or down.  I can't wait to see how they turn out!

Now for the bonus outfit!  I have acquired some of this amazing peach/pink lace from a friend of mine.  I LOVE it!!  My plans for this are two fold.  First, I really want a midi length circle skirt.  I think I would wear it with both blouses and t-shirts.  For this pattern, I will just draft my own based on my waist measurement.  Second, I plan on making a top from my Ultimate Shift Dress pattern.  Lisa has made some extremely cute variations on their blog.  She does the cropped top so well.  My torso, however, was never meant to sport a cropped top so my top will have a zero percent chance of showing any skin.  I am hoping to make a boxy top that looks good with skinny pants.  I don't think I'll wear the two together, but we'll see.

Whew!  That's it for this month.  It looks like I, again, have my work cut out for me!

Until next time . . .