Thursday, 17 April 2014

Remnants - my case 'Your Honour'

Why are remnant fabrics my weakness? Maybe it's because they're a challenge. Finding a pattern to suit the amount of fabric I've found is a challenge.
Vogue 8815 test using Cue remnants from Pitt Trading
Do remnant fabrics ignite my passion for puzzle solving? Should I see a shrink about trawling for fabric especially when the sign on the basket says 'designer remnants'?
Original Charlie Brown remnant fabric from Pitt Trading
The case in my defence remains, remnants are a low risk purchase to test a future pattern. Making a pattern fit usually means testing it out. Using calico to test a pattern for knit fabric or stretch wovens doesn't work.
This Charlie Brown abstract knit looked too big for a shortie like me, but I tried to used the main print where it made sense. I bought this fabric at Pitt Trading a few years ago.
See where the longest part of the print is? I've used New Look 6149 for this top.
And I've kept the front 'clean' at the waist. I love my Minerva black jeans.

Below is the second knit remnant I bought ages ago at Pitt Trading. Both prints were from Charlie Brown. The main buying guide I used was to choose strong colours for possible wearable toiles and at the time of purchase, I hadn't made the purple skinny jeans below.
Test #1: This top above was my attempt at recreating a RTW top. The shaping didn't come out as planned. The neckline gaped so I added knit lace so the neckline and armholes sat properly. This print gave me a practice at matching the print at the side seam and balancing it on me.
Test 2: New Look 6940 was tested using this fabric. Again, testing it with this fabric confirmed the fit and I got to play with print placement.
And the Bomber jacket above was made using an Ikea remnant. This jacket is a keeper.

Test 3: I used this remnant again to test the bodice for the PR Winter dress. I wasn't sure about the neckline or shoulder fit. I was also curious about the waistline.  
So once I put this top together, I had just enough fabric left to put a band at the base of the top.

I rest my case 'Your Honour'. 

Have a lovely Easter break everyone.

23 comments:

Sarah Liz said...

The diagonal placement of the larger print is superb - it really elongates your tiny frame.

Hoffi Coffi said...

You know I love a challenge with remnants. I love how you've used that large print - fussy cutting when you have limited fabric is definitely what I classify as a challenge!

Emma said...

Some great fabric there Maria! Hard to choose which is my favourite.

Emma said...

ps voted for your winifred

Lori said...

Great job on the remnants, I always find them so tempting, too. I like the black and white one the best, great job on the print placement.

Ruth said...

Can't resist a remnant myself either - maybe it's the extra challenge to 'make it work' or are the prints more interesting on a smaller piece of fabric? Love your black and white wrap top

ks gentry said...

You have taken the word 'Remnant' to a whole new level. The black and white top is my favorite!

Vicki said...

I love remnants too! It is the excitement of making something for so little. Usually a bargain :)

MaciNic said...

I adore the B&W top - and I love remnants - I think it's a combination of a scots heritage, puzzle piecing and that the decision is made for me - 1.5 or 3m, brown or blue colour way, wide or narrow stripes... it's already decided, they are what they are ;)

RiAnge said...

I love the black & white top! I usually don't find remnants as wonderful as these. Or maybe my brain cells can't see the potential of them. Love your creations.

prttynpnk said...

The challenge delights me too! I love these and how you have placed the pattern on each. Drool, drool!

beajay said...

I somehow missed this post. Love what you can do with a remnant. Very nice indeed.

Velosewer said...

It's fun.

Velosewer said...

I'm very pattern placement conscious. And when I get it 'wrong' it's a scream.

Velosewer said...

Thanks RiAnge. Your fabric choices are always amazing to me.

Velosewer said...

Exactly:)

Velosewer said...

I think my bargain brain gets a workout with remnants.

Velosewer said...

They do make you think, and then sew.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Emma.

Velosewer said...

At least there's a choice right?

Velosewer said...

Your remakes and thrift sewing inspire me.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sarah Liz.

Lara Thornberry said...

I am also a fan of the remnant. You've just demonstrated what a great thing a remnant is! Excellent tops.

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