InstructionsI reduced the skirt of the pattern back to 1/2 the pattern fullness. Because of the amount / shape of the remnant one half of the skirt ended up being cut on the bias so it "chevrons" opposite to the other; I'm still going over whether I could have avoided that but for an apron I decided it was a fun/funky touch and just went with it.
I also used bias tape on all exposed edges ...
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Type of item: Clothing
Style: Retro / Vintage, Funky
Vintage thrift store cotton remnant from Cranston Print Works
What was your inspiration?
When I saw this remnant at the thrift store I just had to make it into something. My grandmother was from Cranston and always wore a housedress, plus I just love the holiday apron/housedress I made earlier, so the choice was clear.
What are you most proud of?
I thought hard about how many wedges to take out of the skirt pattern to reduce the fullness, which was a bit excessive on the holiday apron and which I didn't have enough fabric to accommodate even if I'd wanted to. The pattern adjustment worked beautifully.
I'm also proud of using up almost all of the scraps to make bias tape I can use for future projects. I'm becoming a huge fan of self-made bias tape!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Go ahead and play with the pattern to suit your needs. Taking out half the skirt fullness left it plenty big enough and greatly reduced the fabric needed to make the apron / dress.