How quickly should fabric enter your house and exit your stash before it isn’t counted as a stash enhancement anymore? If immediately is the answer than this ponte definitely doesn’t count as stash!
I bought it from Tessuti on a complete whim when I was already feeling pretty guilty about how much fabric I own. So the answer to my guilt was to not let it sit around reminding me about my complete lack of self control. A quick browse of the Burdastyle pattern store (so much faster than browsing my actual magazine collection with the added benefit of viewing what other sewers have done with the pattern) found this beauty: #121 from issue 9/2012 that I already own.
I’d thought that the contrast panel on this dress was attached with princess seams running down the front, however that panel is just sewn right on top of the dress like a giant appliqué and the shaping is achieved with a massive meandering dart down the front. I had a pretty clear idea from the start about where I wanted the print on this dress to fall and I didn’t have enough fabric (1.5 M) to make the panel work so I just left it off. I cut a size 19 (petite sizing! No having to take inches off the length because I’m a shorty) as this is equivalent to the 38 I normally make and made it up with no test fitting whatsoever. The only adjustments needed was to tune up the back darts around the shoulders (surprise surprise – Ms Wonky Shoulders) the rest fit really well.
I could probably make this dress a bit more fitted around the waist, but I don’t really mind leaving an extra inch for burgers – I may change my mind later, but for the moment I’m good. The collar also stands a bit proud despite reinforcing it with stay tape, any tips to avoid this again? The bit I’m really feeling smug with though is the pattern matching through the back:
Wah!! Pattern matching win!