I have a thing for cheap fabric. And by cheap I mean that I GOT it for cheap, not that it’s cheaply made. I get a high from finding good deals, I’ll admit. When it comes to fabric it’s an elevated high. Special, or something. And then I tend to just let it sit on my shelf for weeks, months, sometimes even years until I get around to using it.
The last time I was at IKEA I did something I’ve never done before: I bought fabric at FULL PRICE. I know! Although, saying that IKEA fabric is full-price is kind of an oxymoron. It’s nice heavy home dec fabric for 5.99 – 7.99 per yard. That’s a good deal. Anyhow, that’s not my point. While in the fabric section, I found some fabric on clearance. It was already on a bolt – about three yards of it – for $5.
So when I bought this Violette Field Threads pattern from Sew, Mama, Sew for 50% off, I knew I what the fabric was destined for.
Penny needed another summer dress so it was basically a perfect storm for sewing – the likes I never see. I normally sit in my sewing room staring at my fabric and my patterns (or drawings of what I want) until I finally come up with a combination I like. This process can take days. But not this time! I got right to work and finished it in a day.
The only problem is that homegirl doesn’t do photo shoots well.
You see, when I squat or sit down, so does she. It also doesn’t help that we were on our way out the door for church and someone still hadn’t found their shoes. And by found their shoes I mean hadn’t gone to the closet to get them yet.
Anyway, I love the dress. It has a bustle in the back that a two year old can get away with. I’m not sure it works on the older kids without bloomers or cute pants underneath. The pattern was good, but the instructions were all pictures. I much, much prefer illustrations in directions. Looking through the other Violette Field Patterns I decided I really love her Emmaline Dress pattern. I might have to just come up with my own pattern for that one, though!