Hello, everyone! I know I'm new here but I thought I'd jump in right off the bat for some advice.
I have a beautiful piece of olive green boiled wool that's been hiding in my stash for about 10 years now, it's a remnant piece so I think there's only about 1-1.5 yards of 54" fabric. I'm itching to do something with it now because I have a fun vintage rayon print that I know would be the perfect lining fabric for it.
I know it's a relatively small piece but I'd love to do a simple cropped jacket or something similar. Any suggestions on patterns to look for? I haven't seen anything I like that will use such a small piece. Or if you have a photo to share I can always drape the pattern myself. Thanks in advance!
PS. If you'd like to see the fabrics I can try and take a photo tomorrow :)
I think I'd go for a skirt and if you have enough left over maybe a vest. But that's just me.....
Lined Capelet - Butterick 5032 (Retro '52)
If the fabric isn't too bulky for the darts and collar. (Pattern calls for cotton, shantung, gabardine.)
A capelet sounds like a great easy and fun way to use your wool piece, but I would consider what kind of clothing (garment) will get the most use by you. If you really won't wear a capelet much or it won't match any clothes, then you might consider something else. A vest is a good idea, also. For a skirt, I suggest you look into Simplicity 2154, a 1960's retro reprint with a darling pencil skirt pattern which calls for about 1 1/2 yds. of 45" fabric. Bingo! Or maybe you could make Simplicity 3673, a '50 empire waist jumper, making the bottom part in your wool and having the bodice part a matching/contrast. Whatever you do with it, I'll bet it will be warm and classy!
Thank you for all the suggestions! The capelet pattern looks adorable, but I agree with Kelly that I probably won't get much use out of it. I think when I picked the fabric up I intended to make a skirt, but now I feel like a little cropped jacket would get more use. I do have that Simplicity 3673 but haven't made anything with it yet, I may have to reconsider my jacket idea!
Mc Calls' website is having a $1.99 pattern sale, I picked this one up to see if I can use it with some small changes. http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6443-products-14890.php?page_id=115
Any other suggestions? I will post photos of the fabric tonight!
What a cute pattern Kristine. Do you live near a Joann fabrics? Check with them to see it their patterns are on sale this weekend. I know they're having a sale...... can't wait to see those fabrics!
Thanks, K. I live in a really good area for fabric shops (just 10 minutes from Chicago) but the McCalls website had a better deal then the local places :)
I finally found the fabric hidden away in my attic, but it's only 3/4 yard :( I'm still hoping I can do something with it. Here's a photo of the wool and the leftover rayon I thought would make a cute lining. That pink spot in the middle is my phone's fault, not a flaw. I'll have to let you know what I figure out!