Free fabric (in my stash)

Because why have it other than to use it? So I say, if the fabric is more than a year old, it’s free. Anna over at Noodlehead is hosting a sew-along for the tunic from Handmade Style, and so I went rummaging through my stash to see what I could find.

fabric options

The geometric blue is only a year or two old, purchased at the closing sale of one of the Fabricland in Peterborough, and is a lightweight cotton sateen with some stretch. The rayon challis is about 13 years old, purchased to make a nice blouse (and I even have thread, buttons, and lining fabrics to match), but it has been waiting patiently ever since. And the grey chambray? well, who knows. It might be from a remnant bin or inherited from my mom, making it almost 20 years old.

fabric choice mosaic for tunic

But which to choose? The pattern states to use a fabric with good drape, so I draped each piece over my Ott light (well, it was handy) to see what I thought. The rayon is very flow-y, would it become shapeless with such a simple pattern? The sateen, hmm, maybe a little crisp although the stretch would make it comfortable and forgiving. The chambray really appeals to me, however I will have to be creative with my layout to see if I can get the pattern pieces to fit. I am thinking that I could make the cuffs and bias hem edging out of a complementary fabric.

chambray drape

I’m not cutting yet, I want to do a full bust adjustment on the pattern first. So which would you choose?

Linking up to Let’s Bee Social with Sew Fresh Quilts and Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.



  1. Peggy Pirillo · ·

    My pick would be the geometric blue. Have fun!

    1. Thanks for the input! Honestly, I love wearing blue, i look good in it, so a top made out of this would be lovely.

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