About a week ago while looking for Jo-Ann Fabric coupons on line, I stumbled across the Jo-Ann Fabric “Sew Your Style” contest on facebook. I was intrigued, so I read the contest rules. The challenge was to sew a garment using quilt (instead of fashion) fabric. Having recently read about a similar challenge on “Diary of A Sewing Fanatic”, one of my favorite blogs, I knew this endeavor might be difficult. But since I own lots of quilt fabric (even though I haven’t done patchwork in years), and I’m actively working at reducing the size of my fabric stash, I was highly motivated to attempt the challenge.
Digging through my vast quilt fabric collection I found mainly smaller than fat quarter (18″ x 21″) pieces, which were all different prints. The only matching quilt fabric pieces I had were the leftovers from the backing on this quilt. So my first step was to pull quilt fabrics that coordinated with the leftover quilt backing. Without enough fabric of any single print, I would need to sew different prints together in order to have enough yardage to create a garment.
I decided a simple sewing pattern with clean lines would be best since the patched together fabric would already be really busy. I didn’t want the complicated fabric to be fighting with a fussy or overly detailed clothing style. I immediately thought of the reversible 7 panel skirt pattern from the “Project Upcycle with Betz White” craftsy class. The narrow skirt panels could each be made from just 2 different prints joined together! And I had enough large scraps of the leftover quilt backing to complete the reverse side.
I laid out several combinations of 2 different prints side-by-side to see how they would look when I sewed the panels together. Umm, hodgepodge is how they looked. Yup, the skirt would look totally random and thrown together. Besides the predominately blue and green colors there was nothing to unify the 14 vastly different prints. Ugh, not good. Could I make the skirt more cohesive by using a little of the fabric from the reverse side of the skirt on each panel? Was there even enough leftover quilt backing to eek out a small piece for each of the 7 panels? Yes!
With the quilt backing print patchworked between the 2 different prints on every panel, the skirt looked more artfully planned and unified. Problem solved! I quickly finished the skirt, shaving a bit off each panel at the top in order to better fit my waist. Adding the quilt binding as the tie closure was the icing on the cake – what could be more perfect on a quilt fabric garment than using quilt binding as the sash?
Oh before I forget – the entry with the most votes wins the contest, so please vote for your favorite entry here. Voting is open October 1st through October 7th. And if my skirt receives your vote, THANK YOU!