Floral Fabric

Sewing Double: 2 Patterns, 1 Floral Fabric

Hi all, thanks for all the support after my first Monthly Stitch post last week. It was lovely to read your comments! This month I’ve sewn a few projects which are incidentally double related. This is the second and last I’ll post (I think?!).

Floral Emery skirt

   Floral Emery Skirt Hack

Earlier this month I visited the North Melbourne Market. Apparently one little old lady had won the sewing competition: “she who dies with the most fabric wins” and her family were selling her enormous and beautiful fabric stash at the Market. There were boxes and boxes and boxes.  I bought this great floral piece: a pink, yellow and mauve cotton/poly blend (about 5m). It cost me a few dollars!  I immediately wanted to whip something up and overnight I had a ‘vision’ of a high waisted full gathered and pocketed skirt.  I made it using a ‘self-drafted’ (ha!) waist band and the Emery dress skirt and pocket pieces. Obviously you could just cut a couple of rectangles for the skirt.  It came together in just a couple of hours from cutting to hemming and I absolutely love it! 

Floral Emery Skirt Hack

For more details and pics of the skirt check out my blog post.

Peppermint wrap dress


Over at my blog I write a monthly series called “Sew Cheap”.  At the start of the year I posted tips on sewing on the cheap and linked to a whole lot of freely available patterns which I love. I challenged myself to make up and review one new-to-me free pattern each month. For this months Sew Cheap Free Pattern make and review I chose the Peppermint Wrap and Roll Dress.  I didn’t have time to muslin the dress so I decided to make it up from the 4 ms of left over pink floral.  Hence the double!


Peppermint Wrap Dress

I sewed a size 12 and it fit perfectly. I used bias and miss-matching buttons from my stash which were both picked up at op shops. All up, this dress cost me no more than $5 and I now have another fantastic dress and go -to pattern.  For a full pattern review check out my blog post . You might also like to check out my other Monthly Sew Cheap Makes.  I’m super pleased with my two makes from this cheap as chips fabric purchase. It’s also great news that its all used up rather than being stashed away in my fabric cupboard.

Ok, see you next month for some knit sewing. Incidentally, I also challenged myself to make some knit basic as past of my Me-Made-May’14 challenge.

Sewn By Elizabeth

13 thoughts on “Sewing Double: 2 Patterns, 1 Floral Fabric

  1. This is such a cute fabric, and yay for it being so cheap! I’ve had the Peppermint mag dress in my queue for a little while but have been unssure about it–I’m happy to see it made up and written about now.


    • Thanks Rebecca! I can’t wait till summer so I can wear it lots. I think it will go great with an ice cream in my hand 🙂


  2. Oh brilliant, I love how you interpreted this challenge two different ways! 🙂 And you got two great outfits in the same gorgeous print. The mis-matched buttons are perfect on the dress and I will definitely check out your Sew Cheap posts. See you next month! 😀


    • Yay, I’m glad you liked it. I just cut into the fabric again last night for one more pink floral make. I’ll call it a collection haha.


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