One Pattern, Seven Bloggers - Inspiration

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wowzers guys, thanks so much for all of the support for this challenge! It would seem you are possibly even more excited about it than we are!! So today I thought I'd share my Macaron fabric combination with you.

I didn't go into this challenge with this specific combination in mind. In fact, I really had no idea what I was going to make my Macaron with. I normally have some idea when doing these kinds of challenges, but for some reason, this time I just had no idea (even though this has been on my 'To Make' list ever since it came out!)

As it happened, I literally stood in the fabric store staring at their range for about an hour, um-ing and ah-ing, looking a bit dazed and confused, picking up bolts, putting them back and just generally having no idea what I was actually going to buy.

I found the blue and white large gingham cotton drill first, luckily there was just enough fabric left on the bolt to squeeze the main sections of the dress out. Once I had made up my mind about the main body, it was quite obvious I'd need to go with a white for the contrasting yolk and sleeves. But I didn't want to go with just any white. It needed to be a little bit interesting. So I found this lovely pin tucked white cotton that I thought quite nicely and subtly mirrored the gingham drill.

I ended up underlining the yolk and sleeves with another thin white cotton from my stash so that it wouldn't be too see through, but over all, I'm really happy with my chosen fabrics.

When I started cutting out my pattern though, I realised the white yolk cotton squares weren't really very 'square' or evenly distributed and I also seemed to have conveniently forgotten how annoying working with plaids can be. But I am really proud of my finished dress and managed to get most of the pattern matching up.

Do you ever get overwhelmed in fabric stores and just stand there staring? I hope I'm not the only one :)

And remember, there is still time to enter the amazing giveaway over here if you haven't already!

11 comments on "One Pattern, Seven Bloggers - Inspiration"
  1. Love the fabric choices Jen! Giant gingham is always a winner.

  2. Lovely fabrics! Good choice. Can't wait to see it!

  3. I also have plaid matching amnesia every time I work with it. ;) Love these two fabrics, can't wait to see your finished Macaroon.

  4. Ooooh fun! I'm really interested to see how this turned out, and kudos to you for taking on a diagonal gingham print!

  5. I love the choices.I either know exactly what I want and can't seem to find it or I have no idea and take forever to commit to some fabric.
    Your dress will be lovely.

  6. Oh my gosh, I've had the totally-overwhelmed-in-the-fabric-store feeling soooo many times! Twice, I think, I've had a Mood employee come up to me after I've been there for an hour or so and kindly help me find something when I was too distracted to think! Your fabrics are so cute-- I'm really excited for your final dress!

  7. matching gingham is really a time consuming task :) but the outcomes will be awesome .

  8. I get super overwhelmed too! I also end up going with a similar fabric to the pattern envelope. That's usually what drew me to the pattern in the first place!

  9. I'm convinced the staff of my local fabric shop think I'm crazy (or at least have no life) because on every visit I spend at least 40 mins repeatedly circling the shop, trying to find what I need! I love your choices - can't wait to see the finished dress!

  10. Hahaha we always forget about working with plaid... until we work with plaid again :) But seriously I can't wait to see the outcome of this dress! Oh, and the other one :)

  11. Oooh, I love gingham and how fresh these colours look together. YUM!!!


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