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Date: 12/31/13 12:16 PM

Has anyone else ever done this? It is possible, considering how many people there are here..........

I bought half a metre (even though UK is not metric per se, we have to buy fabric by the metre ) to make a thing over Christmas.

I didn't feel like it, but liked the fabric. Today I bought another metre of the same, which I (stupidly stupidly!) thought would be ample to cut out a new blouse pattern I've bought - and was looking forward to sewing over New Year.

Therefore I have a one-metre piece and a half-metre piece. There is not enough fabric.

I've tried positioning the most vital pattern parts every which way, but there simply is not enough for the princess-seamed blouse with collar. My only options seem to be:

(a) Cut the side back and side fronts out of a different fabric: I have another half-metre of something else. But I don't think I want a patchwork-looking blouse.

(b) Abandon until the shop opens again in two days' time and buy another half metre.

(c) Cut out what I can for the moment, start sewing, beginning with tricky-looking collar which is the detail which attracted me to this pattern anyway! and buy that extra half metre on Thursday (?) to cut side front and backs.

(d) Decide that the Goddess of Sewing doesn't mean for me to make this blouse with this fabric and do something else.

Note that this is the exact opposite of my usual fabric/pattern cutting scenario. I have always ended up with too much fabric before today. Over-confidence will get you in the end!



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Date: 12/31/13 12:27 PM

I vote for option (c). I usually have too much fabric as well and am stuck with all kinds of bits and pieces. Make sure you carefully measure for how much more you have to buy.

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Date: 12/31/13 12:28 PM

Can you cut the collar from a different fabric? I assume that you have already tried cross grain and length wise already. How about reducing the seam allowances? Good luck- if all else fails, use the fabric to make a childs dress and donate it! A worthy use for your fabric rather than let it languish in your stash.

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Date: 12/31/13 1:00 PM

I vote for (c) as well!

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Date: 12/31/13 1:09 PM

me too for option c

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Date: 12/31/13 1:38 PM

Another vote for option c! It might take you that long to cut/sew/muslin/work it all out before the shop opens again anyway, eh?

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In: 93 yards
Sewn: 69 yards

I'll try anything once :)

Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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Date: 12/31/13 1:52 PM

Hi and thank you all for your responses. In the end I packed it all away and got on with something else, it was too (dare I say it?) stressful.

I tried positioning all the main parts across and athwart the fabric, ignoring the usual 'cut on grain line'. But this had to include the front facing because of the tricky-looking collar. This front facing is very long: one of the main problems with insufficient fabric.

Meh. I'll start again in a couple of days when the shops re-open. But looking on the bright side, there are always things to be done, and I got some of them done instead of cutting my new blouse pattern.

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Date: 12/31/13 2:18 PM

Or e.. be thankful for the new cleaning rags.. but you know.. being a pig we use a lot of cleaning rags in our house.

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Date: 12/31/13 2:24 PM

C, if you are sure you can get more fabric from the same bolt of fabric.

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Date: 1/1/14 5:19 AM

B - in case you can't get more of same fabric.Good luck and Happy New Year.

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