Do you remember a couple years ago when you couldn’t walk into a fabric store without bumping into rows of chevron fabric or shop online without the store recommending you pick up a matching chevron with that? There were multitudes of posts and tutorials on how to cut chevron fabric, match it at seams and sew it so it didn’t look like a big hot mess.
Anyone who has sewn with this fabric, which be real is many of us, have cried into our poorly matched chevrons we spent too much time on at least once.
This fabric has been in my stash for at least 2 years. It came in a batch of imperfect fabrics. It doesn’t have much stretch and is slightly off grain, and CHEVRONS. It is the stuff of nightmares. My child has been asking me to use it for ages.
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When we got a chance to participate in the Wendybird pattern tour I saw an opportunity. The lines of this pattern seemed like a good place to give it a swing. The fun front insert created some breaks that would be more forgiving of my never gonna match fabric.
She’s so happy with it. The Wendybird pattern is a S.U.A.T. dress pattern with 4 different sleeve lengths, 3 different fronts, and several hemming options.
I choose gathered skirt panel insert with long sleeves and cuffs. Then I hacked it into a tunic length. My daughter is a tall 6, I started by cutting the 6Y body at the 3T length. When I finished I compared it to her longer tops and decided I had about an inch to an inch and a half to hem.
Both of my fabrics are very light so I was worried about rolling and getting a clean hem so instead, I laid it out nicely, marked it and clean cut the hemline with my rotary blade.
She’s so tall that occasionally I need to lengthen sleeves, I clearly didn’t double check these! Good news Spring is on the way so this top will still work perfectly.
The adjusted tunic length still has a great twirl. It’s a good compromise for an everyday outfit that still works well for a busy elementary schooler.
I can’t think of a happier place for this fabric to end up then twirling in the wind on a happy kid. Wendybird for the win.
Have you ever avoided a fabric in your stash? Have you used it?
All the opinions in this post are my own. I received the pattern for free for participating in the tour.