Often I fall in love with fabric and I don’t exactly know what I want to make but I’m afraid that when I do decide I won’t have enough. So, I buy three yards and end up with too much. I find it very frustrating because it contradicts my mission to be less wasteful when it comes to clothing. I ran into this problem once again after making my Georgia Dress out of Cotton + Steel rayon (bought at Urban Sewciety but I think it is now sold out). I had a decent amount of rayon left and was feeling guilty about it. It’s such a noticeable print, though, I really can’t have two outfits in this fabric?! I knew I had the perfect solution when I came across the pattern for this camisole and shorts nightie in the book Great British Sewing Bee, From Style to Stitch.
My husband bought this book for me on one of his trips to England and I hadn’t cracked it open in a while. It felt fortuitous to come across the pattern for this camisole and shorts nightie at just the right time.
What is not to love about this nightie? It’s comfortable and cute and I just need some warm weather to come along and give me a good reason to put it on.
I am particularly fond of the camisole and plan to hack the pattern to make a few more basic rayon camisoles for everyday wear. I will need to figure out how to finish off the top seam since this pattern only uses the lace for finishing and if I wear this every day I need an encolosed seam. But, it’s a nice basic camisole, isn’t it?
If I do hack the camisole for daytime wearability, I might have the solution for excess rayon fabric in the future. Bonus! Anybody else have this problem? Got any brilliant solutions for over-buying?
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