A couple of weeks ago I went on the rampage at Walthamstow market, scoring metres upon metres of fabric at dead cheap prices, and lamenting the limitations of the human body. 2 hands only? I asked myself. Who can get by with only two hands when fabric shopping? No seriously, I want you to answer that.
Some of the fabric have already seen the light of day here and here. I also chanced upon some stretch cotton fabric with a border print going for £1/metre, and true to form, ordered 3 metres of each available colourway.
It was only when I went home that I noticed the placement of the print. It was only on one end of the lengthwise grain.
So this is how it is:
I normally only buy 2 metres of any fabric, but at £1/metre, what did I have to loose? The idea I had in my head when I was wobbling under the weight of 3 bolts of fabric en route to the cutting master at the fabric shop, was to make cute little summer dresses with interesting borders. I am not sure how to achieve that now.
Ideally, I would have wanted the pattern on the dresses to go something like this:
This would however mean cutting the fabric on the crosswise grain.
Now, I know it gets drilled into us by the big 4 pattern companies, and other sewing maestros, that fabric should be cut on the lengthwise grain, but in this case what would YOU do?
I found this old article from Threads Magazine, which gave me hope. The author of the article recommends rebelling once in a while. Is this a right time to stage a mutiny folks. I must point out I am no stranger to rebellions, having spent a large part of my youth writing lines when I was in boarding school. Mind you, I don't think writing lines as punishment did anything to me. The only thing that suffered as result was a reduction in letters to my family and friends.
I suppose I could make one with the border running lengthwise like this Phase Eight dress. What say you?