The Baker’s Dozen Dress Project has officially been sorted.

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I have all my patterns gathered into two crates and organised into some semblance of order.  Dress patterns with other dress patterns.  Blouses and tops all in the same section.  Ditto everything else.

When I’d finished corralling the patterns, I went to work on the fabric stash itself, pulled out every piece I could find and arranged that into separate piles of dress lengths, top lengths…you get the picture.

Can I tell you it was a huge amount of fun!  Which I’ll admit caught me unawares. Last year I’d been very jaded with the stash, but this new project brought me to the fabric piles with a new set of eyes.

With everything finally organised the real fun began.

Matching patterns to fabrics.

I’m 85% sure I’ve got it nailed.

So, here they are….13 dresses (almost):

Gertie’s Shirtdress x 2


John Kaldor floral print poly

John Kaldor crinkle floral poly

John Kaldor crinkle floral poly

Butterick 5600 x 1


Black and cream birds poly
I’ll be making the sleeveless version…possibly without the ruffle

Tiramisu x 1

Purple jersey

Purple jersey

Amelia x 3

Poly satin black and taupe

Poly satin black and taupe

Pale green linen

Pale green linen

Black linen

Black linen

Burda 7203 x 1

Black linen

Black linen

Washi x 2

Burgundy/cream poly print - long sleeved dressBlack crinkle cotton - maxi dress

Burgundy/cream poly print – long sleeved dress
Black crinkle cotton – maxi dress

There you go…almost 13 dresses.

What about the other 3?

Well, don’t forget the sublime butterfly fabric that Vicki sent me:


All the other fabrics were really easy to match to a pattern.  I think I was in the zone or something.  This one less so.  I tried a couple of ideas but I’m not entirely sold on either of them.  They’re both lovely patterns, but not right for this fabric, I think.

IMG_7089_edited-1I’m going to let this one percolate for a while and see how I feel.

And there’s also the beautiful voile that Hubby bought me for Christmas.

2 mtrs of Art Gallery Voile - Praline Honey

2 mtrs of Art Gallery Voile – Praline Honey

  This one is destined to be a Miz Mozellemiz-mozelle-cover_1_1024x1024Buuuuuuut…I’m struggling with the amount of fabric.  Hubby once asked me how much fabric it would take to make a dress, and I said 2m.  Which would work if the fabric was 150cm wide…but this isn’t!  I should have clarified. Contrary to popular  my belief, he isn’t a mind reader. So I’m going to try and wiggle Miz Mozelle but may have to come up with a different plan for this lovely fabric.  Maybe, even, (whisper it) a blouse! (Which would be a lovely thing…all floaty and summery…but would interfere with this little project).

Yep.  I know you can count.  That’s only 12 dresses.  11 if the Miz Mozelle goes south.  But my secret weapon is the green linen.  There’s about 4 metres of that so I might be able to eke a second dress out of it.  There’s also acres of the black linen and the black crinkle.  I’ll work something out.

And if that fails…well, there’s always the fabric rabbits.  I’m sure they’ll come up with something between now and the end of the year.


BTW…if you’re thinking “that’s not a lot of fabric, don’t know what the fuss is about” there is also 2 skirt lengths (actually one skirt length and one skirt cut out and sorrowfully awaiting further attention), 3 top lengths, 3 lengths of jersey for t-shirts, denim for a pair of jeans, silk for a slip, and tweed for an Anise jacket.  But they’re for another post!

23 Responses to Together

  1. Melizza says:

    You’ve chosen some awesome dresses with very pretty fabrics to match. I cannot wait to start making some dresses.

  2. Susan says:

    What fun plans!! I am addicted to buying dress patterns, but have yet to make any, isn’t that terrible? Need to break that seal soon!

  3. K-Line says:

    I am SERIOUSLY impressed. What a great job finding patterns to go with that gorgeous fabric.

  4. Jane G says:

    Oh, there are some lovely patterns and fabrics there. Can’t wait to see them come to life, what an exciting year it will be

  5. Vicki Kate says:

    Wonderful plans! I think the butterfly fabric may be too drapey for Cambie? And what to do with the beautiful voile your Mr bought?! I can’t wait to see these all come to life!

    • I thought that too about the butterfly…I’m just going to let it sit and think about what it’s going to be. I’m hoping I can squeeze Miz Mozelle out of the voile…it’ll take some creative placement, that’s for sure.

  6. prttynpnk says:

    I love your plans- I covet your patterns too! I’m thinking about a fabric diet, but oh, Sue’s Daily picks got me again yesterday?!

  7. Jane says:

    This is so exciting, I can’t wait to see the finished frocks. I often find it difficult to match patterns with stash fabric, I don’t usually have enough of the fabric for the pattern I want to make – I guess that’s the disadvantage of buying fabric because you like it!

  8. Love the polka dot fabric you chose for the Amelia. It’s so original! As for the Mix mozelle…what about doing a short version, e.g. tunic lenght? Or you could make the skirt less gathered or even A-line to save fabric. If you struggle just post your fabric placement on the blog and I am sure one of the readers will come up with suggestions

    • I’ve had that polka dot for forever. It’s well overdue for making up but nothings ever grabbed me till Amelia. And I’ll definitely be asking for help with Miz Mozelle if I get stuck. I’ll not be making the self belt so will save fabric there, and may make it sleeveless too if I need to…it’s going to be fun working it out, no?

  9. gingermakes says:

    Ooh, I love your plans! What fun you’ll have putting these together!

  10. Andrea says:

    Wow, you’ve got this all planned out! I committed to 15 pieces of stashed fabric but have left it all up in the air as to what I’ll make. This will sure be the year of the dress for you – well done!

  11. Wow. I mean wow that’s a lovely lovely plan (can I still use that word? You OK with it??). Not to mention the seriously long list of other non-dress items. Blimey. I can’t wait to see what you choose to do first. Lovely lovely lovely.

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