Fabstravagant (adj): Given to lavish or imprudent yardage estimates.
I have a bad sewing habit: whenever I get to a cutting counter I often ask for more fabric than my pattern requirement specifies.
Like many bad habits, it started innocently enough. A little extra for directional prints, a nap or narrow fabric. Or a bit extra to cater for tricky layouts. At some point it graduated to being more an insurance policy against stupidity. (Ooops. Cut-2 instead of 1-on-the-fold. Never mind, I'll just whip out the rest of the bolt.) And a way out of indecision. (T-shirt or ballgown? Heck I have no idea what I'll make out of it; I might as well take 6 metres to be safe.)But this week I decided enough was enough ( ... as opposed to enough is 1.25m extra, just for good measure).
I located a favourite piece of fabric; a gorgeous "remnant" found at Tessuti some while ago. The slinky viscose-rayon - with a striking black and red floral print - has been a conundrum. Its large pattern repeat seemed best suited to a skirt, but at just 1.3 metres it seemed unlikely it would cover my lower half with any sort of dignity.
So I decided to be creative. I employed sheer determination and various embarrassingly unorthodox layout and cutting methods. Somehow I managed to squeeze out the better part of another Kwik Sew 3513 pull-on knit skirt. To cover the inevitable shortfall, I bought a bit of black poly-cotton interlock for the waistband. Plus a wee bit more for a lining.
And when I finished sewing up the skirt I felt triumphant and resourceful. Hooray! A skirt with a 1.85m fabric requirement made with a 1.3m remnant.
Now all I need to do is work out what to do with 50cm of excess poly-cotton interlock. (Ahem ... old habits die hard.)