Ever hem and haw so long about a fabric, you end up putting the wrong one in your cart?
There are two color ways of this Kente wax print on offer online at Mood–light orange, and tangerine. Why I went with the more muted shade is beyond me. In fact, when it arrived, I even double-checked my order, expecting a tangerine burst. But, yeah, I juked left when I shoulda juked right.
I know it looks pretty vibrant here! It’s not as bright as these pics would indicate, but it’s also not quite so muted as pictured on the fabric page. It’s somewhere in between. Either way, BOY DID THIS PALETTE STUMP ME. As usual, with 6 yards to play with, I cut with wild abandon, starting with a simple bodice for a strapless maxi dress. I cut that dang bodice FOUR TIMES, never coming out with the right combination (as evidenced on my blog).
I knew I was well on the road to nowhere, so away the bits and pieces went on the shelf to marinate, along with the untouched yardage.
However, my mis-click ended up providing the perfect opportunity to play with a shape I never would have considered trying: a ruffled midi skirt. I don’t have “muslin” fabric– with so little space in our NY apartment, any fabric I have is meant for wearing. But when I do end up with a fabric that isn’t quite my closet, I try to use it as a testing ground for a style that I might not go for otherwise.
And it turns out I love the skirt! You’ve probably seen the shape all over Instagram, that’s what gave me the ruffle bug. I used McCall’s 7745, skirt portion only, but it seems everyone’s got this style in their spring/summer offerings!
What do you do when an “off” fabric lands in your lap? Sometimes a questionable choice can make you think in new ways!