Petit Main Sauvage and Little Hunting Creek have been discussing pattern matching and placement. Lauriana wrote, "For those and for anyone who feels intimidated by matching prints, I'd like to present this picture as a bit of encouragement."
In that same spirit, I would like to own up to a recent spectacular FAIL from my own studio. I've been meaning to try Vogue 8805 for some time, especially after I've seen several cute versions crop up on the internets. The custom-fit sizing for A/B/C/D cups holds special appeal; no futzing with SBAs.
Look how nicely the shoulders and bust fit.
I found the navy slub knit (yoke) and cotton border print bark cloth at SAS Fabrics. The bark cloth is a panel print, roughly 37" long and 45" wide, counting wide white selvedges. I would have listened to my inner voice that said that I need to add girth at my size 14 hips. And the warning light that suggests adding a little bit extra for the pockets. However, there just wasn't enough fabric, as you can see from the scraps left after cutting.
Can you see the problem on the front?
Yeah, it's that bad. Oh, well. The two fabrics feel lovely. My construction was superb. The lack of pattern matching was unavoidable. The pattern placement? Well, can I also plead lack of fabric? Or does my total lack of judgement take the blame?
I'm going to place the traced pieces back into the envelope along with a note to myself about what to do next time. The dress might fit Iris, who is narrower in the hips and all legs. The sunflower motifs might hit her in less unfortunate places. If she gives it the thumbs down, it goes to Goodwill.
Meanwhile, I purchased this cotton/silk camo print for Iris and the flying bird cotton for myself at The Fabric Store.