Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments regarding my 52 Dresses project. It's so nice to see that I'm not completely bonkers or greedy beyond belief in wanting to have a closet full of dresses! I did some preliminary work and discovered that I own a grand total of 38 dresses. Of these 38 dresses, 20 are handmade and 18 are either bought, thrifted, of gifted. It's a bit of a closer ratio than I had thought, but it's still pretty good, I think. Ideally, I would prefer a 3:1 ratio; 3 handmades for every 1 bought/thrifted/gifted dress.
I went through and organized my fabric stash according to dress lengths (2-3+ yard pieces) and discovered that I have 28 available!! Given that my minimum is 2 yards to craft a dress, I have enough fabric in stock to make 14 more dresses. Wow! This means that I have enough fabric in my stash already to make my goal of 52 dresses. (I swear I did not plan this!)
I also took the time to dig through my dress pattern stash and I am very happy to say that I have a plethora of inspiration. It's a lovely mix of vintage and new patterns, including Colette Patterns dresses, and a mix of Simplicity and Butterick patterns, my favourites of the Big 4.
I'm very happy to see that this project will mesh easily with my Franken Pattern Pledge. I also know that I'll be making several versions of one pattern - I love to play with versions of the same pattern!
Above are the fabrics for my first dress in the sewing queue. I will either make a franken patterned version of Simplicity 3673's bodice with a self-drafted contrast midriff band and full knee-length skirt or I may sew Hazel again. I've had the spirograph/pinwheel fabric in my stash for over two years and the poor thing is just begging to be a fabulous dress. Wish me luck!
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