I've been quite intrigued by the zero waste sewing movement, given my frugal nature, my distaste for waste and the huge bags of fabric scraps I already own. Basically zero waste sewing is, as the name suggest, generating little to no leftover fabric through careful placement of the pattern pieces on the fabric. Personally I can't see how it could be achieved fully in most designs unless you ignore grain lines and directional prints or the nap of fabric. But I like the philosophy behind the movement and instead like many others I try to use my larger fabric scraps in a useful manner rather than just chucking them in the bin, especially since I work in the environment sector and know the resources and energy that are used when producing textiles (even the cheap and nasty ones).
Since I'm not a quilter (and nor do I think I would ever have the patience to be one), I'm lucky to have a small child to sew for as well the odd crafty item here and there to use up my fabric scraps. And this would be an excellent example of both.
The blue and white stripe knit fabric I used for the bodice of the dress in the last post was from an odd shaped piece of fabric I picked up from the op shop and had been in my stash a while. So to begin with I was using up someone else's scrap but being oddly shaped I couldn't have made much more from it than the bodice top that I did. But I also managed to eek out this tshirt for Anna since they are little bitty pattern pieces for such a little tshirt:
The pattern I used is Kwik Sew 3424 which I've used before and is such simple construction it's not worth talking about. I made a red cotton yo yo flower (also scrap fabric!) with a button from the stash to jazz it.
I also managed to cut out a simple rectangular gathered skirt with a elasticised waistband from the solid blue knit also from my dress, using up the last of the biggish area of the fabric:
By this stage there were only random small bits of fabric left, but I still wasn't done with it. I made an even smaller matching t-shirt for Anna's cabbage patch doll. Unfortunately Anna wasn't being cooperative and refused to let me take a photo of her wearing these clothes, but the cabbage patch doll was a far more willing model!
So I think I've done my best to avoid adding precious resources to limited landfill deposits. Rest assured though that Anna, the cabbage patch doll and I will NOT be seen in public together wearing our matching fabrics......
Speaking of the cabbage patch dolls, one of my very lovely readers, Renata, who is a fellow Sydneysider, sent me an awesome package shortly after christmas:
Unbelievably Renata gifted me these very cute and hard to come by cabbage patch dolls patterns from her own pattern stash. So thank you again Renata, although I'll probably be cursing you when I'm up to my eyeballs in fiddly teeny tiny dolls clothes!