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Combating Precious Fabric Syndrome

Anybody else a fan of Mason Dixon Knitting? Love the blog. Love the book. In both, the authors refer to "Precious Knits Syndrome". You know, you spend so much time making something that you want to wrap it in tissue paper and store it in an acid free box and never ever touch it. Never been my problem. I make something- I want to use it every single day. So that every single day I can say to myself "I made this. I am so awesome."

I think, however, I am suffering from a different syndrome. Precious fabric syndrome. Or, PFS. Where I buy a fabric and love it so much that I'm afraid to ever use it. I can't possibly imagine something I could make that would be good enough for this wonderful fabric. And heaven forbid ever cutting into it.

Case in point.
Precious Fabric Syndrome
Months ago I feel in love with the little blue birdy prints. I used it in potholders with the Relief Society ladies. I used it in my brother's wedding quilt. I bought enough to use as a backing for another quilt. I also bought a precious yard to use specifically for a dress for Ellery. And there it sat. I hemmed and hawed over patterns. I decided on Miss Lilly from The Handmade Dress. But, I was terrified to begin. I avoided it. I started other projects.

The pink fabric was bought only a week or two ago. But it was in danger of the same fate. I knew I wanted to make a dress for Anna. What pattern could possibly be good enough for this lovely, elegant pink? Another Miss Lilly? Something from Weekend Sewing.

This weekend I decided to confront my PFS head-on and get to sewing.

Ellery in Miss Lilly
Friday and Saturday, I worked and made a little blue birdy dress for Ellery. I used the Miss Lilly pattern, but did just a normal gathered skirt instead of the bubble skirt. I am well pleased with everything but the fit. It's too big for her. But only a little. In another couple of months it is going to be absolutely adorable.

Well, I was on a roll. So Sunday I cut out pattern pieces and today I sewed the dress for Anna.
Anna in Miss Lily Dress
Anna in Miss Lily Dress
Anna in Miss Lily Dress
(Anna was not in the mood to have her picture taken.)

Another Miss Lilly. Once again without the bubble skirt. This time with a wide fabric sash. I love everything about it. The fabric. The pattern. The fit. It is exactly as I imagined it. So very Jane Austeny.

Take that PFS.


Kathryn said…
I LOVE these dresses. They look so cute on your girls. I especially love the sash on Anna's dress.
Meg said…
You are so brave. A year ago I bought 2 yards of the Most Beautiful Fabric Ever. I can't decide what to do with it. I worry about making clothing out of it because what if i mess up? It sits.

The dresses are really cute. It looks like E is walking now! Congrats!
Doris said…
Oh, I most definitely suffer from PFS... Seems silly to buy something 'cause you love it so much then be afraid to use it. But it's true. I do. and I am.
Leslie said…
your dresses are beautiful. I need to confront my PFS head on as well. There are so many stacks that i am afraid to go near but loved so much i had to have.
Ling said…
The dresses are so beautiful. I too suffer from PFS and I'm taking inspiration from you to do something with mine.

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