I was invited to participate in the Waverize It! Campaign with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and Waverly Fabric, in celebration of Waverly’s 90th Anniversary. The challenge was to create something, anything, from two yards of Waverly Fabric sent to me sight unseen. The Waverly fabric I was sent is this awesome ikat print, called Optical Delights.
Though it’s a home decor fabric, this Waverly is made of cotton and has a super soft, medium weight drape. For about two seconds I tried to think of a good homey project to make with my Waverly home decor fabric. But my heart is in apparel-sewing, and all I could think of was how awesome this print would look as a pair of jeans or a skirt.
I ended up going with a skirt, since two yards is cutting things kind of close on pattern-matched jeans. The pattern I used is my own. I drafted a high-waisted denim skirt for the 80s Challenge during my short stint with Project:Sewn. Then I never made it to the 80s Challenge, and never got the skirt past the muslin stage. I think the skirt was waiting for this fabric. It’s kind of perfect for it.
As a home decor fabric, this Waverly fabric is opaque and thicker than other cottons, which is ideal for bottom-weight apparel needs. But I am truly surprised at how comfortable this fabric is to wear. It doesn’t feel at all like what I would expect home decor fabric to feel like. It’s neither stiff nor scratchy. At all. The hand is soft and the drape is smooth. If I didn’t know this was a home decor fabric, I wouldn’t have guessed it. I seriously feel like a whole new world of fabric options has suddenly been opened for me.
So, what would you do with a couple yards of awesome Waverly fabric? Whatever it is you “Waverize”, you can show it off and enter the Waverize It! Contest with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores HERE
I was sent the fabric for this project from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores as part of the Waverly campaign. The project idea, and all opinions are my own. And my opinion is that this is much more than home decor fabric.
Pattern: High-Waisted Denim Skirt, self-drafted
Fabric: Optical Delights by Waverly