Sometimes i will end up with a special fabric that is so special to me, that i’m paralysed. I can’t use it. Fear of cutting into it and ruining it takes over me and somehow i just.can’t.use.it.
It’s completely stupid, but i have a growing pile of special fabrics like this. That’s the story of the fabric for this Briar. Many years ago, back when Chris and i first moved to the USA and there were no little kiddies yet, and i couldn’t find any good fabrics locally, my mother in law gave me this gorgeous floral Liberty of London fabric from a Perth shop. It was so pretty, so precious i couldn’t use it. In the end i cut off little pieces, “just a bit” here and there to use in special projects – and before i knew it there wasn’t enough of it use for anything actually substantial. I was furious at myself for the stupidity of it.
But after i saw Louise’s silk backed Briar – and i knew EXACTLY how i could use my special fabric!
I used a pretty stretchy knit for the rest of my Briar (40% stretch) to try and compensate for the fact that the woven back wouldn’t stretch – but it didn’t really need it. I think that one woven panel doesn’t affect the fit too much.
I really love how this turned out – and i think it’s such a great way to use up those small pieces of fabric i have lying around! This has pretty much turned into my go to top this winter, so i think i need a few more woven back Briar‘s in my life now!
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