The hardest thing for me to do is choose the right fabric for a pattern. After sewing for over 30 years, the mistake I still make most often is to use fabric that is absolutely wrong for a pattern. I love prints and I love BurdaStyle design details. But, the prints I love usually obscure the design details of the Burda patterns I love. To avoid making the same mistake yet again, I have tried to consider my fabric choices more carefully.
I bought this fabric during PR Weekend in Philly and I love it, but I've been afraid to use it. The print is large and I didn't want to break it up with a center front opening or too many seams. So, I went to my Burda Index for a simply styled top and found 05-05-139, which has princess seaming and small bust darts. (So much for "too many seams") The fashion photo showed a large scale print and that boosted my confidence, but I've made the wrong choice so many times before. I have another pattern option, Kwik Sew 2923, that is a simple v-neck, short sleeved top - no darts or seams in the front.
I know I'm over-thinking this. But some of my past projects were disappointing because I didn't think enough about my fabric choice. And did I mention, I really love this fabric? The safest thing to do is first make the shorts that will be worn with this top. This will give me more time to make up my mind. Since this will be a shorts outfit, I want the top to be casual. Which is more casual: the BWOF or the Kwik Sew? After my last failure project, I'm overly sensitive to casual v. dressy. I'm so confused. It's amazing how a few past mistakes, especially my last project, have made me doubt myself. I'm forgetting my little sewing motto: It's only fabric!