That's what happened with this fabric. It's a chevron striped crochet lace that I picked up at Hancock fabrics last year. I had just been to Italy and had tried on some genuine Missoni dresses, and was inspired by them, but really didn't have a vision for this fabric. But I thought it was pretty special, and at the very least, I thought it could be a cool swimsuit cover-up.
I am teaching a class using McCall's 6754 as the base pattern later this month, and wanted to sew up a sample to show the students what it would look like in real life. I was going through several fabric options, and then it hit me. If I could get the chevron of the lace to match on the center front, back, and princess seams, it would be a great style for this fabric.
I still had my serger set on the rolled edge settings from my bias skirt project, and started sewing the seams before I realized that. I decided to keep the rolled edge settings so that the seams would be barely noticeable through the lacy sections. I also used that for my hem finish. For the neckline, I used a length of single fold bias tape.
The only complaint that I have about this pattern is that the neckline is quite wide and low. I moved the cutting line in about an inch, and it is still pretty wide.
The dress form has a green cami underneath the top, and I think that will be how I wear it as well. I think it will go with white jeans or skirts nicely. I've made the dress once, and I think it should be a really flattering silhouette on many shapes and sizes, which is why I chose it for the class project. I'm excited to work with my students to see their versions of this pattern as well!
So how about you? Do you have a strategy when it comes to buying fabric? Are you a fabric first or pattern first kind of seamstress?