It's great to get back to some garment making.
I have a few metres of striped shirting in four colours: pink, red, pale blue and navy. It has a fine handle and is rather lovely to sew with.
Before I cut into a precious Liberty (yes, the real stuff) or other favourite fabric when trying out a new style I make a quick sample or toile. But I can't bring myself to waste my sewing energy on a cheap calico. I'd rather make it out of something that, if the pattern works, is at least wearable. So I use this shirting.
I guess when making children's wear, fit is not so crucial, and the fabric requirements are quite small. If I was making a sample garment for myself I probably would use a calico.
This is a little raglan top with a front placket and neckband. I wasn't entirely happy with the fit of this one. There's another one in the works with less fullness. I've taken a few cms out of the width of the front, the back and the sleeves. Because this one is so voluminous it will go into Adelaide's cupboard until next year.
More creative spaces at Kootoyou.