I went Fabric Shopping today! This warrants capital letters because I don’t often shop for fabric, and I don’t stash. With a single notable exception (stable striped knits in natural fibers with a hint of lycra), I don’t buy fabric without an Intent. Since my most recent Fabric Shopping event back in February, I dutifully shunned The Fabric Store. It helps that TFS is all the way on the other side of the city.
I don’t stash, but I do deliberately buy fabrics that should go together for particular projects and collections. This usually marks the beginning of a drafting and sewing binge that gives birth to another handful of Cake designs. With Hummingbird, Tiramisu Second Edition, Cabarita and Bonny at the end of production, I’m “allowed” to shift my focus to the next set of Cake Patterns…
Last week, I went looking for some red velvet for an upcoming project. *cough cough It’s called Red Velvet cough cough* I found this at Spotlight. It is 90% polyester and 10% spandex. As a rule, I don’t work with polyester, but I’m willing to keep an open mind and challenge myself. This was rather expensive dancewear velvet. It’s 4 way stretch and because it’s intended for dance I assumed I could shove it in my washing machine with impunity.
This fabric is beautifully bulletproof, with great drape and body. I washed this on warm with reds. I left it overnight because I’m lazy and forgetful, and then left it on the line for two days for a similar reason. I expected expensive dancewear fabric to stand up to this kind of abuse*. I was not disappointed. I have the idea I want to make an indestructible cocktail dress. Because.
I had almost given up on finding a beautiful stretch lace to go with my red velvet. I kept finding clumpy, glumpy, gross stretch lace in bright white. I wanted something slinky and smooth and classy in a pale red. Not pink, but a pale red. I’d given up the search when I spotted this nylon lace today at TFS!
This lace will be underlined with a creamy organic cotton jersey.
This I purchased recently from Cake retailer Strommig Designs. I think she still has some pink/orange left, but I’m not sure about the blues. I do know this is an extremely high quality medium weight cotton lycra knit and I plan to use it for a “daywear” counterpoint to the lacy velvety thing I have in mind…
My husband has been pestering me for new clothes for a few months. I made the odd shirt and shorts for him, but I’ve also been squirreling away fabrics for when I roll up my sleeves to create a core wardrobe for him.
The the other day I cut a few pairs of shorts for him and we audited “his” fabrics. Most of them were plain colored twills for bottoms in shades of brown. I picked this up for him today, to break up the plain shorts and pants in his near future. It’s a closely woven viscose, polyester and lycra blend and also feels beautifully bulletproof. I kinda hoped he’d dismiss the fabric, allowing me to swoop in and claim it. Nope, he likes it.
Here we have a lightweight striped jersey with a 5% lycra content. I like a little Lycra in my knits, it helps the garment keep its shape and last longer.
This is a heavier viscose/lycra blend. I wasn’t looking for a fabric like this when I went out, but I have several possible plans for this fabric…
Though the fabrics don’t “match,” I do think they coordinate well.
And that’s how I shop for fabrics! Which do you like best? I can’t decide, I really can’t.
Em at Tumble Weeds in the Wind recently interviewed me for Stashbusting. She asked some interesting questions! The first part will be live on her blog in the next day or so, do check it out.
*(in my brain expensive fabric = durable, though not always washable… but dance fabric should wash.)