Wednesday, October 13, 2010

If obvious fabric hoarding upsets you...

turn away...quickly now because I'm getting ready to gush about the 26 yards of fabric that have arrived here this week.  I totally get it that not everyone loves fabric as much as I do.  I also understand that collecting fabric is not for everyone...so if you fall into that category, I understand if you click away now.

But for you fabric lovers, you who want to gorge in the lusciousness of new fabric...you who are excited when you see the box on your doorstep and you know the joy that awaits you when you open the box...for you, I have goodies!  *LOL*

First up the rayon border print knit ~ is just stunning!  I hope you were able to get a piece of it before it sold out because it is awesome!!!  And yes, Sheila I will be making a cardigan and top with my piece.  Hopefully, the SW Mission Tank with the tie and my TNT Burda cardigan.  These pieces will work so well over my black winter skirts or even my black wool crepe pants.

I also bought two wool crepes from Fabric Mart.  If you've been reading along for any time you know how much I love, love, love wool crepe.  One of these will be a great basic and one is destined to be another fabulous dress.  Yes, I know but I LOVE dresses!

The first one is called Taupe by FM but I think of it more as a coffee color.  It is a mediumweight wool crepe and will be a wonderful basic in my wardrobe.  I bought 4 yards of it...enough to make several basic pieces AND it ain't black!  So even though the pieces will be tailored and professional, they won't be boring black!

The second one is a wine tan taupe wool crepe and the way that the fibers are woven make it look like a sleek tweedy fabric.  Can you say be still my heart!  This is the one that will become a dress aand jacket combination.  It is so different from anything else but again in tailored pieces will work in my office yet not look like anything else being worn. 

Next I bought some of the Ralph Lauren camel wool.  This fabric is sleek, drapable and in the newest, hottest color for fall.  I've been drooling over this piece since it showed up on Fabric Mart's site and I already have a plan for it.  A jacket from B5147 and the pleated skirt from the October issue of Burda Style.  Yes, I've already traced and altered the pattern pieces for this skirt.  I seem to have a thing for Burda skirts since this is the second one I've made in two years.


The camel also goes well with this silk twill that I got from Elliott Berman's Columbus Day sale.  I love prints.  I love brightly colored prints and I've been trying to introduce them subtly into my work wardrobe.  I saw this one and fell in love.  I hoped it would work with the camel and yes, yes, yes, it does!  Dress or top, I haven't decided yet but it will definitely be a part of the RL Camel Wardrobe pieces.

I also bought an embroidered wool crepe from Elliott Berman.  I will make a sheath dress from my TNT dress pattern from this fabric.  I think that the fabric will be different enough to make a statement and that it will work with the Simplicity jacket IF I ever get it finished!

One of the last two pieces from Fabric Mart was a purple ponte knit.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with this piece.  I'm just in love with ponte and double knits right now and wanted to have a few in my fabric collection so that when the urge strikes to use one...I have it on hand.


The final fabric is a salt & pepper lt. to midwt knit.  This was the first piece in my cart because I got an email from JJill last week highlightling this really cool sweater knit vest.  Now JJill makes this vest in a woman's size but why would I pay $89 for this vest when I can make my own for about $15 with a custom fit for me!  I won't wear it as casually as it's depicted, but over a black turtleneck and a pair of black pants, it will be perfect for a Casual Friday outfit.

This will be the last big fabric buy for me this year.  I'm really getting into the remodel of the Sewing Studio/Bedroom and I need to concentrate on getting the pieces together for it and not more fabric.  However, much inspiration arrived tonight...and I think the fabric euphoria will hold for a minute.  So keep reading along because new sewn items will be showing up soon...my sleeping mojo has been reawakened and inspired to create!

....more later!




 

30 comments:

  1. It's such a thrill to open a box of fabric and feel the textures inside.

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  2. I am only upset that these lovely classic pieces are in your house and not mine!

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  3. You have such great taste in fabric! It is all so gorgeous. I did manage to buy some of the rayon border print. Thanks to a very nice Mom living in Florida :) I'd like to make a dress out of it, but I'll have to wait until I receive it to know for sure.

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  4. You picked some gorgeous fabrics. I love packages like that. Fabrics and books (and especially sewing books), those are my favourite packages :-D

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  5. It's so exciting receiving that box of fabric ... ;) I know just how you feel! Your fabric picks are just lovely.

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  6. The FabricMart brick and mortar store is about 90 minutes away from me. As soon as I can, I'm taking a day off to go there. I'm glad you're happy with your purchases. I'd hate to take a day off, drive there and then be disappointed.

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  7. I know the thrill of getting new fabric! Really nice pieces!

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  8. Living vicariously through you! Love it all!

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  9. What beautiful pieces! I have to laugh at myself... just as you were saying if you don't want to see all the pretty fabric hoarding turn away... and somehow I turned off my computer!!!! I about screamed! Lol.... I wanted to see all the pretty fabric! You did well...... easy to see why you couldn't possibly pass up the ones you got! Very pretty!

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  10. I'm ALL about the fabric hoarding!!!LOL!!! Carolyn you've got some great pieces and I love the vision you have for them. I like the fantastic print you have also (I'm huge on prints). The colors are spectacular. Have fun sewing these up......

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  11. I do so love to see other people's fabric hoards - it makes me feel so much more normal myself - I just love to buy fabric! It makes me very happy when a box of fabric arrives in the mail - it's like someone has sent me a gift (by then I've 'forgotten' that I actually paid for it!)
    I love your fabric choices - I think the coffee/taupe/camel colour scheme is very chic and lovely.

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  12. Thank you for letting me swoon vicariously in your fabric drop! Heavenly!

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  13. Nothing like a nice fresh box of fabric for the stash. Awhhhhhhhhh love the feeling. Beautiful pieces.

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  14. I'm smitten with that beautiful silk twill from Elliott Berman!

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  15. You bought some pretty awesome pieces :) I like them all!

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  16. Oh that wool crepe is lovely. I love the colors they are so rich and fabulous. I really, really want some. Will you find me a fabulous piece and then walk me through sewing it? Pretreating, pressing, press cloths? I'm so *** when it comes to using wool! You know it scares my silly. g

    ps - I'm halfway to the 20# gone!

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  17. And one more thing...you aren't a fabric "hoarder" because you use it...liberally! And kudos for you for just keeping up your inventory. :-)

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  18. Carolyn, I am a fabric hoarder as well but I feel guilty about it. If I was as prolific as you, I probably would not since I would be using it up and, as another poster said, replenishing the supply. Those are lovely pieces of fabric, enjoy your treat. Now if there were only some way to get the same thrill when loking through the stash.

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  19. Love it all!

    You often mention the corporate element of your wardrobe...I'm home with my kids, so it doesn't really affect me, but even so, I'm looking forward to a time when the professional and corporate worlds open their minds enough to realize that colours and prints and vibrancy aren't counterproductive to good work and a respectful environment. Dark and conservative doesn't have to be drab (as you often demonstrate), but they certainly aren't the only markers of a good worker!

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  20. Gorgeous fabrics!!! I can relate completely.

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  21. Nooooooo - this is causing me to want to scratch that fabric itch and go shopping. lol.

    You have amazing fabric taste!

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  22. Drool! :) thank you for sharing!

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  23. I love them all and yes I share your fabric passion. I wish I shared your skill, so I could sew the fabric up more quickly.

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  24. Delectable! You are the coolest, I love logging onto your blog for inspiration, it's a never-fail boost!

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  25. Oooooooo! Thanks for sharing. I do wish I'd ordered that knit print when I thought about it, but it was right after my SR Harris run and I was still excited about all of those fabrics

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  26. Ha. Just got word my spouse is being sent back to TN - which means I can start shipping again to a US address (and sending him down with an empty suitcase). So all previous comments on discretionary purchasing, should be disregarded. Completely. All look like great additions.

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  27. The only reason this upsets me is because you have some lovely fabrics, and there's a good chance they will get sewn at some point. Unlike my stash which is almost all fabrics from chain stores, and with my sewing output the last couple of years - very little chance it will get sewn. I'm contemplating a cleanout, and I think there will be a pile of "what was I thinking" fabrics going out the door.

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