Friday, October 04, 2013

Why does Fabric Shopping feel so darn good?!

Breathe...relax...release...

Okay now I didn't fall off the wagon again...so it's okay! *LOL*  No, I took an early lunch and headed over to Mood to purchase my monthly allotment for my next Mood Sewing Network garment.  I've known for awhile that I wanted to make a transitional coat.  I don't get as cold as I use to and I really like layers to stay warm so I've been wanting a couple of new transitional coats. I'd like a short one and a medium length one. I'm finally ready to sew a coat or two especially since I've been sewing fall since the beginning of August.

I knew I wanted to use this Butterick pattern...


...and originally I'd wanted an eggplant colored boiled wool to use for the coat. However, that's not what came home with me.  What is it about going into a really great fabric store, walking the aisles and stroking the fabrics that makes it seem like everything is right in the world?  Or that its possible for you to sew anything? What is it about touching a variety of fabrications and imagining what they can be that takes you to that calming, zen-like place?

I don't know but I do know that I love to visit the fabric store and Mood in particular. Today I walked in and headed straight to the third floor and the wools. I love that floor, seriously! No, seriously, love that floor. There are so many treasures there, so many possibilities, so many unsewn outfits yet to come home with me! *LOL*

Anyway, back to the fabric choice. There are rows and rows of boiled wool on the third floor in a multitude of colors. So you would think that I would find the perfect eggplant in the perfect weight, right? You would be wrong. Now there was eggplant but they were too lightweight, more jacket weight than coat weight. So I let my fingers do the walking and then they touched this and I knew it was just right...





...but the best part of this discovery was that the back of the fabric was bonded. You know how much I love fabric that is already backed. I was thinking of lining the coat but Meg says that I should just Hong Kong finish the seams...so I'm going to go with that.  It will make it a quicker sew so I may end up making two more transitional jackets instead of just one but we'll see.

So that's what I'll be working on in October...along with finishing up "The Five in Five" dresses.  BTW, I'm running a week behind.  The Vogue 8935 pieces will be completed this weekend and I don't think I'll get the chance to start something new.

Well we shall see what come's out of the sewing machine this weekend...

...as always more later!


24 comments:

  1. Love your wool, Carolyn. The 3rd floor of Mood is also my favorite!

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  2. I love your fabric choice and what a win that the fabric is already backed. I love the look of Hong Kong seams and can't wait to see your finished coat.

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  3. love this pattern when I first saw it. looking forward to seeing made up

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  4. Carolyn, I've got it bad too, buying fabric. I live in the Houston area. we don't have access to fabulous designer fabric stores as you do, a couple, but not like the east coast fabric district. Which is why I order online and have visited L.A. and New York just to buy fabric.

    I love the coat pattern, and your fabric choice. I am in the process of making a coat in a beautiful teal green with no lining. It doesn't get cold enough here in Houston for a heavy winter coat. Happy sewing!!

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  5. LOVE THAT WOOL! I love it.. no wonder you couldn't go past it. Can't wait to see the coat finished.

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  6. Oh that coat is going to be lovely! And I have been very good lately and only buying fabric I need for a specific project, except a couple of folks each agave me a large bag of goodies from their stash... Oops!

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  7. i was eyeing those wools!! the 3rd floor is heaven--kway, eric & todd don't hurt either ;)

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  8. I feel like the third floor is the big league - seriously gorgeous everything. For me, uncut fabric = possibility. It's a great feeling.

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  9. This is a great pattern. I love the wool that you selected for it.You are so right about fabric shopping.

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  10. I was just at Mood with Elaray picking out her MOB dress fabric. I headed right to the 3 floor as well. I bought a gorgeous piece of acid green silk and cashmere knit for a top then some chartreuse silk charmeuse to line a coat. It's my year of the coat I've decided. I look forward to your coat. It will be perfect for fall.

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  11. I love your fabric and look forward to seeing your coat.

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  12. I loved your fabric. Peter's comment made me laugh. We don't have a building with a third floor in our entire town. Sigh..... Thanks for inspiring me regularly.

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  13. I can only imagine the euphoria that comes from being in a place like mood and getting to touch all the lovelies!!! Beautiful fabric choice and a win win for it being already backed!!

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  14. Must be so nice to walK through a store like that.....one day I will make the trip JUST for that fabric store :)
    Now is that a pink....my absolute favourite and I also bought some from my local fabric store for a coat :) mine isn't backed. Can't wait to see your coat!

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  15. Carolyn, can't wait to see your version of Butterick 5966. I've been on the fence with this pattern because my figure in no way resembles that of the cover model's. Also, just the thought of visiting the fabric store puts me on cloud nine. Unfortunately, we don't have access to fabric stores of the caliber of Mood Fabrics in our area.

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  16. One of these days I shall make that pilgrimage to Mood. I'm just afraid I'll never want to leave. Love your fabric selection. - Nizzy

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  17. Great you must work near Manhattan, but live in Jersey, right? I know it's not far either way (I was just @ Moods and NYC about 2 weeks ago). One of my favorite places. Hard NOT to get anything from there. :-). Thankfully, I'm close enough to do a w'end trip. :-). Love that dress. :-)

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  18. This is a make I'll look out for!

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  19. You picked the perfect fabric for that pattern. Beautiful piece of fabric.

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  20. Can't wait to see the new coat!

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  21. I can't wait to see what you make with the fabric.. I love shopping at Mood too! Lucky you to have a shopping allotment!

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  22. I totally agree I love fabric shopping -- and might I add that coat pattern is adorable! I can't wait to see the fabric made up!

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  23. That coat pattern is awesome! Fabric shopping is the best... Now I just need to get my machine moving!

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  24. Oh Carolyn I can soooooo relate to fabric shopping and how it feels so good just to touch and stoke every piece of fabric in the store and want to bring it all home. I've just returned from my holiday and went a little crazy buying fabric. I've been so deprived not having a fabric store to shop in and having to continually shop online and hope and prey the fabric looks, feels and drapes as I imagine it would. Unfortunately it's not always the case LOL. Oh you wait til you see the amount of fabric I bought... I had two boxes full of it and had to pay extra for to bring back home on the plane but it was so worth it. I've got all the fabric laid out on my table and would so love to through it all on the floor and roll around in it hahahahaha. Not sure yet what I'm going to do with all the pieces that I bought.... maybe I'll just stroke them and play with them so as I can take a trip down fabric shopping memory each time I touch the fabric. Sitting here and just looking at the fabric puts the biggest smile on my face that you could possibly imagine.... ooops gotta go now and touch some of that fabric as it's calling me and I might just have to drape some of it on me while I'm at it :)

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