Friday, November 14, 2014

Fabric Inspiration

Let me tell you how this latest fabric combination came to be...

First, I was browsing my favorite internet fabric site...say it with me, Fabric Mart! *LOL*  And I picked the navy blue (not so navy blue in the shot below) wool stretch suiting.  I'm tired of my black work suits and wanted something a little more "Creative Corporate" to replace one with so I put four yards into the cart...along with the other fabrics that came to visit.

Then the next day (because my day is not complete without a visit to Fabric Mart) I saw the blue mesh and thought, "Wow! That would really play nice with the navy blue pinstripe!"  I quickly called Fabric Mart and asked if they could include a yard in my package - that was already cut and sealed - though they didn't tell me that! Instead they said, of course (best customer service evah!) and added it to my package.

Seriously when the package arrived, it was taped to the outside of the package! But this combination is amazing and so pretty in real life! 



These pieces didn't even make it onto the fabric shelves...they were placed right on the cutting table. I'm using the empire waist/square neckline version of my TNT dress to make another version of the dress...



...last made here. The first version was also inspired by fabric, guess this dress silhouette is just determined by fabric choices for me. I will check the width on this version although I'm less worried about it since it already fit a little closer to my body than some of my other dresses.

Here's how far I've gotten with it...


So this is what I'll be working on this weekend!

...as always more later!



23 comments:

  1. First thing first - I agree that FMs customer service is THEE best! I have so many times, emailed or called begging to add a cut of fabric to my order and get every time! Once I ordered some fabric intended for jackets and had gotten 2 yards of each. I realized 2 wasn't enough and wrote in to add another yard and that time they didn't even charge me <3

    Now...I LOVE those fabrics together and I don't think I'd seen this version of the TNT but the silhouette is very nice and I can't wait to see it come together!

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    1. Nakisha, now you know that I know you love Fabric Mart as much as I do...heck I think more since you are getting way more deliveries these days than I am! *LOL*

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    2. I third that emotion. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE FM- customer service is all time high. Carolyn, are you going to make a jacket using the navy striped material so you can wear it as a suit?

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  2. Ooh that's looking really pretty! Have fun finishing this one up!

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  3. That's lovely! I can't wait see it finished.

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  4. Love that dress. The new one is going to be beautiful.

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  5. these fabrics are amazing together. Your vision inspires me. I'm lovin' Fabric Mart these days as well. g

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  6. Love the fabric combination, Carolyn. And I agree: Fabric Mart's customer service is fabulous.

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  7. Love the silhouette of that dress. The square neck is really beautiful.

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  8. Lovely fabrics. How I wish Fabric Mart would deliver internationally. ..

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  9. I agree with Liza Jane,that silhouette looks fab on you!

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  10. Love that square neckline. Those fabrics look great together...perfect for your creative corporate style!

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  11. I really like what you have so far! And you're right the fabric doesn't look navy blue at all it actually looks brown in the pictures too funny! I can't wait to see the finished product because it really looks good so far

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  12. Wow - that is looking fabulous and gives me yet another style to *steal* - oops I mean copy with the utmost respect LOL. Absolutely love the look of it.

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  13. Do you wash/dry clean your fabrics when you get them?

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    1. Patricia - I pretreat mine as I use them. The rare times that I do pretreat ahead, I note it on the little slip of paper that is attached to each piece so that I won't do it again.

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  14. I envy your great eye for fabric combinations. One day I'll work it out :)

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