Saturday, November 01, 2014

So this happened...

I will let the pictures speak...


All of the fabrics are from Fabric Mart:
top to bottom ~ 5 yards of black tricot knit, 3 yards of a gray embossed ponte
houndstooth border print ITY knit, emerald/yellow/black/white lg box plaid,
light blue/black print mesh, navy & lt. blue pinstripe stretch wool

How I'm going to use the mesh and pinstripe fabrics together

A full shot of the ITY knit - love this pattern and it's still available on the site

I've been working a lot lately...over six weeks at a crazy pace.  I was able to get into the sewing cave during some of this time but not in the last two weeks...so that's how the above happened.  And wait, I broke my "no ponte until January" rule.

This is what happened yesterday ~

Guess I'm not the only one who thought that was a good deal because it's all sold out now. I am the lucky purchaser of 10 yards.  Not only is this good for the collection but it's also good for my daughter.  My intent is to add some long sleeves to McCalls 6886 and make a couple dresses for my daughter to wear to work for fall/winter.

A shimmery ponte also landed in the cart. No picture of that until it arrives because it's sold out too. Guess it has something to do with the fact that everything at Fabric Mart is 40% off right now.

I've been doing so well with the "no fabric accumulation" and it was stress at work that encouraged me to hit the buy button...that and the fact that I'm a fabricaholic with a ponte problem. *sigh*

This is what it looks like outside right now...



So I'm in the sewing cave finally starting to work on my Muse dress. The pattern alterations are done and it's on to cutting out the fabric.  Hopefully I'll have a new dress to wear to work this week.

BTW, has anyone seen the new program on Lifetime, Project Runway Threads, with teenagers as the designers? It's an interesting take on the Project Runway theme. I've watched an episode. Not sure that I will be an avid follower but it's a nice riff on the concept. Here's a YouTube video with a sneak peek of the season:




...as always more later!

32 comments:

  1. Love your purchases but dang you for cleaning them out of the black ponte! ;)

    Your print and stripe combo is right up my alley. Great choices, Carolyn.

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    1. Thanks Bunny! I'm going to use the combo for another one of my boring sheath dresses! *LOL*

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  2. I hit up Fabric Mart this week too. Got three yards of the houndstooth myself. Great Score--great prices. I know, I was on a fabric fast too. I lasted about four months. FM is hard to resist.

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    1. Actually Fabric Mart is the devil! *LOL* I've been doing so good resisting them but I just snapped...and placed not one, not two but three orders! Sometimes their prices are so good and the quality of the fabric so awesome that I wonder how they don't go out of business!

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  3. FM is irresistible, don't feel bad :)
    I can't wait to see your version of the muse dress, I'm sure it'll look great on you.

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  4. I hit delete on the FM email before I looked at it. That's the only way I can stop myself from buying. There's always something that I "must" have so the only way to not buy is to not look! I've watched a couple of the Project Runway Threads episodes. I have to say I find it a little demoralizing to watch a 12 year old sew better than I do!

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    1. I know right! I watched the episode with the girls from California and thought they could be designers right now...awesome talent!

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  5. The last time that ponte was on sale o bought 2 yards. It was so nice and I was so disappointed I didn't buy more. I scored 9 yards. And some border print ITY. Had to.

    I've jumpedwaaaaay off the wagon due to stress. But it's okay! Just keep sewing!!!!

    Can't wait to see new creations!

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    1. Gurl - I've got so much fabric now that I'd need to be chained to my sewing machine and sew day and night for years and years to get even with the buying!

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  6. Ooohhh. I'm jealous. Those are some really gorgeous fabrics. Can't wait to see what you make from them all.

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    1. Thanks Ann! And I'm in awe of the garments you made for the Fabric Mart contest...your sewing was amazing!

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  7. I had a tough week at work as well and you know what I succumbed to? Beverly John son's bramaking class on Craftsy. I read her manual but have been meaning to take her video class as a supplement. I'll be watching it on this rainy Saturday.

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    1. Maddie - that is a great way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon!

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  8. I am glad those fabrics went to a good home! Almost all of those were in my cart until I dithered until they were sold out. I can't wait to see what you make of them, esp. the green plaid! (I only got 6 yds of the black ponte...I am trying to resist!)

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  9. I went through my fabric collection yesterday to find silky top fabrics (I really need some tops for my RTW suits for work) and I find having a lot of fabric so overwhelming! I don't think I can ever sew it all up. Especially at the rate I sew..lol. BTW, nice purchases :)

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  10. I have been deleting the emails. However, that houndstooth is stunning. I bopped right over and picked that up, along with a bunch of a solids and hopefully I got the end of a fantastic border print. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed right now with all I've got. The box from Kashi is still sitting upstairs!! I think I'm going to drag JB to the big box hardware store this weekend and buy gorilla shelves and relocate all the fabric into the workout (HA!) room, move the old method of storage to the garage, and rearrange the space - yet again. If I can put the fabric away and still be able to see it I think that will help.

    Do you sort/store you fabrics by color/type/weight or some combination of all three? Hope you get some sewing done this weekend - you sound like you could use the creative down time. I, for one, am inspired every.single.time another of your 'boring sheath dresses' rolls out of the cave! Thanks friend. g

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  11. I can make out from here, a mesh ruffled blouse with a ruffled vee neck and a pinstripe skirt suit.

    And I see a dress with diagonal details in the grey embossed pont fabric.

    Can't wait to see what you make!

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  12. Carolyn, I love reading your blog and have been quietly reading it for probably four or five years and enjoying how passionate you are. If anyone asked me to say two things about you I would have to say, "Carolyn has a monster fabric stash and she works her caboose off at work!" Those two things have been a constant in your life. As hard as you work you deserve all that fabric!

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    1. Love Sunday mornings! Reading y favorite sewing blog, diaryofasewingfanatic, and watching reruns of Mad Men before I enter my sewing cave! It is my inspiration! ~Valerie

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  13. What great fabrics, and I too would love to be sewing with them.
    I ate way too much chocolate cake today (after losing lots of weight last year); now I wish I had gone out and bought fabric instead! Much healthier...

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  14. This week I heard the siren song of 'unique prints' and the credit card came out to play- curse you Fabricmart and your tempting textiles!

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  15. I'm so sorry I read this enabling post. I'm tempted to look, but I've required myself to clean up my stash closet before buying more, and I'm too lazy to do it!

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  16. Haha! I said I wouldn't buy any more fabric either and now I have three knits on the way to me.... I can't wait to see what you make with those and your Gillian dress! Two of the knits I recently purchased are for that pattern,too!

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  17. Wow, beautiful fabrics Carolyn! I wouldn't have been able to resist either, especailly after a few weeks of rough work! I think I might mosey on over to Fabric Mart to see if they have anything left. Good luck with your projects!

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  18. Nice haul! At $3.99 a yard, how can you not?

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  19. I love the fabric.I have been wanting some houndstooth for awhile now. I really need to get some.

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  20. Great fabric! That hounds tooth is speaking to me. I recently did a stash sort and am trying to create a 'leaner' stash. Hah! We'll see how long that lasts :)

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  21. I drank the Kool-Aid and bought some of the gray embossed ponte and black tricot knit too and a few other pieces. So much for temperance! I thought of you when I saw the houndstooth.

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  22. The same thing happened to me this weekend, but I was over in the silk section. My fabric purchases in Oct were a record high. I have got to do some sewing!

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  23. You are not a good influence for fabriholics like me! After more than a year, my son moved back out and my sewing room/guest room is all mine again. The first thing I did was go out and get a bunch of new fabric. Sewing away... the first thing I did was make 3 bathing suits with matching caps [remember - I live in South Florida]. Working feverishly on a brand new fall/winter wardrobe... which I haven't done in about 2 or 3 years, but I've got to make a trip up north next month and MUST have new togs.

    As for Project Runway Threads... I've been recording it. So far, I believe I've seen all but one or two of the episodes. These kids are over the top if you ask me. Not one of them acts like any child I have ever known. They are talented, though. I would, however, like to see what they can do on their own without the help of parents, grandparents, etc. I'll probably watch more if there is nothing else to do. At least it's better than Real Housewives from anyplace... if you know what I mean.

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