Saturday, May 20, 2017

I Love Fabric!

I make no apologies for loving fabric as much as I do. To me, fabric is like paint to a painter.  How do you create a masterpiece or a basic without resources? Now I know there are multiple ways to acquire "the raw material" or fabric. I also know that some of us obviously don't need as much variety to create with and to them I say brava.  However, I need more choice plain & simple AND I like having that choice.

It's also been brought to my attention that when I used the word "orgasmic" to describe my feelings about my fabric collection, some thought that I used the word incorrectly. Not to lecture but I like words as much as I like fabric...and I like the various definitions of a word.

Here is how google/dictionary.com describes "orgasmic":
informal - very enjoyable or exciting. Intense or unrestrained excitement.
e.g. "the album is an orgasmic whirl of techno soundscapes"

To me this definitely describes the feeling that fabric ~ the buying of, adding to my collection, and even the using of, gives me which finally brings me to the purpose of this post.

I've been attempting to decrease the amount of fabric I purchase, being fully aware of just how much I have. I'm also aware of how much storage space I have to store it in and that my collection is approaching the limit of my storage capabilities. So my purchases are definitely more well-thought out now and there are less of them. With those thoughts in mind, here are some new additions to the collection:



One of the fabrics that I don't own much of is denim. I didn't really need it in my previous life so I had only a few pieces in the collection. Those pieces were quickly sewn up once my lifestyle changed. Therefore, lately most of my purchases tend to be denim related.

It's easy and quick to collect the basic denim colors - shades of blue, black and lighter hues and I have quite a bit of that. However, I also like the prints, stripes and patchwork pieces of denim, too. So here's what I recently added to the collection.


I bought 4 yards of this and it's on sale this weekend - 60% off!
It's a stunning piece - IMHO!



This was from the StyleMaker Fabric's Selvage Yard Section
It's a 1 yard piece of a Corded Floral Lace Denim - that I want to use for accent pieces 

I've linked to the pieces that are still available for you to purchase. I mean if you're interested in adding a little more denim fabric to your collection. *LOL* However, I'm thinking I need to rearrange a shelf in the fabric wall so that I can display all of the denim fabric I've bought lately and make it easier to find.

I'm finishing up one more button down using my TNT shirt pattern and made from a ltwt. cotton floral fabric recently purchased from Fabric Mart's brick 'n mortar store...I just got distracted by the amazingly Julyish weather we had here in the Tri-State area this week!


...then I'm using this denim combination to make another Lenox Shirtdress.
The white selvage denim with the floral denim 

That's what's been added to my fabric collection and what's on my sewing table. What's on yours?

P.S. ~ Don't forget to leave a comment on the Lenox Shirtdress post, if you want to be entered in the give-away for either a printed or pdf pattern!


...as always more later!






23 comments:

  1. Beautiful pieces. I always love seeing your new arrivals then what you create with them. Great process. Love that floral denim.

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  2. Your blog, your words. And you nailed it. I too have a lot of resources. So I really enjoy it when you share what you have purchased. Plus, I feel a sense of responsibility to keep the industry afloat. Thank you for doing your part. :) Jean

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  3. That button down is beautiful. Love that print.

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  4. You do have such beautiful fabric!

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  5. Such beautiful fabrics! I couldn't resist - went and ordered that denim digital print. I'm thinking of using this to make a skirt, but who knows, I may change my mind.

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    1. It's a pretty fabric and at $6 a yard for a denim, it's a steal!

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  6. Very pretty fabrics and your shirt is gorgeous.

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  7. Thank you for sharing your newly acquired fabric. My collection is not nearly as fabulous as yours, but I enjoy each piece, as I'm sure you do yours! You make awesome garments!

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  8. I love that floral denim! I think it'll make a lovely dress, too <3 Generally, denim is too warm for me to wear :-(

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    1. Laurinda - my internal temp is finally evening out AND I find most places way tooo cold in the summer time. My amount of outdoor time is limited so unless we're in the middle of a heat wave, I can wear most lightweight denims and chambrays.

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    2. Living in hot, humid Houston I find the new tencel or rayon "denims" a very wearable fabric. I also look for 3 or 4 oz. denim. Carolyn always picks lovely fabrics.

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  9. I'm swooning over the floral denim . . . I'm heading to the Fabric Mart website now. I see a new skirt in my future. And, btw, I understand EXACTLY what you mean by your descriptive words. I feel the same. I am lucky enough to live close to Lancaster, PA and multitude of fabric shops there makes my heart skip a beat.

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    1. Cathryn - did you get some? Cause really how can you lose with $6 a yard fabric!?!

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  10. I LOVE how you say you're cutting back, carefully curating, limited storage... aaaaaand here's the NEW FABRIC!!! I you so much!! LOL I too am right there with you. I have (mostly) sworn off buying fabric. I have WAY too much, it isn't curated, some isn't even findable. And yet someone online tempted me into some embroidered light denim from Emma One Sock, and lo and behold, there was a coral Italian denim that coordinated beautifully with the denim and three other things in my closet. "Buy Now" was clicked in a hot second. :) Must get rid of some other things though. Or get out there (my studio is outside) and sew!!!

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    1. But I am doing all of those things ~ cutting back, carefully curating and being aware of how much storage I have before I assess how much more fabric I can add! ROTFLOL!

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  11. I wish I could write a post about fabric. Truth is I love fabric too but my latest haul is still in the bag. I tell myself that I am going to wash it first. Hmmmm. Maybe that will wash some of the guilt away. Naaaaah, I'll get over it when I fold it! LOL!!! Stash Swag!

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    1. You come up with the best sayings Carol! Now Imma have to use #StashSWAG!

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  12. I too love your fabric buying tendencies. And I got the last of that denim just now, along with some pretty silk/cotton blend silk charmeuse print that are going to be some light and comfy jammie shorts.

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  13. IDK how people buy on a per-project basis only. I could never. I love my collection entirely too much!

    e.g. when my daughter asked for t-shirt dresses for work I easily pulled out multiple cuts of knits that would work and whipped up 3 dresses.

    I wanted to test the Nettie bodysuit? No problem, here's a nice knit in the stash that should work.

    Ahhhhhhh :-D

    I love that denim. Love. Love. Love.

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    1. This is why we are sewing sistahs! Our mutual love of the craft and our love of fabric. It bonds us!

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  14. Thank you (?) for introducing me to Stylemaker Fabrics. Found three fabrics I must own NOW! there were others that interested me but I have a backlog of sewing to get to.

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