My Fabric Stash!
Topic: Really Important Stuff
Long weekend. Finally! A long weekend in February! The weather sucked all weekend, alternating between frigid, freezing rain, rain, ice, freezing, melting, more ice, and once again frigid. The thaw and the rain conspired together to turn all that snow into pure, skating rink smooth ice. Now it's cold again, and snowy, so all the ice spots are covered with snow. This means that while walking down the sidewalk, you can step on what looks like fresh snow only to wipe out and break something on the ice below.
The plum dress is finished, complete with invisible zipper, hem, everything. It looks quite nice. I pleated the bodice front in a way that it has a slight fan front effect, much nicer than the simple gathers in the drawing and nicer than the traditional way of pleating. I think I might do a few beads or fancy thread work along the neckline, it's a bit too plain for my tastes the way it is.
I went through the old fabric stash yesterday. I'm not as bad as some fabric-holics, but I do like to have a stash on hand for those moments when i need to make something. Shall we take a guided tour of the fabric stash Oldest first, or newest?
Lets start newest first. Here we have a retro inspired patchwork fabric. It's made of six different prints, stripes and solids cut into 4x4 squares and sewn together. the base colours are mint, brown and rust. I have a meter of this. It's now fabric, but it look quite old. When i saw it I thought it looked like an old quilt, the kind that used to be thrown over ratty old cottage sofas, when both the sofa and the quilt had developed that old musty a bit past its prime smell but still too intact to simply throw away. This fabric doesn't smell, but it looks like it came from that era, made in the fifties or so...and then carelessly tossed on the cottage sofa somewhere in the seventies. I want to use this for a tote bag and for appliqués on denim.
I also have 2 and a bit more meters of a brown and mint houndstooth weave that matches the patchwork. I want to make a jacket from this, perhaps mixed with some denim. The styles need to be fashion forward, they are so true to the era retro that anything retro styled could backfire and look like rummage sale purchases.
Next I have a few yards of some batik print crinkle cotton with gold threads running through the warp. I got this a couple years ago and immediately put it away and then forgot about it. My plan was to make either a nice summer skirt or a long beach cover-up shirt. This is till my plan and the fabric sits there as I waffle from day to day between the two options. If there was more fabric I would get another two yards and then make both -but since there is not more I debate between the two options. A this point longish beach shirt seems to be pulling ahead.
A yard and a bit of purple pleather. I already made a back pack from this. It turned out quite nice, but the fabric got stashed because the pleather was quite sticky when I was sewing it. I came up with a whole bunch of tricks to sew the sticky vinyl, which lead to my published how to sew vinyl without going too totally insane stuff in Threads magazine. Now the remainder sits there in my stash waiting for me to do something with it.
Two meters of white embroidered batiste. This is a simple, cool, summer blouse, needless to say. I just need to decide on the cut, the style, the details, and everything else about this not so simple summer blouse.
Three meters of pale pink cotton voile. From Fabric land, buy one meter, get two more free! So I got three meters for only 4.99. I didn't even need one, but it was pale pink, pure cotton, and voile, a weave that turns softer and lighter every time it's washed. I think this should be a summer dress, with pin tucks and lace insertion, and all that frou-frou...or maybe not. Still don't know what to do with fabric I didn't need but bought because it was really really cheap.
2 and a half meters of beige rayon challis with a slight satin weave. This is going to be a puffy shirt, like Sienfeld's puffy shirt. I need a puffy shirt! Everyone needs a puffy shirt! It's just soooo I dunno --PUFFY! The original was made in rayon challis. I have quite a bit of information on the puffy shirt, along with plenty about many of the costumes on Seinfeld. Did you know that Jason Alexander wore the same pair of sneakers through the entire series? And when the series ended he kept them as a souvenir. Julia Louis Dreyfus loved Elaine's wardrobe so much that she kept everything. The puffy shirt was a one off, they made only one rather than the usual three and they had to be very careful with it so it didn't get ruined. It's now in a museum.
What else? Oh yes, three and a half meters of some crayola crayon floral chiffon. This is in your basic eight colours in a box crayola colours, and the flowers are quite loose and free form. I need some cotton lining and I will make a very nice summer dress, with thin shoulder straps, a built in bra, and plenty of ruffles. Or maybe I'll let it sit in the stash until I think of something a bit less complicated!
The georgette with the big flowers was in the stash until yesterday when I cut it out into a shirt. Now it's no longer a fabric stash, it's a WIP.
Let's see...what else...oh yes, the remnant bin stuff, the stretch velveteen. It's still waiting to be turned into a corset style vest. And I still have a bit of that pink shiny crushed velvet. Maybe I do need yoga pants made of crushed velvet. I have two tops made from the velvet, so I don't need any more tops. And I have a skirt in a similar shade of pink. So I don't need a skirt. Maybe a nice pair of pants is exactly what i need!
Embroidered and sequined denim. It's kind of -sort of -not jeans weight--it's a lighter weight, about 8 ounces at most. It's quite pretty, with embroidered flowers and sequins, sort of hippy retro. Maybe I'll make a pair of jeans and a jacket from this, make the jeans loose fitting and sort of spring styled, and make a fitted jacket that looks like a dressy tailored jacket, only it will be denim. That would be cool.
Black and white houndstooth, which I keep forgetting i have. Oops. And I really don't know what to do with this fabric. It's got an odd finish to it, with an awkward drape and I'm not sure what to do with this fabric. I guess it will sit for a while longer.
The snake print. Okay, I admit it...I have no idea what I was thinking when I got this! Okay? Let's just tuck this atrocity away for a few more years and forget that it even existed! It wasn't that ORANGE in the store, okay? It looked brown in the store...not orange and red!
Finally, two last remnant bin finds, both are poly cotton knit, broomstick crinkled and mottled tie tye effects dyed. One is brown and black, the other is navy blue and teal/turquoise. The brown is a bit over one and a half meters, the other is a bit over two meters. Not sure what to do with these, the brown will probably become some type of top and the other I'm thinking...I dunno what I'm thinking. I'll need to let it sit on a shelf and mellow for a while. Some fabric is like wine of brandy or whiskey...it needs to mellow with age, if it's sewn too soon, it hasn't reached the peak of its flavour...or at least that's what I tell Dave when he asks why I haven't made something with a particular piece of fabric. I also believe that if you sew with some fabrics too soon after buying them that the colour hasn't quite bonded correctly with the fabric and it will run out the first time you wear the item. We don't want all the colour to fall out, so we must leave the fabric in the stash until we can be sure it won't disappear!
That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
And that's all for today. I have some stuff to do and it isn't getting done if I'm sitting here writing. First thing is to delete 300 e-mails telling me how I have one several million dollars in the YAHOO.COM lottery, all I have to do is send a money order for several thousand dollars to cover taxes! I don't think so! I also have been getting japanese hentai manga in my spam folder, why I have no idea, but one place offered mail order school girl used panties...no. Something that doesn't quite cross the cultural barrier.
Posted by lincatz
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