Thursday, July 19, 2007

Fabric Binge

Oh, my. I have just visited la grande-mère á Washington DC, and did not come home empty handed. We went to my favorite fabric store, G Street. The quality of the fabric is much higher then the Hancock's fare that is available to me, but sadly, so is the price. Oh, it's glorious, you should see it... imported silk brocades have a section all to themselves, and discontinued Chanel tweeds are spilling off the bolt. Of course, I didn't have enough dough for the classier end of the store, seeing as those exquisitely embroidered brocades clock in at around $60 a yard and the snowy Chanel tweeds around $120. Of course, I still managed to come home with six yards of considerably cheaper fabric, and I am as happy as any clam I've ever met.

I love when there are bugs in apparel, because that seems like the last place where the generally despised creepy crawlies would be. So, naturally, I was instantly attracted to this piece of quilting cotton tossed into the remnants pile. Dragonflies are my favorite bugs, and around this time of year they are everywhere. The teal and black are so vibrant together, I couldn't resist buying up everything left. There was 2 1/8 yards, which I hope is enough for a fitted button-down dress with short sleeves, because that is exactly what these little guys want to be. $3.88 (!) a yard.

My impression of most eyelet fabrics is not so favorable. I like eyelet fine in storebought clothing, although I don't have any myself, but for some reason it usually fails to appeal to me on the bolt. That is, of course, until I saw this stuff. It strikes me as very unusual, because the embroidered holes are worked into the printed flowers as opposed to being the only decorative element of the fabric. Besides, I have a well-documented and irrational love for flower silhouettes. This is definitely going to be an airy top, possibly with a wide yoke and functioning buttons. $10 a yard.

The print on the fabric reminds me of dandelions, and the green parts look like they were cut out of constructin paper. I don't know if you can tell from the pictures, but there is a subtle brocade woven into the fabric, so it is heavy enough to carry on into my fall wardrobe as well. This stuff is just begging to become a swishy knee-length circle skirt with a satin drawstring, I think. $20 a yard.

So there you have it. I will be floating blissfully on clouds of 100% cotton for a little while as I frantically run all of this through the sewing machine... siiiiigh. I love expensive fabric.



mushroommeadows said...

wow! Very lovely prints; I especially like the last one. I hope you post pictures of your projects!

mushroommeadows said...

Oh by the way, I was just looking at your profile and it says you like lame teenage literature. I do, too! I really liked the Series of Unfortunate Events, but I was somewhat disappointed with the last one.

Anyway, have you read the Joey Pigza books? If you ever get bored and want a real good laugh, those are fun. :) I bring that up because the author is coming out with a new one at the end of this month!!! :)

Emma said...


alluretone said...

oh gosh, i want to go to that store! all i have over here is Joann's, which isn't much.

princessj said...

i love those
what are you going to make??

check out my shopping blog :)

ambika said...

Lovely fabric. I really can't pick a favorite. Can't wait to see the final results.

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