Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fabric Then Laundry

Last Thursday evening, I went fabric shopping and for coffee with Mary, a blog reader. When I left, I told my daughter and son-in-law that I'd be home between nine and ten only Mary and I were having such a good time chatting that it was ever so slightly after ten by the time I got back to the apartment. As I walked in, I heard my daughter say she's back now. They were worried about me meeting up with some stranger I'd met on the Internet and my son-in-law had gone out looking for me. Sweet and TOO FUNNY! A taste of parenting on a different level only...




... Mary is no axe murderer. She's a sewist and an absolute delight to shop and visit with. It turns out we think similarly and have several of the same fabrics in common including the grey check above which we both bought. It's one of those unknown fiber fabrics as if they have no idea what they put in the weave. I know it's a cover your butt kind of statement but really... give us a hint. They must have some idea. I do... because... I bought another piece similar to this a few months ago and when I washed it, the resulting fabric had a linen/cotton kind of feel. I'm hoping this one will be similar. The abstract print is light-weight cotton. I'm debating which is the top and which is the skirt. Both were 70% off.




This one was only 50% off and more than I'd normally pay only I'd been admiring it for over a week already. It's 100% polyester with ribbon roses on a knit background. The fabric is heavy but has drape. It's yet still another coat fabric for my collection. One day, I really must sew a coat. In this case, a sweater coat.




Until she comes to visit again, this is the last picture of Chloe. She's back with her people and taking very good care of the baby. She stands on the end of the bed or in the chair and looks into the crib to make sure he's where he's supposed to be. Above, she really wanted to know what that magic contraption was and watched it for quite a while to make sure "her" baby was okay. Later on in the day, I caught her trying to sniff it out only it started swinging the minute she put her paw forward which must of scared her because she backed up real quick and looks from the floor now.

I am back with my people too. I got home early yesterday afternoon, unpacked, and spent the rest of the day lounging around although I did start washing fabric - naturally - fabric before laundry right? Today, I'll wash clothes and do a few errands and then... perhaps... I'll even stitch something. What fun that would be.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - On the trip home, there was a fully loaded logging truck coming too fast around the corner heading toward me. I literally saw the trailer tip onto two wheels and then right itself as the cab pulled it forward. Thankfully. It would most likely have been fatal, definitely messy, and not at all fun. I'm grateful to be home safe.

15 comments:

  1. I've admired that fabric with ribbons, it's really lovely.

    I have never quite understood why people assume everyone on the internet is going to be an axe murderer. I am on the internet and I am not an axe murderer. Not to say you shouldn't show some caution when meeting new people but the internet isn't what made them crazy.

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    1. The fabric is lovely. What style of garment do you see it made in to? Do you think it needs to be combined with another fabric? I'm wondering about ribbon overload if I use it by itself.

      The Internet might not make people crazy but I'm sure it helps with the details. On the news last night, there was a segment about how anyone will be able to make a gun from plastic and a 3D printer. Now there's a good idea... not... and yet progress marches on.

      I think my daughter was more concerned that I was meeting someone I didn't know but then again... typically... the "bad guy" is someone you knew.

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    2. When I see it, I'm reminded of a very formal dress I saw in a window in New Orleans that was textured like that, but I think more rose shapes than bows. It limits my imagination a little because that dress was lovely and yet something I'd never have an opportunity to wear. I think you would need to pair it with something else so you don't look wrapped in bows. The fabric would stand out more if it's maybe a portion of a jacket, or the jacket in bows and lapel and cuffs in a solid.

      There are many crazy ideas on the Internet if you want to find them. Alternative uses for pressure cookers being another.

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    3. Would love to see the dress your describing. Sounds fabulous. I think the sweater coat idea is probably going to win out simply because that's what I saw in the fabric and because it'll get the most wear that way... which helps to justify the price - LOL. Definitely I'll want to combine it with another fabric though. I'll be on the watch for that.

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    4. Have you seen Gertie's "cover girl" post? http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2013/05/cover-girl-new-dress-pattern.html It's not the same, but similar in that it's ribbons on top of a another fabric.

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    5. Thanks for the link. That's a very pretty dress. The fabric I have is MUCH thicker and less pliable even though it's a knit. LOL - I'm still thinking sweater coat most likely because that's what I had in mind at first but I want to wear it frequently too.

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  2. There was a wreck this morning in my county with a lumber truck that spilled its load - fortunately nobody was injured and it just snarled traffic during the morning rush hour. I'm grateful for your safe journey and all those others who also arrived safely where ever they were traveling.

    My friend just bought a cocktail dress from a ribbon fabric that looks much like yours. It is a knee length, sleeveless sheath and looks fabulous. She will wear it this summer to her son's wedding.

    Lois K

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    1. Accidents like that open your eyes to what could go wrong - make you a bit more grateful for life and the reminder.

      A dress ? ? ? Hmm... that's certainly something to think about and not an option I'd have considered if you hadn't mentioned it. Thanks. I'd wear a coat more often than I would a dress but... still... it's an idea that intrigues.

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  3. That reminded me of when I met my sewing buddy, Robbie. She read my blog and lived an hour away, so we met for lunch when I was working there one day. My family was terrified, but instead of stuffing ME in her trunk, Robbie had filled her trunk with fabric she didn't want, and let me pick whatever I liked. Now we do the Sandra Betzina classes together, etc.

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    1. LOL - sounds like I might enjoy meeting Robbie. I have a wee small fabric addiction. How fun to make a sewing friend and especially one you can take workshops with. YEAH ! ! ! !

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  4. Would you believe that I met a soon to be good friend on Sept 11th, 2001, in Boston, Mass via an internet message board. It never occurred to me that she would be anything other than what she appeared to be. We were out on Cape Cod at a quilt shop when the first tower was hit. It took us hours to return to Boston, my hotel was surrounded by a swat team. OBL's sister supposedly lived across the street! We remain friends to this day and share a very special bond. So glad you found a blog friend. Also grateful for your safe return. Lovely fabric.

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    1. Especially on that day. So many people were helping each other.

      Although not all my experiences have been wonderful, I have met some very nice people via my blog and on-line teaching. The positive far outweighs the negative so... because I really enjoy people... I take up every opportunity I can to meet someone new.

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  5. Don't you just love mystery blends at fabric stores?!!

    The ribbon rose fabric is gorgeous! You say it's heavy, but has good drape. A sweater coat seems like a good choice. My other thought is a top but it's probably too heavy.

    I'm glad you had a safe return home.

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    1. I do think a fabric store should provide more information. Some one, some where, loaded a loom with some kind of fibre. Whatever percentage is known should be recorded IMHO... but then... no one asked me.

      Depending on the top, it could work but it might look to heavy. The stretch factor give it more possibilities. Since I was thinking coat when I bought it and I bought three meters, most likely it'll head in that direction so I can wear it more often. I just need to decide if I'm mixing other fabrics in. There's a really wide, unribboned, selvage that will be useful.

      LOL - I'm glad I'm home safe too.

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