... the pile at left above is clothing to hang up and the pile on the right is clothing to cut up. The to hang pile contains three cardigans and three pairs of absolutely fabulous, skim but not squeeze, slipshorts and the to cut up pile contains a black linen skirt, a denim colored linen skirt, and two black sweaters all to be refashioned. At the mall, the cardigans were 50% off the last ticketed price and at Goodwill, the blue tags were 50% off and the most expensive two had blue tags.
We hit Fabric Depot at exactly the right time. The entire store was 25% off although the blue lace above was on the manager's special and 50% off. Next to it, left to right, is muslin, lawn, and a knit blend.
The holey fabric is 100% cotton and could be dyed to any color. The lace was significantly marked down to $3.00 per meter. When I was at Sew Expo last year, there was a booth filled with painted lace samples that was quite inspiring. Since I rarely use white, I'll either overdye or paint this piece.
The cording was way, Way, WAY less expensive than here at home. I bought ten yards of each size to use for making garment trim, frogs, knotted buttons, and cording.
The notions are a violet and a green packet of I-Dye poly for synthetic fabrics, a spool of my favourite turquoise King Tut thread, black cording, a hand felting tool, and fuchsia, black, and pink with black stripes buttons. The triangle buttons are really interesting. You sew the triangle to one side of the garment and the circle to the other side and they loop through each other to close the garment.
I purchase Butterick, McCalls, and Vogue patterns on-line so I didn't even look at those catalogs however, our local Fabricland no longer carries New Look or Simplicity patterns. Top left was bought for the featured jacket, top right for the blue dress with lace yoke, bottom left for the lace backed t-shirt with the pointed hem, and bottom right for the short sleeve shrug. Will I sew any of them? Who knows. Time will tell.
Tomorrow, I have a few more treats to share and then I need to have a serious discussion with myself about enough is enough. Quite honestly, while I'm likely to continue taking advantage of fabric sales, I need to be exceptionally picky. Not only am I running out of stash space but I have more than enough to challenge me and it's time to dig in and do. I'll be attending Design Outside The Lines again next year and I need to sew down the stash to make room for what I'll buy then... because I will buy something... because that's just what I do since I am - happily - addicted to fabric - and - as we often say - it's cheaper than therapy.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - endless possibilities in the studio
Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
- Samuel Beckett
- Samuel Beckett