Sunday, January 31, 2010

new fabric

I'm really in the mood for some garment sewing. I've seen lovely summery materials that I've resisted for months, thinking I should prove to myself that I can sew some old projects before I invest in know the mental routine. But then I really had to have new Easter dresses from Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks line (she's a Nashville girl! With a toddling baby boy! And, oh, those dobby voiles!) and what if my favorite sold out??? So, since I had a bit of a Paypal balance left from my holiday sales, I let the girls choose their favorites. Plus one for a Mama blouse/Reuben tie.And then had to add a couple of others, since I was paying shipping (I chose to order from an etsy seller, fabricworm. She was great; answering questions & shipping quickly). One favorite each: Owls for Audrey's summer solstice pajamas (a tradition I keep thinking I'll start since the girls have a drawer full of flannel Christmas nightgowns and not many lightweight jammies), and blue unicorns for Marian. And, um, how to resist a Japanese import that has both goats and hedgehogs? How often do you see that???The voiles are as buttery soft as promised, and the dobby dots are overdosing on cuteness. They're sheer enough that I think I'll need to line at least the skirts (using a pattern that I've sewn over and over and keep on loving--see a variation on Sally's blog here), maybe with just a layer of inexpensive batiste. The unicorn print is from Heather Ross' Far, Far Away line, and a double gauze. Since I didn't know what that was, I took a picture for you: prelined, basically. The two layers are attached every 1/2 inch or so. It will be interesting to sew. I've heard it's a bit of a headache. I think a spring blouse? Also, loving the apple-y selvage color swatch. Oh, yeah, that Paypal balance is so gone. This is not a "great deals!" sort of post.

Wish me luck.


stgraham said...

I love new fabric!! I have to admit that I have a fabric problem though. I buy way too much.

I have the cute owlie fabric in 2 different colors. So cute!

sallyavena said...

You are on a crafting role. What fun fabric! I've been resisting the urge to buy new fabric lately, but I'm going to cave in for Easter dresses. As for the double guaze, oliver & s had a post about it a while back on how she used it and how it sewed up.

nweames said...

Love cute fabric. I've been trying to get rid of mine so I can start buying again.