Fabric Purchases

Fabric Purchases

By Amy Mayen

Welcome to Workroom Wednesday, where I show you what’s on my sewing table! I usually show little projects from the week before. Things that don’t quite make the blog, but deserve an honorable mention!

This week, my sewing table is covered in piles of fabric from my trip to Dallas. I was going to show photos from a couple places we went on our trip, but that’s a bit much for a single post. For today, I’d like to show you my fabric purchases.

Above is a stretch charmeuse I bought in several colors. I’ve never sewn with this type of fabric. I paid less than half of what it goes for here! That doesn’t mean I won’t do my research and find out how to handle it. It’s a very good quality, and I don’t want to waste it!

This one is liquidation fabric I bought on impulse…I loved the blue streak on pale yellow and fuchsia flowers. But once I got it back to the hotel, I had second thoughts. Now I think it looks dated. I’ll need to be very careful what I make with it. If I make the wrong garment, it will look like a thrift store item. (But not the awesome kind, the kind nobody buys.) If you have any ideas for this fabric, let me know. I’m stuck. It has a beautiful drape and it’s very lightweight. A garment made from this will need lining.

This is a moda fabric that I got a at a liquidation warehouse, so it’s from an probably from an older collection. It was $2 per yard! I love the print. This will definitely turn into a dress for Bella, and there will be enough left for a skirt for me, or maybe something for my niece. There was just a little over 4 yards left, & I took them all. I think it’s my favorite from my Dallas haul.

Here is a Robert Kaufman print with skeletons. It’s a nicely woven cotton. I see a pairs of little boys boxer shorts with a and I’m not really sure what else I could make with it. Kids and white clothing don’t get along. I can’t even wear white… its coffee or spagetti sauce every time!

I’ll think a while before I decide what to do with this. My nephew chose this fabric, so I need to come up with a project for a 4 year old boy.

I found these raw silk taffeta fabrics, (and the black & white plaid and polka dots in the first photo) for $5 per yard. I’ve seen lesser quality silk taffeta for $25 p/y on clearance, so I’m pleased with these purchases. I wanted it all! I ended up getting 2 yards of each shown, but I wish I would’ve gotten 4. I was trying to be good.

If you are a textile buff, I wish you could touch it. If you aren’t, it has the crisp taffeta hand, but with the smoothness of quality silk yarns. Quality silk will feel slick..but sort of velvety at the same time. Taffeta is the loom process…its when they take fibers and sort of twist them together, then use a plain weave. It’s hard to describe, but if you had silks of varying qualities, and compared them side to side, you’d always be able to tell the difference.

Lastly, these are a few of the notions I picked up. I love the red & blue covered buttons! The belt buckles were $1 for a dozen. The turquoise & yellow buttons are darling, but I’ll probably sit on them forever until I find the right project.

I purchased some staples too, gray knit, a huge bolt of black waistband elastic, and some solid jerseys.

Stay tuned for my posts on the American Girl store & a fabric warehouse tour in the garment district! And if you happen by and read this, feel free to chime in and tell me what you would make with any of these fabrics.

Fabric is a sewer’s medium, like paint to an artist. We all interpret fabrics differently. I love seeing and hearing your ideas, that’s why I started blogging!

P.S. I have a fabric warehouse tour if you’d like to see it :)

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Hannah Smith

    If it were down to me I would use the skeleton stuff for a dress… but then I use almost everything to make dresses :D
    Looks like you have picked up some pretty awesome stuff here! Should keep you busy for a little while at least xxx
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  2. Elena

    What gorgeous fabrics! My favorite is that one with the little skeletons on it; so cute! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! So glad you played the game :o) You did good!
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  3. Gina

    I am watching OKC wanting them to pick up the pace and thought I would come visit you. Score!!! Love the fabric and notions you picked up! That should be enough fabric to keep you busy for a bit!! With the floral fabric I see a dress with a Peter pan collar that buttons down to the waist and a full flowy skirt portion and a black satin ribbon around the waist. Break out your vintage patterns!!!!
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  4. Jennifer Lachman

    Hey Amy, I know you have been looking for a pattern for a skirt with built in shorts and coincidentally my daughter just asked me for the same thing today. She had a school concert and had to wear a skirt to school and said it was annoying at recess. I’m going to try to find a knit skirt pattern and shorts pattern that will work well together and then adjust the waistband to incorporate them together and make them one piece. I’ll let you know how it works.
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  5. Jennifer Lachman

    Nice finds. I wish I lived closer to civilization so I could visit some real fabric stores, but unfortunately my only options are online or drive for an hour and a half each way. My favorite is the skeleton print. I see it as a short sleeve button up shirt, that could possibly we worn over a black long sleeve tee.
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  6. Amy of while wearing heels

    Not only am I impressed with your haul. I am equally, if not more so, impressed with how knowable you are. I usually just get what I like, sometimes I luck out and the quality is great, sometimes, not so much. I want to go fabric shopping with you :)
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    • Amy Mayen

      I sew for kids, & they don’t wear it long…I’m usually too cheap for really pricey stuff, but I knew I’d be getting good deals so I wanted the good stuff :)

  7. ingrid@nowathomemom

    Oh! can’t wait to see everything you will do with these fabrics Amy! :-) I don’t know know much about fabrics but the first 3 you showed us, look beautiful! as for the one that you don’t know what to do with it; I had a similar shirt before getting pregnant; it was beautiful and this kind of fabric was used in the back of the shirt (it was a bit transparent in the back but perfect for summer)
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    • Amy Mayen

      Was the front jersey, like a tshirt fabric? I’ve been seeing those…that would be cute!!

  8. Dee

    I love a good shopping score! The fabrics are beautiful!! Now I wish I would have taken sewing instead of woodshop!
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  9. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    What a fun haul Amy. Dallas sounds like an awesome field trip for fabric lovers.

    I understand your concern about the fabric that looks somewhat dated. Like MommaNene, I immediately envisioned it with a brightish blue denim. A jean jacket style or vest…and something ind of like this, http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1354-products-46630.php?page_id=174 That was just a quick search for what I was thinking of.

    Let us know what you decide,

    Sue xo
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    • Amy Mayen

      Sue, thanks for the pattern link! I don’t have enough yards to get the length that pattern calls for…I wonder how it would look shorter? I’m definitely wishing I had one more yard for the length !!! Thanks for the help! Knowing me, it will sit in the stash until the whimsy strikes me…

    • Amy Mayen

      Me too Rachel! I made a sewing machine cover since I’ve been back, & about to cut a dress. I haven’t even touched my new fabric! It’s like I’m scared to use it :)

    • Amy Mayen

      Mel, I paid $2 for that button. I’m not sure if it was a deal or not..but I wanted it!!

  10. villy

    oh I envy you … I had to come to you … I’m in a place like a kid in a toy store .. the cloth with blue stripes, which waver, would become a great tunic with underneath body color top.
    For others don’t comes me idea right now, but you’ve done a lot of bargain
    you buy them! Congratulations for choosing!
    Have a nice creative moments with new material!
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