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 :)