Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fabric Tourists!!!



First off my wife is wicked awesome.  A week ago we went out to do some local exploration coupled with some fabric tourism.  We hit a few spots we knew and a few we didn't.  Our specific intent was to find new fabrics for our fall wardrobe.

I have made my lovely wife many skirts in the past, but this year she has endeavored into wearing dresses and so I have decided to try my hand and making her some dresses.  She had a lot of fun picking out her fabrics and me personally I cannot resist new fabrics no matter what they are intended for.

Well we found an amazing collection of fabrics for the both of us.  I am so pumped for the season of sewing. Here are our new fabrics for fall:






We are going with a great collection of jewel tones and primary colors.  I want to keep my colors bright and expressive.  As for the projects themselves I do have some of them planned.

Deb saw this Rocky and Bullwinkle fabric and wanted some PJ shorts.  My lovely wife loves cartoons and so I was not at all surprised to see her come at me with this fabric in her mitts.

Our next gem is this cotton lycra blend.  Deb is going to look great in the gem I have planned. It's a princess seamed dress with a skirt at the natural waist and raglan sleeves.

This next one is for me.  I am planning to make Colette Patterns Rooibos with pink piping.  I love the colors and it is totally for me!

Deb has this really great dress that has these great diagonal seams and a peter pan collar.  She looks so cute in it.  So my plan is to make a pattern from her dress and to replicate it, perhaps with some alterations.  I might need something similar for myself.

This next piece was a remnant and I have just about a yard of it.  I am not sure what to do with it, if I had a little more of it I would make a skirt, but as it is it may have to be a bag lining or something.

This is going to be another for my dear sweet Deb.  I'm thinking up a shirt dress perhaps or a simple bodice with an A-line skirt, or maybe a dirndl.

This sweet and simple print I think would make a great blouse.  I think for me.  I really like it, but then who knows, maybe it's destined to be a camisole.

This is going to be another of mine.  The fabric on the left is a cotton flannel herringbone and the fabric on the right is a silky poly fabric that I'm going to be using for a lining.  It's going to be my fall coat, and I will be making the Colette Patterns Anise

This is another fabric of mysterious intent.  Deb liked it and so did I.  It looks like we're going to need to see who comes up with the more brilliant plan for it first.  I was surprised when I picked it up and realized that it was 100% cotton.  I think it's awesome, but what will it be? Who knows.


This fabric is going to be a version of the wiggle dress by Gertie from her book Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing.  I want to make the version that is short sleeved with dropped waist dirndl skirt.

Then there is the camper fabric.  I started talking about my "camper dress" and Deb thought it was a style of dress.  She did not happen to recognize that the images on the fabric were campers, as in to go camping in, she thought they were turtles. Isn't she cute!!!  It is going to be a shirtwaist dress with a gathered skirt and the  button placket and collar will be in this awesome teal


Some of you may have seen this fabulous dress made up.  It is the new baby I have to love in my life.  It looks great with colored opaque tights and my new oxfords.  What's not to love?

I'm not yet landed on the destiny for this gem in particular but what ever I do will certainly have details done on the bias.  In my mind there is nothing better to do with a plaid or a check than to contrast its awesomeness with details done on the bias!  What ever it becomes it will be something for Deb whose favorite color is red.  I had originally thought button up shirt kind of camping style but she saw a dress, so who knows?

Now this one on the other hand there was no debate about.  It screamed Deb Cook as soon as I saw it.  Plus it was 50% off and it was already on clearance.  And for those of us who know anything about her, you gotta know that Deb Cook loves a deal.  For details check out the blog post about her pants, in her words "These are $7 Pants but they're not really $7 pants".  This fabric just simply has to be a dress for my amazing wife!

This last one is really fun.  LOBSTERS! My stepdad is avid boater and griller, so this is going to be a grilling apron for him.  Maybe with a tong holster, a space for a spatula?  The sky is the limit!
As you can see I am going to be a very busy girl over the next few months.  I am super inspired and I am pumped to get started!



1 comment:

  1. That Rocky and Bullwinkle fabric is amazing! I found two old (like, 1993 old) Looney Toons bed sheets at an opshop today, $2 each! And I am going to make a 50s/lolita poofy dress from them. Because who doesn't need a Looney Toons dress!

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