Just another trip to the fabric store

Do you ever do that thing where you go to fabric store with the intent of buying fabric for one very specific project, then leave the fabric store with enough fabric to …. but nothing for your project. Only to come home and find the perfect fabric for your project was in your stash all along???

This is what I do. ALL the time. It’s probably why I have way too much fabric.

On the flip side I am now seriously excited about the sewing I’ll be doing in the next couple of months. Here’s a run down of what I got.

Navy cashmere coating. This is lovely & soft, but it is a little on the thin side for a coat in Michigan so I’m looking at ways I can add some warmth. I bought a satin backed flannel for the lining, which might help a little with wind protection, and was thinking of interlining the coat with Thinsulate material as well.

Cashmere Wool Coating

This Italian wool. This wool is the opposite to the navy, it’s super thick & super warm. I want to make some kind of coat or cardigan type jacket with this, but I’m going to have to be very careful about the pattern selection. Because it’s so thick I don’t want to make a pattern with a lot of pieces or intersecting seams (I am going to struggle to get 4 layers of this wool under my sewing machine foot), plus I worry that would take away from such a lovely pattern. I will also need to get creative when it comes to picking closures & finishes for things like button holes.

Chunky Italian Wool Knit

Last of all was this woven geometric remnant. No idea what I’m going to make with it, but I fell in love with the fabric & figured I’ll use it for something! It’s only 3/4 of a yard, so I’m limited to skirts & tops I think.

Woven Geometric Fabric

A Fabric Obsession

Have you ever walked past a fabric store & seen the most amazing fabric OF ALL TIME?

Have you walked in to take a closer look, spent a good 5 mins looking at it, before walking around the store pretending to look at other things while really all your thinking is, ‘I don’t need that fabric, I have heaps at home, but it’s really nice, AND it would make the most beautiful dress, but I don’t need it & I shouldn’t buy things I don’t need….’

Then you leave the store.

Without the fabric.

Then you spend the next month thinking of nothing but that fabric, how beautiful it is, how if you had it you could make the most beautiful dress in the world, you should have bought it, you’re a fool for not buying it, I bet if you go back the store now, you’ll kick yourself because someone else would have bought it all because it’s so nice.

Then you’re walking past the fabric store again, 6 weeks later & you see that the fabric you’ve been obsessing over is still there! So you buy it without even thinking.

No? That hasn’t happened to you? Are you sure?

Well, this happened to me at the beginning of the year, with this stunning navy & red silk brocade.


I saw it in Clegs at the beginning of the year & I think I spent about 6 weeks obsessing about it, before I actually went back & bought it. I was so glad it was still there!

I have since made this into a dress that I absolutely adore… but more on that tomorrow. 😉