Fabric Overflow

It has been 11 days since my last post so I guess I’ll begin by explaining that I have been way too busy thinking and being overwhelmed to mess with this blog because a bomb exploded in my house and now everything is covered with fabric.

Eighties Ladies
Eighties Ladies

It all began the day after my last post when my package arrived in the mail hot off the press over at Spoonflower.

This was super duper exciting because: (a) the design belongs to me and my mother, our having created it together more than 20 years ago, and (b) the samples turned out SO much better than I expected them to, the design having been created with the earliest version of Microsoft Paintbrush. The design is near and dear to my heart because every face represents somebody one of us used to know, way back when, and because we created it together, trading computer time over the course of about a week to complete all the faces. I’ve got it for sale out there, now, if anybody wants to buy some of it (and their organic cotton sateen is currently 25% off, to boot).

Turns out this was a trend, because the very next day I went to Joann’s on a mission to find t-shirt fabric. I was unsuccessful but I did find a good medium weight stretchy knit I knew I could use for one of my vintage dress patterns. I took 4 yards home with me, along with about 3 yards of a lightweight poly I knew would work great for a summer blouse — and it was ALL red-tagged on the clearance aisle!!!

And then, that afternoon, I received the 9 yards of green chambray I’d ordered from Beverly’s the week before. I was very fabric happy as we entered the weekend, let me tell you.

But that was nothing compared to the 3 large storage tubs of fabric I was unexpectedly gifted on Saturday afternoon. And this is where the fabric bomb really begins. Because I was already totally, 100% Out Of Space to store additional fabric when my last post went to press and now I am itchy and twitchy because I’ve decided to keep all said gifted fabric and I have nowhere to put it without major rejiggering of multiple closets.

To top it all off, I then went out on Wednesday and bought yet more fabric in the form of actual t shirt weight jersey so that I could learn how to sew up my own t shirts.

Both yesterday and the day before were spent learning a little bit about how to work with light weight jersey knit, which is what my next post will be about. In the meantime, here are some pic’s of the fabric I’m now lucky enough to call my own. Truly, I am a most, most fortunate lady, here.

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Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Andrea Firthreply
February 20, 2016 at 09:02 PM

Wow, you’ve picked up some great fabrics there. Your faces fabric looks great. Do you have plans on something to make with it?

February 21, 2016 at 06:02 AM
– In reply to: Andrea Firth

I’m a bit overwhelmed by the possibilities right now, especially given my skill level. About a 1/3 of these are vintage fabrics from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, including some vintage Hawaiian fabrics that I’m just in love with. I’m torn between tearing in to them and waiting for my skills to improve (which is what I think I’m going to do). I almost decided to use my favorite one to make some overalls, believe it or not, but when I did some research and realized it’s vintage, I back way, way off.

Jennifer Areply
February 21, 2016 at 01:02 AM

Wow. I need someone to gift me some fabric. That’s some good stuff! But now… so many decisions to make.

February 21, 2016 at 06:02 AM
– In reply to: Jennifer A

Yes. Lots of options, now. I’m just so lucky, and my friend was so incredibly kind to give these to me!

Yo mamareply
February 21, 2016 at 02:02 AM

Did you keep the containers? This is amazing!

February 21, 2016 at 06:02 AM
– In reply to: Yo mama

I did keep the containers, but I don’t want to stack them up (as you know, I’m on a mission to reduce the number of plastic tubs in our household 🙂 ). I think I’m going to use up some of my vinyl and oilcloth and make storage baskets, instead.

sewing à la cartereply
February 21, 2016 at 07:02 AM

What a great collection. Love to see what you’re making out of this all.

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