Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Fabric and pattern matching

While I was in Edmonton I bought fabric, which may not come as a surprise to those who know me :) I bought most of the fabrics from Sig Plach, a fabric store and couturier. They're having a sale where all of their fabrics are at least 20% off - and wow do they have great fabrics! Their customer service is also fantastic; every employee made us feel comfortable and welcome, no matter how long we were there or how many questions we asked. If you're in Edmonton, you should go there.

In addition to the gorgeous fabrics I bought, I have tons of fabric here at home, and lots and lots of patterns.

I spent this afternoon sitting on my sewing room floor with my fabrics neatly folded around me, trying to figure out what to sew next. My boxes of vintage patterns next sat to me so that I could periodically riffle through them, searching for the perfect pattern.

I found pattern and fabric matches for my spring stuff - and wow, do I have a LOT of pattern tracing and grading to do - but ultimately I came up empty for my winter patterns and fabrics. While I could start working on my spring and summer stuff, there's still quite a bit of winter left and I'd like to give myself new things :)

I kept looking through my patterns and my winter fabrics and not finding patterns to use for the fabrics I have. I didn't know what else to do so I started drawing some sketches of what I want the next dress to look like. This way, I was able pick a pattern that will work with the fabric I most want to use - a black featherwale corduroy with a cherry pattern - with a bit of alteration.

Now I have to figure out what to do with all of my knits and all of the new, gorgeous fabrics I bought :)

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