Haha! I bet you thought it doesn’t take much skill to buy fabric. Just cash or a credit card. But I am here to tell you my friend, that it does take some skill. Just as buying patterns does too. Let me ‘splain.
While I do not have the legendary stash that Carolyn has, but I do have a modest collection. Remember the fabric chair? (well now it’s the fabric big boy bed that Jack doesn’t use).
I have noticed a trend lately in what fabrics I use. For instance, I used two of the three fabrics I recently bought from Elliott Berman within a month of their purchase (the Christian La Croix skirt and the FKA zebra print, I mean bamboo print skirt).
Most recently purchased with my Canadian friend at Paron’s (which I’ve decided is my new fave place to shop in NYC’s garment district because I love their fabrics and their prices), the silk twill and the stretch cotton chambray, both made within two weeks of their purchase.
So what does this tell me? That I am older and wiser my friends. I am a better judge of character when it comes to fabrics now. Oh how I wish that was so with men. As we both know now, men and fabric have similar characteristics. Seriously though, I think in the beginning of my sewing learning curve, I just bought things that caught my eye without a thought as to how appropriate they were for the intended pattern. Now I know that I am not fond of stretch wovens… that I love knits but want to really learn fit with wovens… that I love natural fibers…
With regard to pattern buying, I was bedazzled by patterns with tricked out seam work, with artistic pleats, etc. Now I know how to look for a pattern with good bones (ones with princess seams or darts which are opportunities for getting a good fit), maybe with few pattern pieces to make things quicker and easier to assemble, and that can build a great wardrobe without looking too boring or too singular. So now when I buy patterns, I am no longer distracted by one trick ponies.
So it is with this new-found confidence that I look forward to the Pattern Review NYC Shopping day on August 28th. Are you coming? I’m still making my list of stuff to buy. I’ll share it with you later.
Happy sewing everyone!