YARDAGE of the WEaK

YOW Gertie FloralCan you believe I found this cotton sateen at Joann’s of all places? Because I cannot. And I’m the one who bought it! It’s from the new fabric line, “Gertie”, designed by our favorite vintage-crazy, blogging seamstress, Gretchen Hirsch. And, I really, really dig it.

Gertie Swatch

Finding cotton sateen at Joann was a miracle all on its own, but to find a print that reminds me of this Dolce & Gabanna collection I’ve been stalking for months was downright magic.

Dolce & Gabanna Floral Collection

I think it’s brilliant to choose ONE print for so many garments. D&G’s collection has more than I featured above, but I’d be happy with just three pieces in a mini capsule wardrobe.

I didn’t get 10 yards of Gertie floral, however. Only three. Figured I’d make one dress (get a little pattern placement practice with those massive flowers – mind the girls, now) and see what happens from there. Though I can predict getting tired of the print after hours of handling it and walking away from my One-Print-Many-Garments fantasy.

Gertie Floral

What would you make with this bold cotton sateen floral?

Bolts of Candy

Ran into recent photos of Mood Fabric’s New York warehouse on their blog.

I WANT TO GO THERE.

Mood Fabric's New York Warehouse

I visited the Los Angeles store a couple of years ago and nearly passed out in the aisles. Mood’s NY warehouse photos make me dream of what I’d behold if I worked for FedEx and made their deliveries. I’d totally get fired for never being on time to my next delivery.

I Don’t Need No Stinking Swatches…Well, Maybe I Do

Spring / Summer 2012 Fabric Swatch Board

I was supposed to be cleaning my house. Instead, I organized my fabric closet into spring/summer sewables (including fabrics I’ve already sewn this year) and made a swatchboard — which has become so very useful to me already.

Mena has posted the themes for the next six weeks of challenges at The Sew Weekly (an update to the challenge schedule is coming later posted), so it was time to stop being surprised by my stash (“Oh! Look! I forgot I bought this!” or “What the f**k was I thinking when I bought THAT!”) and figure out what I had to work with.

This exercise woke me up to the fact that I need more solids (especially neutrals) in le stash and le wardrobe. My attraction to prints borders on obsessive, so I gotta remember to sneak in some solid colors. With all of the color-blocking going on these days, there’s plenty of options for me to sew up. The Pantone Spring Color Palette challenge is coming up, too, so I marinated on some inspiring looks to get me ready for fabric shopping.

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I think I may buy some silk yardage this year. I have a bit in inventory (mostly prints), but not enough to make some magic.

A Shared, But Reserved Obsession for Sunflowers

I love sunflowers just as much as Van Gogh did. This week’s Art Challenge, the unseasonably warm late winter weather, and my unplanted spring garden had me dreaming of sunflowers and feeling inspired by their beauty and practicality (i.e., cripsy-sweet apple slices dipped in sunflower seed butter).

Van Gogh's obsession with sunflowers

But when it was time to choose a fabric for my Art-themed garment, I wasn’t really excited about wearing sunflowers, but still wanted their yellow and black color scheme and intensity.

Enter: Freespirit’s Van Gogh Rayon Challis collection and in particular, this print.

Some of the florals on the runway for spring 2012 had a bent toward tropical, so my choice is surprisingly on trend − not that I’m trying too hard keep up with the sometimes questionable, always finicky trends of fashion. Those who do, make a day job out of it, I’m sure. It is comforting to know folks won’t be surprised to see me walking down the street in a loud, Carnival cruise-worthy floral print.

Robert Cavalli's Floral Print Pants

Roberto Cavalli, Spring 2012

J. Crew Floral Print Suit

J. Crew, Spring 2012

Ashish's Floral Print Dress

Ashish, Spring 2012

I’ll be back later to share the garment constructed out of my tropical, Van Gogh-inspired floral fabric.