gratuitous fabric posting/taunting

by Erin on October 29, 2006


thai silks fabric

I just bought some of this (from Thai Silks). Was it on sale? Yes. Do I know what I'm going to do with it? No. Will it probably involve a midriff band? Yes.

Sometimes a piece of fabric will say "BUY ME" (in a kind of James Earl Jones, stentorian voice) and when I say "For what, pray tell?" it answers "That's for me to know and you to find out!", and then it giggles (while still sounding like James Earl Jones). And I have to say, when I ignore that fabric-voice, I always regret it. Because sometime soon after I run across the pattern that fabric was destined to be, and when I go back to find the fabric it's GONE. Whoosh! Vanished without a trace. Occasionally the store clerk will even deny all knowledge of said fabric. ("No, honey, we've never had that pattern here." [rolls eyes])

What does this fabric say to you? (Thai Silks also has it in "almond," too:

thai silks fabric

The almond didn't demand to be bought, though, so I left it on the (virtual) shelf.

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Jonquil October 29, 2006 at 5:32 pm

I’m afraid it says “kitchen curtains” to me. Are we still friends?

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nora October 29, 2006 at 6:03 pm

My question is, how hard is it to sew with crepe georgette? Because I love it. (I’m not sure I can wear that red, but I’m tempted. It says “40s swing dress” to me; but the almond color says “30s day dress…”)

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SDMC October 29, 2006 at 6:34 pm

I love the red….the color shouts “confidence.”

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Anonymous October 29, 2006 at 6:44 pm

I am so glad that fabric speaks to some one else. I to am often in the fabric store touching and fondling the fabric when something jumps up and says “Hey you, over here. You know you want me!” What response can you give to something like that except perhaps to buy 5 metres of it.Patricia

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nona October 29, 2006 at 7:08 pm

Ooh. To me it says cap sleeves, piping, and possibly a collar. Almost definitely a midriff band, but not *too* full a skirt.

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Nancy October 29, 2006 at 7:54 pm

I have bins of fabric that speak to me, whisper, cry, whimper, shout out loud and keep me up at night, and I did buy them! (it must be deafening in a fabric store at night…what do they talk about? are they making fun of us? mimicking us, or reliving their encounters with us…)But here, in my house… Can’t they please be quiet now that I own them? Could your fabric talk to my fabric? I don’t want to hear that poem, miles to sew before I sleep…I like both colors. Where are my ear plugs?

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banquogirl October 29, 2006 at 8:19 pm

I don’t know why, but I’d like to see it made into a dress with full sleeves gathered at deep 4″ cuffs with yellow piping and buttons. A midriff band (also yellow piping) yes, but not a v neck – maybe a peter pan collar? And a pencil or A line skirt. Definitely not a gathered one (too much with the sleeves). Presuming that the fabric isn’t too stiff for the full sleeves – I’m no good with fabric weights unless I can touch the fabric. But that’s what I’d do:)

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pirate October 29, 2006 at 8:31 pm

Thai Silks … omg .. I’ve been there. In the flesh, so to speak. You really must make a road trip to vist and we can go worship at the altar of All Things Beautiful. The fabrics there are *to die for*, metaphorically speaking. Small shop, unbelieveably, incredibly beautiful things.As for the almond background …. what about a kimono-type dressing gown? The kind like the 1930′s stars worn when lounging? It would drape lovely and feel like a whisper.

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pirate-sr October 29, 2006 at 8:34 pm

[sigh] sorry about the “fake name” ID in the previous comment. I generally fail at logging in properly, even when I think I have.

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Christina October 29, 2006 at 9:47 pm

Thay fabric screams 1930s to me. With the sloped shoulders and boyish figure and bias cut and little cap sleeves. Not that I can link to a picture to save my life. Sorry

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Robinson October 29, 2006 at 10:42 pm

Yes, piping.What about something like this dress you posted on way back in March? http://www.dressaday.com/2006/03/yoko-flower-dress.htmlOf course, if you choose this one you won’t be able to wear it until next May considering the city you call home.Anyway, something like that dress with piping. The yellow is a nice idea, but nothing too overpowering.

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Kate October 30, 2006 at 4:06 am

Ohhhhhhhhh I’m thinking something bias cut with perhaps a draped neckline. Delicious! K Q:-)

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Anonymous October 30, 2006 at 4:57 am

Doesn’t do anything for me. I see that one is drawn over and redundantly over to the same kind of look, though…..

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Elfstar October 30, 2006 at 5:54 am

I am new to the whole sewing thing (I mend and alter right now. Often poorly. I am working my way up to dress contruction.) so my ideas for this fabric are likely way off base. I’d love to see it at one of those pinnafore-y, 1970s elementary schoolchild dresses that we’re seeing around. I’d wear it over something grey, close fitting, and longsleeved. Note that this is because the “silk” bit of the description is not registering with me. In my head, it’s a nice cotton knit.

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BeckaJo October 30, 2006 at 6:00 am

I somehow prefer the almond. In a full-skirt – gauged not gathered – with a v waist, dropped shoulders and a cowl neck. Hmmm.

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Ms. Kat October 30, 2006 at 6:17 am

Randomly, when I lived in the Bay Area, I used to go to Thai Silks frequently (it was down the block from my favorite children’s Bookstore of all time, The Linden Tree). When I made my friend’s wedding dress, that is where we bought the fabric.Cool to see they have a website.

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Linmayu October 30, 2006 at 6:20 am

That fabric is saying “blouse” to me. With little puffy cap sleeves and a sash. Like this one from Anthropologie that doesn’t come in petite sizes (phooey). Of course, that is not a dress…Oh, now it’s coming to me! How about a closely-fitted shirtwaist with piping on the sleeves and collar, and a full pleated skirt? I at least would like to see what that print looks like in pleats.

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Carrie October 30, 2006 at 7:01 am

I see a mid-length, kimono sleeved wrap dress….

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htwollin October 30, 2006 at 7:07 am

I’m with Christina on this on. Any pattern in the 1930s dress section from VPLL will do – they have put up a new one that buttons up the back (woohoo) AND has a lovely jacket with bell sleeves. And, don’t forget to save a strip 4 inches wide for the hatband. You ARE going to wear this with a little hat, right?

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eisensim October 30, 2006 at 7:09 am

Does this lovely fabric want to be your “Perfect Storm” dress? Picking up one of the colors, such as the green, for the neck bands?The bolts of fabric in stores don’t so much speak to me, as they leap into my arms.

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Tanya October 30, 2006 at 8:42 am

hiya, i normally just lurk…but i just bought the most fabulous vintage skirt ever on ebay, and it reminded me of one you used to talk about…. discuss?http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=019&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&viewitem=&item=290042670305&rd=1&rd=1

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Gidget Bananas October 30, 2006 at 8:55 am

Oh, Erin, you made me look. I just spent 10 minutes bookmarking links to different orange brocade prints — what the heck I’d make out of them I do not know.The orange lust is your fault too. I want that color even though I don’t think it does your average pasty-faced white girl (i.e., me) that much good.I thought the print looked more atomic than deco at first, but y’all convinced me. I think it would make a great 30s day dress, maybe some like this. It’s so very Ginger-Rogers-just-before-she-meets-Fred, isn’t it?And the almond fabric is saying “Gee, Erin, you couldn’t have bought a yard of me for contrast trim?”

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Miz Shoes October 30, 2006 at 9:23 am

The almond didn’t call out your name, because it was busy whispering mine. Definitely 30s-40s day dress. Definitely needs contrasting trim. I’m thinking it could even become a Duro, with the right two other fabrics.

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Sarah October 30, 2006 at 10:19 am

I would want one of those completely uncomfortable change your breathing, victorian style corsets in that fabric….or I would hang it on the wall to match my chinese red buffet and my 1955 Red Wing driftwood china…. either way, I win. I hope something beatiful comes of it….as this is a slam-dunk hope, I get to feel like this hope is well spent. Thanks for allowing me an online place to find hope and happiness well spent.

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Helen October 30, 2006 at 10:36 am

I’m with the almond 1930s day dress all the way. Or something like this in a 1940s stylee. Loving the retro vibe and the beauty of the crepe – the fabulous prints are so often on boring ol’ craft cottons.Gorgeous as ever xx

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Anonymous October 30, 2006 at 11:05 am

I’m seeing a blouse, too. I think a whole dress could be a bit much on the cute-o-meter. How about a drape-front, back-buttoned blouse to be worn under a vintage WWII suit? Oh! It would look fabulous with a suit done in that deep greyish teal that was popular then. Just a touch of this print peeking out from the jacket.

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Anonymous October 30, 2006 at 11:09 am

That fabric is delicious. I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

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yvette October 30, 2006 at 1:15 pm

See this proves I am right in never ignoring the fabric voice, now all I need are some children to leave home and I will have room for it all!

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Wendy October 30, 2006 at 5:13 pm

A “shell” suit blouse, ’40s style, and a cranberry suit with pencil skirt with the (short, lapels, flared-back cuffs) jacket LINED with this as well. I WANT.

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