Fabric Week: Out of the Closet

I have found that one of the best ways to quell the desire to hit "Buy It Now" on an eBay fabric listing is to go upstairs and check out what's still patiently waiting for me in my fabric stash. Stuff like this, for instance:

pink stripe fabric

That's supposed to be a big 50s shirtdress. Someday. For now, it's waiting patiently in a big pile (which is why it's so wrinkly).

This, below, is also supposed to be a shirtdress. I have, as longtime readers of this blog will know, an almost pathological attachment to the color "hot dog mustard." (Good thing that there isn't that much hot-dog-mustard fabric made.) I bought this fabric in LA in January, I think:

yellow plaid

This fabric was going to be the border of a Duro that I haven't made yet. Not sure if I will make it, and now there's only about three yards of this:
scribble fabric

Same thing with this: parts of a Duro that has not yet come to be:

paisley fabric

I bought this fabric because it's a nice heavy weight and I thought it would make a good skirt. I should probably work this up this weekend, as it's a good pattern for summer:

more paisley fabric

This I *can't wait* to sew — I bought it at Joann's, of all places (nonUSians: JoAnn's is a giant chain store that lately has been more crafty than fabric-y). When I was having it cut (I bought everything left on the bolt, natch, about six yards) four people came up to me and asked me what I was going to make. "A *BIG* dress," I said. Of course, I am still trying to find the perfect "BIG DRESS" pattern for this. And deciding what to line it with. I want pale gray batiste, which I don't think exists (or at least, doesn't exist at a price I'm willing to pay, and I'm not going to dye white batiste, either).

yellow broderie anglaise

This last is probably my favorite of everything pictured here. I just can't figure out what it should be. I bought it thinking "skirt!" but now I think it really wants to be a dress. I don't have enough for a full-skirted dress, and I'm worried about matching those strong horizontal lines across a narrow paneled skirt. I think I'll have to do a wiggle dress, but then there's the knotty question of pockets … it's a nice sturdy fabric with good stretch, though, so if I just buckle down and DO IT, it will be amazingly wearable and summery …

green square fabric

So that's what's hanging out in my fabric stash, clamoring to be made … and keeping me from buying more fabric online!

0 thoughts on “Fabric Week: Out of the Closet

  1. Apropos of nothing other than eyelet…I bought a fabulous dress in an eyelet I had never seen before. Its basically a beige ground but the stitching around the ‘eyes’ is in navy. From a distance, it ‘reads’ as a navy eyelet dress. Up close, you can tell that its actually navy stitching on beige. Its entirely possible I would have bought it even if it hadn’t fit me! But it does AND it has pockets!Its this dress, but in a different colorway….http://www.searlenyc.com/store/product1715.html


  2. Also apropos of hardly anything, the third fabric (but in blue and purple) is what became my kitchen curtains. They are chaotic and cheerful and not-drapery material, and I love them. 🙂


  3. It’s fun when you show us the fabrics and patterns you have piling up, waiting for you to get to them. I am in awe of how your creative imagination,inspired by particular fabrics, churns out so many wonderful dress ideas. But what boggles my mind is imagining what your closet must look like, with all those dresses and skirts that you *have* made. How many linear feet of closet-rod space do they occupy, anyway? How many acres is that closet? Have you just annexed the adjoining city block to house all your productions, or what? I hope this doesn’t sound like a rude question; I am truly wondering how this works.


  4. I’m new here, so I don’t know your size or your complete pattern stash, but I have a great “big dress” pattern (and I have two of them because I was going to mail one to a friend). Then you can tell me what to do with my black daisy lace.


  5. I love the orange/blue/green dots so much! I should do this, take pics of my fabric and their corresponding patterns. Then maybe I can stop myself from buying so much fabric.


  6. I see the green fabric with white “graph” lines as a simple little strappy sundress. You could make the straps in white or green or and then use white for the patch pockets possibly? With a thin red piping I think it’d look pretty zippy! Just a thought.


  7. Oh! Oh! That white eyelet…I can see it as the skirt part of one of this big-skirted 50s dresses…you know, the kind with the closely fitting top and huge circle skirt. I would use this for the skirt, and make the top part in a plain white batiste or broadcloth.


  8. What do you think of this?It’s got a full skirt and a choice of sleeves, (3/4 or short puff) or halter neckline, and that skirt is FULL, as in circular, or darn near. I have this pattern. they actually show v. B made up in eyelet, and it’s very cute. -d, waiting for the right 5.5 yds of fabric to come along for v. b, herself…


  9. Erin, I wouldn’t normally dispute your choice, but I’m a trifle dubious about lining the eyelet with a pale grey batiste; I have visions of the overall impression being more Isabelline than anything – just an overall impression, from a distance, of a certain … grimeyness. I would vote for peach, or pink … or mustard!! With a matching mustard belt.And I love the flowery fabric destined for a skirt.Anonymous, it’s my belief that Erin actually has access to a Tardis of her very own, and that’s where her clothes are stored. I’m very, very jealous.


  10. I like the Mustard lining instead of gray batiste. Also, was thinking what about a long dress a la talitha getty? for the eyelet? Maybe it would look a bit too much wedding-y, but she had these gorgeous long flowy dramatic dresses.


  11. You’re lucky to be one of those people able to wear Hot Dog Mustard. If I wore it, I’d look like a weenie. Ha ha ha. Actually, it’s true…


  12. I looooove that last green and white fabric. It reminds me of alligators and would indeed make an excellent wiggle dress.


  13. Love love love the eyelet!!! So pretty. 🙂 I definitely see it as a dress – maybe with an A-line skirt and a fitted bodice?


  14. la belladonna: Ah, her own Tardis. That would explain it. Either that, or a closet something like No. 12 Grimmauld Place in Harry Potter: small (well, invisible in HP) outside, huge inside. Only not so, you know, Grim and Old.


  15. I sometimes think i should label myself “a collector of fabric, that i occassionaly take out and dream about” rather than a sewer as I seem much better at the former. i even dreamed up a lovely display area in my sewing room to stock them before tackiling a better work surface.


  16. Maybe you already know about this, but I haven’t heard you rave about it, so maybe not. But if you’re looking for a big dress pattern, you could try the Vintage Pattern Lending Library (http://www.vpll.org/). It’s pretty nifty!


  17. If you really really want grey batise, just buy white and wash with a pair of jeans.That’s the quickest way I know to turn anything grey. Believe me, I’ve had loads of experience with this…not by intent however.


  18. Hot dog mustard yellow brings back the memory of the dresses my mom sewed for my two sisters and myself. The fabric was hot dog mustard yellow with tiny black flowers- I guess it was calico. We are all different: blond with blue eyes, dark brunette with brown eyes and mousy brown with brown eyes (me). That color yellow was unflattering to all of us. How we hated those dresses- especially my youngest sister who had to wear our dresses as we outgrew them-lol.


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