Pretty Fabric Finds + Pencil Skirt Challenge Fabric! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pretty Fabric Finds + Pencil Skirt Challenge Fabric!

After my tips for finding fabric at the swap meet, I promised to show you my haul.  Honestly, I was stalling for time so I could re-steal my man's camera after our trip.
(By the way, re-read the Ireland posts here and here to see all of the pictures I took on his camera.)

Are you all ready for some pretty fabrics?



By the way, I already folded the fabric prior to taking the photographs (using this method), so I had finagle the fabric bundles to show the drape without completely unfolding them.

Also, I don't have a great fabric vocabulary, so here's my attempt to characterize each of these.  By the way, whenever I have a price listed at <$1/yard, it's because I got a deal on a fabric that was regularly priced at $1/yard, but I'm too lazy to calculate.  :)

1. Red & White Striped Jersey (5 yards, <$1/yard)
2. Red Linen (2 yards, <$1/yard)
3. Pink Crepe (3 yards, <$1/yard)
4. Red, Pink, and White Floral Crepe (about 2 yards, <$1/yard)


I don't have any specific plans for any of these, but here are my thoughts!

Fabric 1: I'm thinking about a maxi dress like the one I sewed here, but I'm a bit worried that I'll look like a circus tent!

Fabric 2: It would be perfect for a skirt, but since I already have a red skirt, I might make it a cropped jacket.

Fabric 3: It will probably be a dress because it's so flowy, but there is no pattern picked out yet.  It could easily be a cute top too!

Fabric 4: I may use the Colette Chantilly, but I'll have to check that I have enough yardage.



5. Red & White Polkadot Crepe (3 yards, <$1/yard)
6. Gray & Yellow Striped Crepe (3 yards, <$1/yard)
7. Yellow Linen (about 2 yards, <$1/yard)
8. Navy Cotton with Eyelet/Lace Border (3 yards, <$1/yard)


Fabric 5: No plans yet, but it could be any vintage-style pattern.  Maybe the Sultry Sheath or Tiki Dress from Gertie's book?  I haven't used it yet!

Fabric 6: I love the pattern for the maxi dress so much, that this fabric is DEFINITELY headed that way too...

Fabric 7: It photographed terribly, so I took another picture below.  It's going to be used for the Pencil Skirt Challenge!

Fabric 8: It has a lovely border print, that's begging to be used on another Colette pattern.  Maybe the Hazel or the Eclair?  I have both in my collection.  :)


Here's Fabric #7 again.


See!  I told you it was a nice, sunny yellow.  :)

I think it'll be perfect for my pencil skirt, once it's ironed...


9. Burnt Orange Lycra Jersey (2.5 yards, <$1/yard)
10. Gold Lycra Jersey (2.5 yards, <$1/yard)


Fabric 9 & 10: I plan on using them together in a maxi dress, with a twist detail in the front.  I'm not even sure if a pattern like that exists.  Anyone know of any?  If not, I have a few spare yards to do some improvising!


And yes, I bought some patterns at Joann's with the $1 sale going on.  In fact, there are a couple of patterns that I might have to dig into right away.  I'm loving the dresses for summer!



Any ideas for patterns or corrections on my attempts to name these fabrics?




4 comments:

  1. It is pretty hard not to take everything home, when you've been around all the lovely fabric all day, haha.. :)
    But I guess you get used to not to take everything home (after a while) :)

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  2. I would be sooo bad if I worked in a fabric store! I have no willpower when it comes to pretty things. :)

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  3. You've got lovely fabrics! :) And they're really cheap, huh!

    Fortunately I work in a fabric shop, and get some discount. Yay - but it can be dangerous, because I buy too much fabric, hehe. :P


    And it IS a really pretty maxi dress!
    I might be able to wear one in the future... I'm sort of on a diet now, so hopefully I'll get smaller. :P
    Happy Wednesday!

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  4. I love a good deal on fabric!!

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