Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Sometimes fabric shopping can be a crap shoot, especially when you have a tendency to limit yourself to the clearance rack. JoAnn's Red Tag fabrics are almost always polyester nightmares, though in the past I've found amazing treasures, like cyan-blue stretch cotton french terry, floral-print white cotton twill, and black cotton with an amazing multi-colored embroidered border.

A few Saturdays ago a trip to JoAnn's ended up being one of those really good days for finding fabric, and here's what I got:

-Yellow cotton eyelet, dyed with a natural dye:

Maeve picked this out for part of her summer wardrobe. This should be fun to work with.

-Navy and white polka-dot chiffon. Yes, it's polyester, but I've been looking for a polka-dot chiffon to make the Taffy blouse from the Colette Sewing Handbook, and this fits the bill perfectly:

-White cotton stretch woven with red embroidery:

Not sure what this will be, but I'm thinking a blouse of some kind.

-Two different rayon/Spandex knits:

These will be shirts or summer dresses/tunics, I think.

-The pièce de résistance, lightweight stretch cotton sateen in red and white butterfly print on navy ground:

The printing on this fabric is phenomenal ( I know it's not obvious from this blurry photo). Normally in a dark stretch print on white fabric, when the fabric is stretched you can tell that it's printed on white because the white will show. Not this one. I've been planning a Rooibos dress but couldn't find a fabric that grabbed my eye. As soon as I saw this print it was like it shouted "Rooibos!" at me. Now I just have to buy the pattern.