There are a few reasons why I rarely buy fabric, but remake instead….
1. the local fabric store is rather small and limited choice (lots of synthetic blends)
2. economics, remaking from charity shop buys is a lot cheaper and has some eco-cred.
3. quality – it is easier to assess quality, wear, and hang of the fabric from something already made
4. it seems I lose the run of myself when I get to a ‘good’ fabric store, and buy random crazy stuff, half of which is destined to sit around and taunt me (a certain cream knit with sparkles and a strawberry yogurt number come to mind). I get rather overwhelmed with stash so never ever like having much of it….
I got this plaid in Murphy Sheehys and as I like plaid, wool (its a wool mix), and turquoise, why not…..I was really questioning why I got it when I got home.
Murphy Sheehys sells fabric bale ends, so the info on the fabric is often not there (have not a clue what this label meant below) but the choice can be fantastic.
I originally wanted enough for a skirt -.75m, as there was just under 2m left on roll – and they and they gave discount for the full piece, so I got it. I was unsure of which looked nicer right side or wrong side, and cross grain (longer diamond) vs on-grain (squat diamond).
For the skirt I cut wrong side as it had more pixels and cross grain, and I don’t like it. I made a plain a-line, and it feels neither-here-nor-there, and the pixels side ended up being horrible to match.
The skirt is finished but not photographed, as even though its in the wardrobe, its only until I figure a remake….
The fabric looked well on the mannequin full length – or so I thought so I thought I would try and make a dress – Vogue 6879
The only drawback, and it really isn’t is that I don’t like ‘working/sewing’ in it. The arm hole and neck are lovely but it often feels a bit restrictive when I am sewing on the machine, but it is the style of the dress, so its a minor thing really. I adore the dress. I think its a flattering shape, and currently I think the big plaid is compensating for my three-tone hair (in the final two months of growing out my hair dye!)