Yet more Fabric Week

One of the great side benefits of declaring a Fabric Week here at MilitaryHumveeAuction is that I had an excuse — nay, a mandate! — to trawl through . And this is what I found. Lotus blossoms! (Or, if you're feeling especially Tennysonian, Lotos-Blossoms!) This combination of green and teal and rust evokes a feeling of deep fondness in me; I have a sneaking suspicion that perhaps there was a wallpaper with this design in one of the dozen or so houses I lived in as a child … I don't care, wallpaper or no, it would still make a kickass shirtdress — with rust-colored piping, yes?

My quick dip into eQuilter (man! you could spend ALL NIGHT click-click-clicking around over there!) also brought me this:

kaffee fassett stripes

About which I am also thinking "shirtdress!" I love the muted stripes; so very fall and jewel-tony. The best part of making this fabric into a shirtdress would be the pleasure of coordinating the cardigan and tights; one day the chocolate brown cardigan with green or blue tights, the next time the pale blue cardigan with the brown or the orange tights … I don't think I'd ever get tired of spinning the color wheel for a dress in this fabric.

I have purchased dozens of yards from eQuilter over the years … never a problem.

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  1. Just wash ’em! Quilting fabric tends to be lightweight, so either I make things where the skirt is voluminous enough to hold itself down, or I weight it with piping, bias binding, etc.

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  2. Both fabrics are lovely.Equilter also sells fabrics that aren’t quilting cottons, folks. I have a lovely piece of Asian print rayon that’s waiting to be sewn from there. They also carry a lot of batiks.

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  3. Love that Lotus fabric.Ooh equilter, I didn’t know about them…And whoever, back on the shwe shwe post, wanted yardage of those african sunprint fabrics, equilter has them, in their batik section, here

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  4. I sit most of the day, and am looking for a great shirtdress pattern, but wouldn’t these Wrinkle Like Mad? Or is there a secret to it that I don’t know? Because last time I whipped up the Cutest Skirt Ever out of a fun quilting fabric (cotton) it was a disaster as soon as it hit my hips. wrinkle city.

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  5. Gaile – Not all quilters cottons are created equal. Many of the nicer quilters cottons now are made with better quality cotton fibers and some have wrinkle resistant finishes to them. I can’t speak for this particular print, though, as quality can still be a little hit or miss. I would buy a minimum cut and test wash it if you really love the fabric and have reservations.Amy

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  6. I am sitting in a chair upholstered in that striped pattern right now. It’s one of those pappasan (I have no idea how to spell it) chairs from Pier One. If only I had a dress made from the fabric I could curl up in my chir and noone would ever be able to FIND me! It’s a whole new, stylish, modern camoflauge!!

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  7. I was thinking that the stripes look similar to those used in vintage Bonnie Cashin coat linings and her vintage bags for Coach. I love that combo of colors. My idea would be to wear a dress made with this stripe with my blue Bonnie coat and flash the coat lining as often as possible!

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  8. Did you see this article about sewing in the WSJ? “It’s hip to hem”http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116234768423909729.html?mod=hps_us_at_glance_pj

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  9. Oh, Erin. Will you come and visit me in debtor’s prison? Because it will be your fault that I’m there. First, the fabric postings: My own personal weakness (one of many, alack) is for scrolling floral vine patterns, so this first one presses my buttons. It’s like a “mod” interpretation of an East India Company printed cotton. Gimme! (And yes – rust-coloured piping. And teal suede boots to wear with it!)Second: I swear I have the second fabric, somewhere safe in Stashland. Either I have it already in a shirt(dress?), or I have a wad of it. Possibly both. (And it’s unusual for me not to be able to say at once whether I have a fabric, and where it is. True story: I had to do an emergency alteration (overnight) of a light blue overdress so that it could change from a 17th Century overgown to an 18th Century polonaise. The gown, at the time I had to revamp it, was about 12 years old, and not only did I still have the leftover scraps from making the gown, I knew where they were and found them immediately. It’s even more impressive when you realize that my stash runs into the, er, hundreds of yards … (Of course, having moved, my stash is nothing like organized any more … 😦 Mind you, the fact that I have wads of fabric doesn’t keep me from wanting more – especially since I don’t have any (well, hardly any) of those beautiful Asian cottons flecked with gold, or those Kashmir cottons, or those Victorian florals …Aaaaiiiieeee. Help. My name is La BellaDonna, and I am a clothaholic …

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  10. it would still make a kickass shirtdress — with rust-colored piping, yes? YES.I can’t get excited about sewing winter weight fabrics…bleh. I love me my novelty cottons–but spring is so far away.–Lydia

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  11. To La Belladonna:”I don’t have any (well, hardly any) of those beautiful Asian cottons flecked with gold”Pity you probably don’t live anywhere near the Kansas City Metro Area. I’d invite you to come shopping at my house. I bought $1,500 of Kauffman’s “Kimono” line when it came out in, oh, 1995-ish? I still have some left. =D–Lydia

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  12. Oh, Lydia!! Can you post pictures??? I would love to see them! And I’d certainly love to go fabric shopping with you! NOTE: As a matter of fact, if anyone happens to be in the Philadelphia area whilst traveling, I’d be happy to do a Guided Tour of our fabric district. It’s not as big as New York’s fabric district, but it’s large enough to inspire folks to come in from out of state, and I love fabric shopping with like-minded folks! You can post your desire to do so here, and if Erin is so moved, she can email me with the information, and we can make Philadelphia Phabric Phorays happen.

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