Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Fabric of Our Lives

I’ve decided I’m in love with fabrics. I could spend hours browsing for fabrics online. (Thank you, Tracey, for introducing me to that guilty pleasure!) I love walking through my local fabric store and seeing what great prints and textures jump out at me. Monday morning I dropped my kids at Tracey’s for a bit and went off to the fabric store to see what I could find.

Living in a place where it feels like summer for about 8 months of the year, it’s hard to start thinking about fall. Especially today, when the high temperature will be 106 with 47% humidity. (What happened to that “dry heat?” Ah, yes...monsoon) But with the kids going back to school in a couple of weeks, fall is just around the corner. So I’ve started thinking about transitioning to fall projects and fabrics. With back-to-school and cooler weather (for the rest of the Earth!) in mind, I went hunting. And here is what I ended up with:
What am I going to do with all this, you might ask? Well, I have plans....GRAND plans! :)

Let's start with these. The print on the top is the Michael Miller "Roller Coaster" print, given to me by Tracey (who picked it up as a remnant for a steal). It might seem summery, but when I look at it I see "fun at the county fair," which in my New Mexico hometown coincides with August and back to school. I'm going to pair it up with the blue "Afternoon Tea Leaf" by Legacy Studio and the "Dalarna Stripe" by Alexander Henry to create one of these adorable layered twirl skirts.

Next in my new stash are these. I was immediately drawn to the far right fabric, which is the Alexander Henry "Sedona Square Bandana." I grabbed it and then hunted around for some other prints that I felt would coordinate well in another layered twirl skirt. The gingham on the left will become the double ruffle trim and I couldn't decide which of the other two would become the bottom tier...so I came home with both!
Next up are these too-cute coordinating prints from MBT. Pink and green are my daughters favorite colors, so I made sure to get enough of these fabrics to make her a layered twirl skirt out of them too! The black with the small pink, green, and white dots will be the double ruffle trim, and the other two fabrics will be the top and bottom tiers.

The other item I've been making lately is this great tiered skirt and shirt outfit (I have one for sale right now in my etsy shop!) I'm going to use these coordinating fabrics by MBT to make some tiered skirt sets. The green will be the shirt, the stripe will be the middle tier as well as the double ruffle trim on the bottom of the skirt and shirt, and the other two fabrics will be the other tiers. I love the combination of these colors, with the greens, browns, yellows, and oranges.

And what usually happens when I go to a fabric store is that I will see at least one fabric that I don't have any immediate plans for, but I like too much to pass up. That is what happened with these two fabrics:

I'm thinking that I will use these to make some kind of jumper for the fall....something that could be worn with a short or long sleeve shirt underneath. We'll see!

Oh, and I picked up one more, the Alexander Henry "Koto" fabric. This one is all for me! My goal is to make a skirt for myself. Things I make for myself don't always turn out that well, so I'll let you know how it goes.


It looks like I'm going to be busy! I'll be sure to post pictures of the finished projects.

1 comment:

Tracey said...

Love your plans! Now.....get busy girl! :-)