Yes, I’ve been buying fabric again. But! I found the perfect fabric for my 70s jumper, and then of course I had to order more than one fabric (not use paying shipping for just one, right?) But it did get me to thinking – it’s pretty clear from my choices that I prefer prints to solid colored fabrics by a pretty wide margin. I’m just not drawn to solids, you know? And then there’s the issue of scarcity – I know I can probably find more brown gabardine, for instance, but whatever fabulous print I’m looking at will probably never be seen again. But really I just love prints – I have mostly prints in my RTW wardrobe, except for basics like pants, so it makes sense that I would sew them.
I am super picky about the scale of prints - as a small-ish person I have to be careful with larger designs, because they can become overwhelming really quickly. I rarely buy knit prints, for instance, because all the ones I find seem to be really large. I’m drawn to unusual prints, but I do like symmetry – something too random and splotchy just doesn’t ring my bell. I also love prints that have a hand drawn or watercolor effect – one thing I don’t like about modern quilting prints is that they often look computer generated to me – he edges are too smooth, and everything is very perfect!
I bought this ITY knit print from Fashionista Fabrics today – I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but the red print is made up of tiny exclamation points. I really like that – it’s a bit whimsical, but since the print is small it isn’t too wacky. I am not at all sure what I’m going to make out of this. A dress for sure – I have 2 yards, and I can get a knit dress out of that. Do you have a favorite knit dress pattern? I am open to suggestions (it’s the one type of pattern I don’t usually buy!)
When I buy solids I look for good colors, which on me are mostly jewel tones (surprisingly hard to find, which is another reason I don’t buy many.) Not all patterns work with a print – there’s no point in making something complicated if you can’t see the details! And then there’s the issue of matching the print (I often don’t bother – I will match at center front, but not generally at the sides, unless it’s a plaid or stripe.) I thought about being super OCD about matching, but I see an awful lot of expensive print dresses that don’t even match at center front.
So which do you prefer? Are you a print or a solid?
Oh yes, and the rest of the fabric I ordered. I decided on a fairly traditional choice for my jumper:
Yes, my polka dot obsession marches on full force! I didn’t want a real print for the jumper – I thought that with either a solid or small dot I would be able to wear it with a blouse in the fall. I also love navy and white together. It seems hard to find navy – I’ve been searching for a navy and white stripe knit (with at least 1/2″ stripes) for ages, and can’t find one anywhere!
Finally, I got 3 yards of rayon challis. I love this – it’s unusual to find rayon challis in a modern print! Challis is currently one of my favorite fabrics – it’s got a lovely drape, but it isn’t sheer! I’m making my Tara dress out of challis. I knew immediately what I wanted to make with this fabric.
I like the yellow dress with the ruffled bodice. This pattern came out this summer, and I haven’t seen anyone make it yet – I may be the first! This dress is not my usual style, but it looks comfortable. I am also in major love with this sort of ruffle. I might make it with the 3/4 length sleeves, since I doubt I will be able to wear a sweater over it (and I am always cold!)
I hope to be back soon with modeled photos of my latest dress – I just have to pin down my photographer!