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Fabric as barometer

2014 February 12
by elizabeth_admin

Folks, I’ve just realized that I’ve officially turned a corner.  I think I can now call myself a Californian.  Why, you ask?  After having just visited the motherland, New York City?  Well, funny you should ask…  It was when I was shopping with my friends in the Garment District.  I realized that while I longingly caressed the thicker, wooly fabrics, I did not gravitate to them as I normally would.  I knew I wouldn’t really use them here in sunny San Diego.

When we arrived back in San Diego last night, we walked out into the warm night air of 68 degrees without wearing our coats.  I took in one long breath of the eucalyptus scented air and knew.  I knew I was now home.  And so, after a lengthy transition, I finally feel that San Diego is my home.  Who knew that fabric would be my indicator?  And how fitting.

Has fabric or sewing ever had that effect on you too?  Has fabric shown you something about yourself that you hadn’t realized?

In other sewing news, Katie and I had time for one last project before I left NYC yesterday.  We used the Oliver and S doll skirt tutorial to make a skirt for her American Girl doll.  The tutorial is for a generic 18 inch doll, but I found it wasn’t wide enough for the waist of the American Girl doll.  I added a 1/4 inch to each side of the pattern to accommodate the doll’s waist and it was perfect.  We made the skirt reversible in the two corduroy fabric scraps of Katie’s own skirts.  Although we could have just sewn them right sides together and turned them inside out, I decided to use bias tape to edge them so I could teach Katie how to use it.  It was a bit more time consuming, but now she knows how to use bias tape.  Check!

Here’s the skirt…





Isn’t that just a sweet skirt?  And reversible too!

Don’t forget to let me know if your fabric buying habits have been a barometer for your life too.

7 Responses leave one →
  1. February 12, 2014

    Eucalyptus has been the barometer of my life.

  2. February 12, 2014

    I love Hashi’s response! I definitely feel that fabric has taught me many meaningful lessons about who I am. It’s a metaphor for ease and personal flexibility. How do I respond when a fabric doesn’t drape on me the way I want it to? What about when I think I’m going to get one result but I get another? What about those perfect projects – the one I’ve worn as many times as my fave RTW? What has made them perfect? My intuition about how those fabrics would work – or maybe just good luck 🙂

  3. February 13, 2014

    The funny thing is that, even living in a land with minimal winter, I still get really really cold and do tend to gravitate to wool coatings. Maybe because I lived in hoodie sweatshirts for so much of my life and want to get away from that?

    Actually, the one thing I think fabric buying has taught me is that I live for comfort but yearn for elegance. I buy a lot of knits, and wear the resulting garments to death, but I also love really fancy fabrics for elegant dresses and coats. I don’t have a lot of basics like cotton or ponte knits in the stash. But I have tons of fancy boucles, teal silks, and lavish laces. I have a lot of very pretty fabrics. I just don’t have the lifestyle that demands I wear them. Oh well. They make me happy, even if they aren’t practical.

  4. February 13, 2014

    That is a pretty neat trick for a reversible skirt, with the velcro!!

    I know that eucalyptus smell!

    I’ve been buying better fabrics, but other than that haven’t noticed any difference in fabric types.

  5. Karen permalink
    February 13, 2014

    I grew up in the Midwest eperiencing all 4 seasons and sewing with all types of fabrics. Now that I’ve lived the second half of my life (so far) in hot, humid Houston I sew mostly natural fibers – cotton, silk, rayon which I consider natural and occasionally tropical weight wool. When winter finally arrives here I’m thrilled to be sewing wool. Luckily, we’ve actually had quite a few winter temp days this year!

  6. Judi permalink
    February 13, 2014

    Cute AG skirt! When I 1st moved here (SD) from the twin cities, I felt like I had moved to the ends of the earth. It took 3 months for me to even like it…especially the quietness…and much longer not to feel homesick for the twin cities. I didn’t have the same experience with seasonal fabrics…I still need “winter” clothes, but my love of fabric and sewing helped more than anything.

  7. February 13, 2014

    I am waiting for that feeling and I am so glad you had your warm evening moment in San Diego.

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