First off, thank you so much for the great comments on my teal Burda top. I really love that top. I’m glad you all did too. 🙂
So, as I mentioned yesterday, I have been thinking about my past fabric buying strategeries. (Yes, I know that is not how you say or spell strategy, but I love fake Bush-isms, so I’m sticking with it.) My closet is filled to the gills with fabric. See?
This picture is from April 2011, so my fabric closet is actually a lot fuller right now, truth be told. (Can’t help tattling on myself again.) But if you’ll notice, there isn’t a whole lot of mass quantities of any one fabric. It’s all 2 or 3 yard pieces and a lot of them are prints at that. I think I may have mentioned my fetish for prints once or twice or twenty times.
After finishing my Burda top last week and noticing that I have 3/4 of a yard left of the teal knit with which may or may not be enough to make another top, I had a minor epiphany:
If I buy many yards of neutral, staple, solid colors that I know I love
and in fabrics that I use often, I will have a more “usable” stash.
I loved my teal top. I think that’s a color that looks great with my complexion, if I do say so myself. In fact, I wore this color for my senior high school picture!
I can’t figure out why I haven’t worn it again in so long. Has teal really been out of favor for that many years?
Anyway, long story long (with gratuitous picture of myself in high school and not even on a Wednesday at that), I think I need to change up my fabric buying habits and get more strategery. I’m considering the following:
- Buy more solid knits in colors that work with my everyday wardrobe and that I like
- Buy in larger quantities if buying a solid (who can’t use a variety of black tops made up in different shapes/patterns?)
- Buy less prints, I have tons already.
Today I made an impromptu visit to the garment district as I had a Living Social coupon to Mood burning through my wallet. I was on the hunt for a heavier than voile weight cotton to make up my niece Katie’s birthday dress. I found the cutest print (I know, not on my list up there, but this is for Katie, not me). I found a perfectly matched grosgrain ribbon to add as trim if needed too. Isn’t it perfect? Katie has greenish eyes, so this will look particularly good on her.
While there I did manage to pick up a little sumpin-sumpin for me too. A red burnout knit. Love. This. I see another date night top in my future. Maybe one with a drapey neckline?
Then I stopped in at Chic Fabrics where I have always had good luck. I came across their selection of stretch charmeuses and just had to buy these too. I have grandiose plans of making myself some button down blouses with these or maybe some peasant blouses. I’m not sure yet.
Yeah, so you might have noticed that I didn’t exactly follow any of my fabric buying strategeries today, huh? Well, there’s always next time.
Happy fabric buying!