Is fabric like a boyfriend?
I hope the subject line of this post did not get anyone’s hopes up, because there has been no dating in my world. As soon as I said that was sticking my toes in the water, I was sidetracked by my sewing. The charismatic pull of fabric far outstripped the allure of needless drama and anxiety that dating would no doubt induce.
But back to the topic at hand and the question of the day…
I have put most of the clothes I have made so far into heavy rotation in my work and casual wear wardrobe. Remember when I wrote about and asked you how our garments wore? Since that post, I have made a bunch of skirts, and one dress (as you probably suspect, I have not yet finished my second B5147 due to birthday week outings and having a houseguest). And now I feel I have a little experience under my belt in terms of having used different fabrics. I’ve worked with various knits, stretch wovens, brocade, cotton pique, chiffon, cotton voile, cotton interlock and ribbing, and am now working with silk twill.
Which fabric type is my favorite now? Despite my professed love for knit dresses, it’s not knits. Can you guess?
My new love is for natural fibers, like cotton, or silk (except for cotton pique, explanation later). Why? Because natural fibers don’t lie or cheat on you like some men. Natural fibers don’t grow larger on you while handling them like middle-aged man. They don’t get saggy butt syndrome like, you guessed it, a middle-aged man (unless they are cotton pique – more on that later).
Remember my first sheath dress (B5147)? That was made with a stretch cotton chambray. I’ve worn it twice and it’s stretched out from being a sheath dress to becoming a shift dress. Ugh!
Remember my black & white zebra I mean bamboo pencil skirt made of cotton pique? Yeah, well, it’s a little a-line ish now and completely stretched out after 3 or 4 wearings. Coulda shoulda underlined this puppy!
How about my brown pencil skirt in a stretch suiting fabric? It has such weird hand that it defies description. I do not like wearing it that much.
Now, natural fibers… They don’t grow larger on you when you’re least expecting it. They love to be pressed and take a crease like no one’s business. They may get wrinkled, but you can iron those wrinkles right out. In short, natural fibers never cheat on you. They’re the keepers in boyfriend lingo. Like a good boyfriend or even husband, they’ll go the distance with you and make you look good, even at the end of a long day.
I don’t want you to think I am turning my back on knits or knit dresses. They will always have a special place in my heart, being some of my first and most worn garments in my closet. They’re my first love. It’s more that my tastes have widened and matured and I recognize the value of a good man, I mean a solid and upstanding fabric. — A fabric that tells it like it is and doesn’t hide the truth. — A fabric that makes good on the promise it made to you in the fabric store. A natural fiber keeper with nary a hint of lycra. Now that’s what I’m talking about!
So what do you think? What are your favorite fabrics with which to sew?