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Out of control

2011 June 28
by elizabeth_admin

Me:  “Officer, honest, I was only going to buy thread and maybe some trim.  I did not mean to buy any more fabric.  I was helpless, though, in the face of those gorgeous linens.”

Fabric Police: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but we’re going to have to take you downtown.”

That’s my story and I am sticking with it.  Folks, I have a serious problem.  I am fast gaining a fabric closet, not unlike Carolyn’s.  I know of which I speak too because I’ve actually seen hers in person. 

As mentioned in my buttonhole disaster post, I needed thread to match my ribbon trim for Haley’s dress.  Of course, I headed over to my friendly neighborhood fabric store, P&S Fabrics.  I was also going to peruse their trim section to see if anything fit the bill to cover up my seam ripper gaffe.  Well, what do you know but when I walked into the store, there was this amazingly cute cotton pique.


It was a slippery slope from there my friends.  Knowing that they had a good selection of linens, I headed over to that section next.  I don’t know why, maybe because it’s summertime, or maybe because Cidell wore her cute linen pants when she came for a visit a few weeks ago, but I just have had a huge hankering after some linen.  I bought a beautiful white and a navy for good measure too.   The white for some pants possibly and the navy for B5147 sheath dress.


Oh I did pick up some trim, but I have decided to bite the bullet and recut a new back yoke for Haley’s dress.  I have enough fabric, and I just can’t give a gift that has a craptastic fix on it like that.  I just can’t.  I’m sure you all understand the perfectionist’s dilemma here.    But the trim is cute, isn’t it?


A few posts back I think I may have mentioned another new fabric that made it’s way into my closet.  This fabric came into my possession in the same fashion as the above purchases did  (i.e., bought while on a mission to buy something else — I may have to come up with an official name for this kind of occurrence).  In the store (AK Fabrics I believe), this fabric just wouldn’t let me go.  I kept passing it by and reaching out to touch it.  It was soft for a linen and had a gorgeous sheen.  Finally I just gave in to it’s siren song and bought 2 yards of it.  It was the last of the bolt so the cutter gave me the rest.  Bonus!  I promptly pre-treated this fabric and it came out of the dryer softer and even more beautiful if you can believe it.  I am so in love with this fabric.  If I could marry fabric, I would marry this one in a New York second.  Honest!


Parting shot:  Since I am a copy cat of ginormous proportions, I bought large washers for sewing weights, just like Catherine.  Mine aren’t as large as Catherine’s, but I’m ok with that.  I think they’ll still do the trick.


One more thing before I sign off:  Did you see Kathy’s take on NL 6022?  Too cute, the blouse and the baby both.  Check it out!!!

Happy sewing everyone!

12 Responses leave one →
  1. June 28, 2011

    Oooh…that floral linen is soooooo pretty. I’m totally jealous. The trim is super cute too.

  2. SusieR permalink*
    June 28, 2011

    One of these days, I shall have to send you a photo of my fabric stash… it’s organized on an entire wall of shelves. Yes, I am in the process of locating a support group for Fabriholics…

  3. June 28, 2011

    Don’t go comparing my fabric collection to yours…it’s grown by leaps and bounds since you saw it last! *LOL* I think we are going to have to visit this P&S Fabrics…especially since you’re getting such good pieces there. Oh and are you going to wrap your washers?

  4. June 28, 2011

    That’s some really pretty fabric you have there.

  5. fangaroni permalink
    June 28, 2011

    Hahaha this was a funny post. I enjoy P&S fabrics as well! Although I stick to their 75% off section, so I don’t always leave with such goodies like you picked up!

  6. June 29, 2011

    What a coincidence… I bought weights last week to do the same thing after being inspired by Lee’s:
    who were inspired by Faye’s:

    I LOVE that pique at the top!

  7. June 29, 2011

    You are not alone. I once was very economical with my fabric but now I’m borderline crazy.

  8. Cidell permalink
    June 29, 2011

    I’m currently obsessed with having a whit pair now too!

  9. June 29, 2011

    The cotton piqué print and the linen, oh yes! J’adore! I just CANNOT find printed piqué here or even bold colored quality piqué here at all. It’s all white or flimsy pastels.

    But that linen. Can I be your sister-wife?

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      July 6, 2011

      That’s it!!!! That’s cheaper than what I paid for it in NYC too. Buy it!

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