To swatch or not to swatch?
I’m back home in San Diego (boy is it weird to say this is my home instead of NYC now). It was a wonderful, activity and food-filled weekend. I can’t believe how much I saw and did. Incredible. My hosts, Tim and Mack, were amazing. In fact, Tim and Mack accompanied me on my fabric crawl with Shams this weekend. Even though they don’t sew, they still have a passing interest in textiles. Tim is, in fact, a talented interior designer, so he knows his way around a fabric store, I’m sure.
After dinner that evening, we were talking about the fabric stores and they asked me how I usually buy fabric, if I swatched first or not. I guess an interior designer would probably swatch all time, no? I actually never swatch. When I lived in NYC, I was so close to the garment district, I could just run up there at lunchtime and buy whatever I was looking for. Now that I live in San Diego, I could either go to any of the stores here or if I wanted something really special I could make a short trip up to the LA Garment District. But I would never consider ordering swatches. Why? Because I am too impatient. If I had to search the internet and then wait for a swatch to arrive, I would probably have moved on to another project by the time it arrived and completely lose interest in the first project. Also, I would probably just buy something on the internet in the hopes it was what I wanted rather than wait to swatch and be sure. Yes, I am that impatient. Just ask anyone who has known me for only one minute. It’s pretty apparent from the get go.
Instances like when I searched and searched for the Kelly green cotton for the skirt I have yet to make are rare for me. I have to really have a bee in my bonnet to have that kind of patience. So now I’m wondering if everyone else is like me, too impatient to swatch. Do you swatch? If so, when and why? Does it kill your mojo to wait? Is it worth it?