A Small Realization I've had About Choosing Fabrics
Warning: Fabric break-up Impending
Weird time of day for me to be sitting down and posting, but I'll explain.
I've been stuck in the sweaty, clammy grasp of midterms for a few weeks now, and haven't really had time to sit down at the machine and make something. This is why, if you've noticed, my Instagram has been pretty boring and I haven't shared a weekly make this month.
Tonight was my first free night in a while, so naturally, I sit down and try and tackle a WIP that I've had on my table for a while, using fabric I hauled nearly a year ago.
And I just can't bring myself to finish it.
Something is off.
I know it's not the pattern, it's another rendition of my beloved Beatrix Blouse. It was supposed to be a re-make of my Insides-Out version, only made in a red crepe for fall and winter with a bell-sleeve attachment to make the sleeves a little longer.
Design-wise, this make is spot on.
It's the fabric, guys. The fabric is garbage.
It's a thicker poly-crepe that I loved when I purchased it last year, but I keep trying this shirt on and hating it. I can't help but compare it to my Insides-Out blouse, which was made in a rayon voile. It doesn't drape in a flattering way or feel nearly as soft and kind on my skin.
Like, look at that picture there. That delicious rayon voile is so stinking lovely - I wear that blouse around the house ALL THE TIME with a pair of sweat pants because it's so comfy.
But it's not "comfy clothes" at all.
This is a beautiful blouse, with a facing, darts, and everything else proper clothes should have that feels comfier than any PJ shirt I've ever worn - and it's all because I choose some decent fabric to make it in.
And now that I've had a chance to sew and wear fabric that doesn't suck, I don't want to go back.
I think I've finally reached that point in my sewing journey where fabric quality really matters, and when something isn't up to standard, I can tell the difference right away.
And you know what? I'm a big girl. I can sew bras, I can sew on the bias, I've even made an unblogged pair of fitted trousers. I'm at the sewing level where I should be able to confidently use and purchase proper fabric - so what's stopping me?
Nothing, I don't think, not anymore, not after this big thought came into my head.
I know this will be difficult. I'm a thrifty-lady at heart, my mum taught me well. I love a good bargain, but there's no point in stashing up more cheap fabric. I'm going to hate wearing it and I'm going to hate sewing it.
I need to stop purchasing crap.
So I'm breaking up with Polyester, and moving onto bigger and better things. Polyester, we had a good run, we really did. You were cheap, easy to find locally, and great to learn on, but it's time I moved on - For good.
When I looked at the makes I wear the most, none of them were polyester. That was a good hint I needed to reconsider my fabric choices, but now I'm certain.
But here's where I need your help, readers. I have two big questions for you:
1) What's your fabric-love? I have a serious fabric-crush on rayon, but I'm looking to explore other options. Let me know who I should date next.
2) Where the heck can I buy quality fabric in Canada without LITERALLY selling my soul. Shipping is expensive, guys, and the dollar isn't so hot. My local Fabricland has a good selections of Rayons in the summer, but not so much for the winter. If you have any options, I'm all ears.
Until next time,