A Small Realization I've had About Choosing Fabrics

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. 

 
Exhibit A: Fabric that doesn't suck. 

Exhibit A: Fabric that doesn't suck. 

 

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, 

Rachel
 

Creative lifestyle blogger, dedicated to the process of making new things and worrying about being perfect LATER. Lover of Instagram, making things, and wearing dresses instead of pants.

I post a new handmade garment every Wednesday!