How do you shop for fabric? Do you buy to go with a pattern? Buy then select a pattern? Impulse buy? Shop only sales? For a while if I liked it and it was on sale, I bought it. Garment fabric is just too hard to come by locally. Within hundreds of miles Jo Ann’s is the only option. In working with different fabrics, you discover what fibers, blends and characteristics you like. Sometimes fabric is sought for specific projects. Stashing fabrics for my favorite styles/patterns has solved the I can’t sew anything problem. Now my fabric needs to be curated along with my closet. Looking through my inventory on Cora showed me that I had already been purchasing fabrics inline with my tastes, but sometimes I need to recognize that while I like a style and fabric they aren’t necessarily my style. They can look good and be comfortable, but may not work with anything else in my wardrobe. This isn’t a major issue for dresses, but still…as I’m beginning to sew separates again this is a great realization to have early on. It was brought to me by the latest Craftsy sale.
The Craftsy clearance sales are great places to pick up nice fabrics (I got some liberty knit here last year) at much more affordable prices. My stash is well stocked at the moment and buying is limited until I’ve sewn things up, but I bought some Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen in Charcoal and some Bluebird Foxtracks Poplin from Cotton and Steel. Two pieces of swallow polka dots lawn had made it into my cart when the Curated Closet came to my rescue. Tops are the biggest hole in my wardrobe, so while I’d been thinking of these as dresses, which would have been okay, but not great, thinking of them as tops meant spending less by buying less fabric, but they just weren’t tops. That is when I realized that, to me, tops means: solids, florals, mini polka dots, and maybe narrow stripe shirtings. Upon review of the dress patterns on my cue, it turned out that this didn’t suit me at all. Hello, $40 I didn’t spend.
Just a couple more ‘I don’t want to be naked’ projects for summer wearing and then reorganizing my cue seasonally and with items prioritized to fill gaps, and give the greatest impact in as far as achieving the style I want. My one wish-more examples of dress based wardrobes, particularly minimalist dress based wardrobes. The CSC offered one example, but my style isn’t Lagenlook and I don’t want my dress based wardrobe comprised of nearly as many skirts and pants as dresses. 7 dresses, 7 cardis/blazers, 7 pairs of shoes. Could that work? It would be a lot of outfits (343 or nearly one for each day of the year to be exact). Maybe 14 dresses? That would be 28 items total for 686 outfits if they are all mix and match.