A couple of months ago I shared with you guys the patterns that I’d bought recently, well now it’s time to share my fabric purchases from the last few months! (You might say I have a fabric-buying problem… but a problem shared is a problem halved right? ? So I only have half of a fabric problem now? ?)
I quite often get asked where I buy my fabrics from, and the truth is that I get them from anywhere and everywhere. I love wasting an hour or so just browsing through eBay or Etsy to see what’s about – sometimes you can find absolute gems. Sometimes you come away with nothing. Other times you come away wondering how you’re gonna pay bills for the rest of the month. Or year. ?
So…. drumroll please…. ??? here we go! I’m gonna start with my favourite ?
GUCCI PANTHER FACE SILK TWILL
I scored this beauty from this eBay seller, who unfortunately doesn’t appear to sell fabric anymore. I stumbled across it totally by accident, but as soon as I saw it I knew it SIMPLY HAD TO BE MINE. It’s a 2.7 meter piece of silk twill which is even more beautiful in real life than it was online. It was an auction, so I had to be careful not to get caught up in the buzz and put a maximum bid of more than I should sensibly pay… but, you know how that turned out ? I ended up paying just shy of £100 for my almost-three-metres but it was worth every penny. I love it. And when you contemplate this screenshot of the same print on some viscose trousers, it really doesn’t seem so pricey…
(and can we talk about their lack of pattern matching? ?)
I mean, they clearly *can* pattern match – the jacket below shows that – so if I’m gonna pay that much for a pair of trousers then I damn well expect matching panther heads!
(although, that right sleeve on the jacket isn’t matched, but y’know, they tried harder here)
The fabric is 60 inches wide, so I’ve got quite a lot to play with. I’ve stolen 70-ish centimetres of it to make a Grainline Scout Tee (on the blog soon – promise!) but I haven’t yet decided what I’ll make with the rest. I’m toying with the idea of a bomber jacket, but I might be too bloody scared to wear it outdoors in case I pluck it ? I’m thinking a shirt, purely because I know that’s something that will get a lot of wear. I’m actually looking for a boyfriend-fit women shirt pattern, so if you got any recommendations – HOLLA.
Adidas Leopard Jersey
This fabric was a bit of a gamble, and I think I might have lost this bet. I bought it off an eBay seller in China, thinking it would be good for (yet another) Kielo dress – a long-sleeved one for the winter. The listing said it was ‘knitted fabric, jersey’. I waited like over a month for it to arrive, and when I collected the package from the post office my first thought was ‘wow, it’s heavy’ ? I opened up the parcel – the fabric looked as I expected, but felt a bit different… it was more like sweatshirt-y fabric, but without the stretch. It has a tiny amount of stretch, but not as much as I was hoping. I’m not sure if it’s suitable for a Kielo now, I might have to make some sort of jumper ??♀️
I’m pretty sure the pictures in the listing show a jersey fabric (they show the back of the fabric too, and it looks like normal jersey), but the back of my fabric looks like… I dunno. Something weird (pic below). Not cotton jersey, that’s for sure. It’s like loop-back jersey, I suppose. They stated in the listing that you can make a t-shirt or underwear with it, which you would totes do with regular cotton jersey, but I’m pretty sure nobody wants to wear underwear made from loop-back jersey ?
I’ve emailed the seller to ask what gives, so let’s see what they come back with. I’m kind of hoping that I’ve been sent the wrong weight of fabric, and this print does actually exist in a cotton jersey that I can make a Kielo dress from (because that’s what I had my heart set on), so let’s see.
PRADA LIPS SILK CREPE
The husband said recently that he wanted to really get back in to his sewing – he made a silk top for me last year, and tried his hand at the toile for his fur coat that I made him, but hadn’t really made anything since. He put this down to not really finding any fabric that made him go YES I WANT TO WORK WITH THAT GIVE IT TO ME NOW, so I told him to have a look online and choose some fabric that did make him feel like that.
He found this seller on Etsy and liked a couple of their listings – this Prada fabric being one of them. It’s a silk crepe, not sheer, so decent enough to make a top for me from that I could wear to work. They only had one yard, so we snapped it up and settled on the Grainline Studios Scout tee (yep, another Scout). He has actually made the top already, and is currently working on his blog post for it… so expect to see him posting on here again soon!
The other thing the husband bought from the same seller as the Prada lipstick print above was some Versace jersey for himself – it’s a viscose jersey so it’s properly soft (but also very shifty-shifty, I told him good luck with that lol) and he wants to make a tshirt from it. He has already chosen his pattern – the Mimi G/Simplicity 8613 and if that’s a success he may have just found himself a wardrobe builder!
Cotton Jersey for more Comox Trunks
After my success of the first pair of Comox Trunks, I knew I would have to make more, but struggled to find interesting cotton jerseys to make them from – you know I ain’t gonna be using no boring plain jersey to sew with. I got these two beauties from Stoff-Laden on eBay, they are really lovely quality and a good thick weight (I always worry about jersey being too thin when I buy online). At least it didn’t turn out to be loop-back jersey like the shambles above.
I keep searching for cool elastics to use on waistbands of the Comox trunks, but I never really find anything – I’m hoping that one of the many trimmings shops in the NYC garment district is going to scratch that itch for me!
Don’t you just love it when things have a happy ending? I’d had this fabric saved in my Etsy basket for literally MONTHS, but never bought it because the price for a couple of metres was a bit steep when you added the shipping from the US to the UK. Instead I just drooled over it from time to time, basking it all its bright-coloured glory.
Then, after the husbeast had completed his purchase of the Prada lips fabric and the Versace jersey (above)??(yas, dahling, he has mightily expensive tastes ??♀️) Etsy flashed up one of those ‘don’t forget/also in your basket’ kind of things with this fabric showing. But the price wasn’t right. It was too low. I started to get palpitations. Did they have a sale on? Had it been reduced? OMG OMG OMG. I got the listing up on screen and it had indeed been reduced. And they had two yards. Enough to make the shirt I’d be dreaming of since I first saw it. I added it to my basket and checked out quicker than Usain Bolt off the start line. I was so excited to receive it, and the colours are just as vivid in real life as they are in the pictures. It’s going to make one really awesome super-loud shirt, that’s for sure.
I got it from this Etsy seller, which is the same place that I bought this leopard silk jacquard and Opening Ceremony hand-print silk crepe you see here:
More Versace jersey
More. Versace. Jersey.
I’m not sure whether I should be concerned that the husband has such lavish taste in fabrics, or that he’s also figured out how to use the eBay app and place bids on stuff ? This very bling and shiny-shiny jersey came from the same seller as my Gucci panther-face silk at and it’s going to be another husbeast-made garment for himself. I think it will be a t-shirt, but that’s not yet confirmed.
Alexander Henry Tatsu fabric
This Alexander Henry fabric is an out of print, rare-as-hens-teeth design – though saying that, I have seen a couple of pieces kicking about t’internet in the last year or so. I got my piece from this eBay seller.
I thought this would look really good on the husband so I bought a couple of metres, with the intention of probably making him a shirt. Not sure whether it will be short sleeve or long sleeve yet.
Talking about rare-as-hens-teeth fabric, for a while now I’ve been wanting to get my paws on some of the ‘Bow Wow Chow Mein’ Alexander Henry print from back in the day (‘the day’ being 1994. Holy crap I’ve just realised that that’s 24 years ago). I absolutely love this print. I’ve only seen it one time, on Etsy, and the seller wanted about £30 per yard ? Plus she was in the US so I had to add shipping on top of that, which wasn’t cheap. The husband got all sensible on me and said did I *really* want to pay that much for two yards (yards, not even metres guys) of cotton fabric? Well, yes in theory I bloody well did, because this might be my only chance ever to have it, but in practice, the bank account had other plans. I had to pass it up. I still shed a tear for it every now and then.
Because I wanted to show you guys how awesome the print was, I googled it to get a picture. Then I saw there was an Etsy listing for this fabric. A 2.5 metre piece. OMG. A current, active listing too. Available for purchase. RIGHT NOW.
And it was a reasonable price, too. Nowhere near the £30 per yard that the last seller wanted. So I bought it ? I blame you guys for that purchase – if I hadn’t been writing this post to tell you about the fabric, I wouldn’t have googled it, then I wouldn’t have found the listing, and wouldn’t have bought it… so this purchase doesn’t count as part of my ‘fabric problem’, m’kay???? ?
This is destined to be a Kielo dress, next year. Kielo dresses are pretty much the only thing I make with jersey nowadays! I’ve missed the summer for this year now though which is why the project is being deferred to next year.
These pineapples are totally cute with their glasses on, amirite?! The print is by Springs Creative and I got it from this eBay seller.
OH MY GOD YOU GUYS THIS FABRIC IS GORGEOUS. I’m a bit of a lurker when it comes to Tula Pink, as in I always admire the designs and bright colours but have never actually bought any – I’m not a quilter, and nothing really jumped out at me as garment-appropriate. Hence why I never bought any of her designs. But then a while back I saw her De La Luna collection, and fell in love. I just HAD to have these fabrics in my life – I mean, how beautiful are those day of the dead portraits? ?????
I still couldn’t figure out how I could work them into my fabric stash though. I wanted to have the fabric but I didn’t want to wear it.
I then had the bright idea that I’d sew myself some accessories with it – so that’s what ima gonna do. A knitting project bag (more on that coming up on the blog soon!), a couple of notions bags… maybe even a satchel. All for me. And then I had ANOTHER bright idea… I’m gonna make stuff for my Etsy shop with it as well so I can share the De La Luna-love with others around the world too.
I actually consider my choices pretty restrained – i bought the same set of three designs in the pink and green colour ways:
It was only afterwards that I realised that they also did the sugar skulls print (the top one of the three) in pink as well as purple, so I had to go back and get a couple of yards of that as well ??♀️)
I’ve got loads of new items brewing for the store (way more than I actually/realistically have time to make, unfortunately – can I quit my day job but still be paid plz?), so I’ll be making some up in these fabrics ?
I’m sure you’ve seen some pictures of the Fennel Fanny Pack kicking around Instagram – I definitely have, and I’ve bookmarked an insane amount of them as inspo for my own.
For me, this is the perfect little bag to sling over my shoulder when I take the dogs for a walk. I might even take it on holiday with me, to carry essentials. That, of course, requires me to actually get round to making it – my list of projects is about five years long atm though ?
Anyhoo I got these ethnic beauties from this seller on Etsy. I’m not sure they are *quite* as thick as I’d hoped (I was heading more for canvas) but I’m sure they will do ??
So this one *technically* isn’t for me to sew, but to wear. After the success of the Liberty top that the husbeast made for me, he’s heading on to bigger things. I got this Valentino silk from an eBay seller (genuine? Maybe. Do I care? Not really) who originally sent the wrong fabric, but then sent the proper one pretty quickly. So now I also have two metres of a very similar fabric, but it has planets on it instead of stars. I’m pretty sure that the husbeast now has his eye on a planet shirt for himself, which I guess I’ll be making in return for him making me this shirt.
She does have a lot of other designer fabrics, so definitely worth checking out her shop.
I’ve been hankering after a sari for a while now, as I keep seeing people’s beautiful creations with them. I chose this vintage/used silk sari because of its autumn colours (obviously, best season ??) and I was planning on using it for some sort of lightweight dress that I can wear over tights and a polo neck. But I’m not sure on a pattern yet. The silk is actually quite stiff, so I’m going to bung it in the washing machine and see if it softens up. That might end up influencing what it gets used for.
I got it from this eBay seller, who has lots of beautiful items in her shop – but there are over 7000 things listed so you might want to grab a cuppa (and possibly a snack or two) before you sit down to browse her wares.
A few weeks back, by total chance, I was passing Liberty, so thought I’d head on in. My bank account regrets this decision.
Turns out they had a sale on, with some fabrics off the bolt having savings and they also had loads and loads of pre-cut pieces at about half price. HALF PRICE ??
I was in there for about an hour making up my mind, and even got chatting to a lovely Australian lady who was in London on holiday, who had bought so much Liberty fabric she had no more room in her suitcase to take anything else back ? But, like many of us, she couldn’t resist such a good fabric bargain and had come back to get a couple more metres to put in her hand luggage ?
I ended up with a pretty respectable haul.
For the husbeast:
The white fabric (at the top) is a 3m piece.
The black fabric (bottom left) is a 1m piece which I’ve cut into for a short sleeve shirt, but I’ve had to cut the facings of the collar, collar stand and yoke from the white fabric as there wasn’t enough black.
The darker fabric with the diagonal print (above bottom left) is two 1m cuts, which I’m hoping to pair together to make a long-sleeved shirt.
Bottom right, and the one above are both one metre pieces. The bottom one will be a Deer and Doe Bruyere, and the one above will be a Grainline Scout tee (seriously, that pattern is fast becoming a wardrobe staple for me!).
The fabric with the pink flowers, deer and peacocks is my favourite print, and I got 2m to make a shirt. This one has been bumped up the sewing queue and I’m hoping to start it soon ??
So that lot covers probably the last six months… now that I’ve writtedn it all down, it seems like quite a lot ? Am I buying fabric quicker than I can make things? Yes, probably. And that rate is going to accelerate rapidly over the next couple of months when I head to NYC and hit up the garment district. I think there will definitely have to be a fabric buying ban imposed for at LEAST the rest of the year, if not all of next year too ? The thing is, I’m quite fussy with fabrics, and I can easily walk round 20 stores and come out with nothing. So when I see a fabric that I like, I kinda feel like I have to buy it, in case I don’t see anything else I like for the next two months, or I regret not buying it when I find the PERFECT pattern for it two years later, only to find it’s now out of print and I can’t get hold of it anymore ?
I really need to sort through my boxes of fabric and separate the leftover/scraps from the actual fabric yardage, because atm it’s all kind of lumped in together and it’s a bit (a lot) chaotic. That way I can see what I actually have available to make garments from, and what I have to use to test button holes on. I then need to start planning projects around the fabrics I already have. I remember reading aaaaages ago about an app that people were using to keep track of their fabric stash – anyone remember what it’s called? You could add a photo and how much of it you had. I think I might have to find it and start using it. Or at least get some sort of organisational process so that I can see what I’ve got, because I think it might be getting a little out of hand.
What method do you use to keep track – if any? Do you just like to have a rummage through your stash every so often and see what you can find? It must be like Christmas when you come across the forgotten gems, right? ?
Expect to see another post like this around the start of November, because I no doubt will have doubled the size of my stash in New York ?????
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