Fabric, fabric everywhere! Its time to choose fabric! And let me tell you, I love touching fabric. My cosplay master and my professional sewing master were both fond of handing me a fabric and asking me, just by touching it, what is it? Its a game, that for the most part, I got really good at. And its definitely a skill that has served me well as a seamstress.
A little backstory about me. I live in a rather small town with a tiny Joann’s. Sadly, its all I get unless I drive 4+ hours to the city for more selection, so I’m rather limited with what I can use. But having said that, I’ve developed a philosophy; its not what life gives you, its what you do with it that makes all the difference.
So with that, I went to Joann’s to pillage. I know that I need a fabric that will drape and can stand up against having the crap sewn out of it. But it needs to be beautiful, and luxurious, something that an opera singer would be proud of. A tall order. Especially for my little Joann’s.
Crepe back satin, although lovely, was to heavy and shiny for my purposes. Taffeta didn’t fit the bill either. I was rather tempted to do the gown completely out of dupioni silk as Joann’s is discontinuing the fabric. It’s sad, but its so expensive and many people don’t know what it is or how to use it.
In the end, I talked myself out of the silk. With all the stitch-work I’m going to do on it, I’d be afraid that I’d compromise the fabric’s integrity and tear right thought it. Luckily, I found in the red tag, home decor section a faux silk in creme! Its wider than the bolt fabics and it has a weight of a soft twill. Super excited for my find!
I then matched a warm gold for the detail work and bought eight yards of the faux silk nd a whole bolt of gold. I return home excited!