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What’s on My Sewing Table: Polka Dot Brocade

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Remember that top and short set that I was not happy with, even after my second attempt? Well, I’m onto numero tres and let me just say this, it’s either going to be a home run or a complete strike out.

I was in New York a couple of weeks ago, and despite the crowds, I made a trip to Mood Fabrics (shout out to Meg!). I blame the failure of the second attempt mostly to fabric choice – the red wool was too lightweight – so I had a thicker and more textural fabric in mind. Also, and I know I’ve talked about it a lot, but I’ve been concentrating a lot on constructing my wardrobe, and part of this includes sewing pieces that are my style and aesthetic. When I look back at the pieces I made last year, my favorites were made with fabrics that had texture, and a lot of the times, were home dec. My favorite was the yellow Japanese dress. So, with this is mind, I headed to the brocade section. I’m the type of shopper that has to fall in love with something in order to buy it, and when I know I hit gold, I know. When I spotted the white and yellow polka dot cotton/poly brocade pictured above, I knew that was the one. I sometimes go a little overboard with my patterns, so I sent Bekuh a quick text to confirm my love affair. “Yay or nay?” I asked? I was too excited about it, and I nixed waiting for her to respond, and bought 2 yards. Fifteen minutes later, she texted back and wrote, “Nay, I think you’ll look like an upholstered chair.” Dammit! “Oh well, I’ll give it a whirl, and if not, there’s always Photoshop,” is what I wrote back.

The other fabrics are a blue and cream, antique chenilles brocade I won on Ebay and a purple and cream, silk pique. Those are for two projects after I complete the polka dot one, but aren’t they a dream?


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    The Lingerie Lesbian

    Always yay to upholstery fabric and mood. I’m sure it’ll turn out gorgeous!

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    Pauline alice

    I love brocade as well and I quite often buy fabric from the home department of my fabric shop! Even if a drapy silk is so pretty, I’m more drawn to fabrics with body!
    By the way, the blue flowers brocade is amazing! Is it the one you wanted to use for the Ninot jacket?

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    Cool! I can’t wait to see it. I love projects where people use texture and/or unexpected fabrics.

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    Jill Prettyman

    can’t wait to see what you do with them, I love the polka dot!

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    Gorgeous fabric! I love fabric with texture like this and the colours are great.

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    Amanda Russell

    Those are all amazing fabrics, but I think your first love is gonna be so cool – very much looking forward to seeing it made up!! 🙂

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    Katy & Laney

    I can’t wait to see what you have planned for that antique chenilles brocade. I’m drooling over here.

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