fabric shopping

One of the girls has a birthday coming up, which means a birthday dress needs to be made, but I haven’t had time to go to my favorite fabric store (it’s about 40 minutes away with no traffic, and in SoCal, there’s always traffic), so online fabric shopping it is. I got introduced to Fabric.com and I’ve been impressed with the wide array of choices they have. I was looking at their designer apparel fabrics by the yard and there’s so much to choose from. They even have Amy Butler stuff. I went through a big Amy Butler phase when I first started to sew. Typically, with fabric, I like to touch and feel it before I decide, but these days I don’t have time to drive out to my go-to shop, so I’m giving online fabric shopping a whirl.

My go to fabrics are always cotton and linen. I’m eyeing this natural denim and this linen rose blend. I love sewing apparel with denim for myself and the girls (see here and here), and linen is a common fabric I stock up on too. This Anna Maria Horner pattern give me Ace & Jig vibes and would be fun for a dress for one of the girls. For me, I’d love this pinstripe linen for a tie front top. I’m thrilled to see designer apparel fabrics that I’m familiar with. Makes online fabric shopping easier because I already know that designer and its quality are reliable. Fabric.com also has so many more linen choices than my go-to shop and this makes this seamstress super excited. It’s taking some real constraint to not fill my cart with lots of fabric.

Now that I think about it, I haven’t sewed myself anything to wear this year. I’ve altered thrifted things, and I’ve made the girls plenty of things for their wardrobe (I’ve been using fabric from old dresses I no longer wear to make them something), but nothing for myself. I think I have to change that before the end of the year and pick out some fabric to sew myself something. I’m thinking something in a soft indigo denim with a tie front. Although, before I can do that, I need to make Soul’s birthday dress. That’s top on my to-do list.

Do you sew? If so, where’s your go-to place to get fabric? Have you ordered fabric online or are you a must touch and feel fabric shopper?

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