Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Warehouse fabric shopping - the loot

As I mentioned in my previous post this past weekend I managed to stop by SR Harris for some fabric shopping. In less than two hours I managed to fill two large plastic bags - think garbage bag large - with fabrics and trims.

To begin I browsed the silks hoping against hope to find some silk jersey. I have yet to find silk jersey there but one never knows right? I did however purchase two beautiful burn out silks that I plan to sew into infinity scarves.

I then wandered to the knit aisle and piled bolts into my cart. I've learned from years of shopping here that if you see something, even if you're not sure, you put it in your cart. If you try and go back sometimes you just can't locate it again or someone else has it in their cart.

From my selections I ended up cutting and purchasing two sweater knits. I just can't help but think "Chesire cat" when I look at the gray and black stripe but that fabric is oh so cuddly soft. I'm sure it's acrylic, but it'll be great made up as a cozy pullover to wear while reading a book or watching tv. The blue is somewhat lightweight and is already cut out and partially sewn into another big top destined for winter wear.

The other knits are a bit boring to look at as they're all solid colors and in the blue family.On the left, a beautiful periwinkle blue with a nice hand, most likely a rayon. The blue piece in the center photographed quite off as it is more of a sky blue with an almost shimmery sparkle in it, most likely a polyester. The other blue is a hefty cotton lycra blend knit.

Now this knit I thought was interesting. It's a gorgeous berry color with sheer stripes - not the color my camera captured. It drapes beautifully and the alternating sheer and fabric stripes give it an interesting look.

My next stop was the wool aisle. Always one of my favorites. Lots and lots and lots of grays and blacks but I was specifically looking for color. Again I pulled a few bolts into my cart but ended up only purchasing three.

The left piece is a deep plum wool knit - it's lightweight and slightly transparent - and I thought I might sew Vogue 1202 - the draped, open back Donna Karan design. But now I'm not so sure. Only because I love the fabric enough that if I don't like the top I'll be terribly disappointed in using up this piece of fabric. I'll have to think on that a bit longer.

The center is a lightweight soft blush (not the ugly color it appears in this photo) wool destined to be a skirt. I would love a jacket out of this color because its a wonderful wardrobe building neutral, but I can't wear that shade near my face.

While I don't need any more gray wool, I couldn't resist this stretch wool piece. It's the perfect weight for a dress. After I got it home I realized it has a green hue to it so I may have to rethink the pattern as green is another color that doesn't flatter my complexion.

Finally, I headed to the trim section. I was looking for flat black lace scalloped on both edges for a project I'm working on. I had hoped to find various widths, but no luck. I did however locate a white lace outlined in black and a beautiful plum colored ribbon trim.


The other trim I was looking for was something similar to this ad I ripped out of a recent "W" magazine. I think those sequin strips could be loosely translated to something else I'm working on.

While I didn't find sequin insertion trim, I did come across these beaded insertion trims. Aren't they beautiful? Good price too, less than $5 per yard.

Keep in mind that my purchases were chosen from the knit, wool, silk and trim aisles only. Just imagine how much more there might have been had I wandered down each and every aisle.

Stay tuned as I'm halfway done with the blue sweater knit top and will be ready to share that with you in a few days.

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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Weekend fun - a visit to the fabric warehouse

Yep. This weekend was my annual trip to the infamous SR Harris Fabric Outlet . It doesn't look like much from the outside does it? But boy, oh boy, when you walk inside you're in fabric heaven.

Rows and rows and rows of heavy duty shelving packed tightly with bolts and bolts and bolts of fabric, all 50 percent off the marked price. Knit, Lycra, Silk, Wool, Cotton, Rayon, Faux Fur. You name it they probably got it. Except silk jersey, which is one thing I was specifically looking for.

This is just the row of knit fabrics. Just the cotton and jersey knits. There's another row for lycra and lycra blends.
One never knows what oddity might be buried among the treasures. See what I mean? What would YOU do with this printed knit?

This is the place where you measure and cut your own fabric and trim, with some exceptions. Employees cut all silks, some trims and anything over five yards.

I do miss the days when I lived close enough to pop in weekly just to browse. But I do know my pocket book is much happier when I visit once a year.happier Pin It

Friday, October 01, 2010

Flashback Friday rerun - 1980 Raggedy Ann and Andy Halloween Costumes

Aren't they just the cutest little dolls?Yep, that's my little cuties dressed up as Raggedy Ann and Andy for Halloween 1980. The clown and ghost in the back were children in the neighboring apartments.

I had my two dressed up and right after this photo was taken I piled them into the car to head to Grandma and Grandpa's house where there were more opportunities for trick or treating.

Before heading out the door (with their pillowcase treat bags, LOL. I should have sewn them one of these!) they stopped to pose with my youngest sister, D, who was eleven at the time. You know, D's always had an aversion to having her photo taken -I bet if I asked her she would admit that underneath that pumpkin hood she's sticking out her tongue.

Aw, yes, the after trick or treating ritual - dumping all the candy out on the floor and sorting through it. Every year I begged for a chocolate bar and every year Raggedy Andy boy refused and Raggedy Ann girl said "yes, of course, what else would you like?" She's a good girl - I know when I'm sitting in a nursing home she's going to come and visit me :-)

Did any of you sneak candy from your children's trick or treat loot? I don't remember for sure, but knowing what a sweet tooth I have I probably did. Although it's difficult when they are old enough to actually inventory the candy supply!

I know, what you really want to know is if I sewed the costumes, right?

Of course! And they cost me ZERO dollars to make!

What's my secret you ask? Simple.

In 1980 I was an employee of JoAnn Fabrics - back when the store was located in a shopping mall and carried high end fabrics. Yes, you read that right. Wools, silks, ultra suede...you get the picture.

And the employees sewed all the model garments that were displayed in the store. So, using McCall's 7232, I choose to make these two adorable little costumes as model garments. Being model garments meant everything was free - the pattern, the fabric, and all of the notions! The only catch was that it had to be displayed in the store for six weeks.

The costumes, after being worn by a few cousins, were returned to me where they are now packed safely away awaiting a future grandchild's Halloween adventure.

Do you have a Flashback Friday photo you want to share? Post your photo and story on your blog but be sure to leave me a comment so I can go visit!

Originally posted 10/5/2007 here

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