Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Give me liberty
I haven't bought much from Fabric.com recently. I took myself off their daily emails and tried to forget they were there because it was just too easy. But for Liberty, exceptions will be made. I loaded up my imaginary cart and clicked "save". I didn't count how much I put in the cart, or worry about its effects on my credit card. And I do, sometimes. But I was remarkably restrained in Chicago, partly because of my late start, but mostly because I can shop anytime, anywhere.
Talking to 100 other sewing-obsessed women . . . about sewing? That I can't do anytime, anywhere. So I behaved.
I'd picked out 6 fabrics. Obviously, that wasn't going to happen. I sat and considered my options, and what I could eliminate without getting the textile version of the bends. There was a half yard that I wasn't giving up, because it's going to give new life to a dress made a few years ago that doesn't get enough wear (a half yard will allow me to change out the sleeves, which I don't like).
After that easy choice, the harder decisions. By my second cup of coffee, I'd narrowed it down to 2, plus that half yard. And since I'm planning shirts instead of dresses, and since the prints I'd chosen were blessedly non-directional, I figured I could manage with 1.5 yards each.
It's a justification. I know it. But when is Liberty of London going to come along at that price again, and in that many prints and colors? It's a good thing that my thrifty streak is nearly as wide as I am, or I might have clicked "buy" with that $304 cart, instead of "save."
The top 2 fabrics pictured are the shirt yardage; the bottom blue/tan floral is the excess fabric to change out the sleeves on my Loaves & Fishes dress. Hmmm, if I had to buy more fabric to make it work, I guess I'll have to change the name - no more miraculous making of a dress out of too little fabric.
But if I wasn't wearing it, it wasn't a successful dress. I'll wear it now. That's more important in the long run.
It arrived on Tuesday. It's lovely. And it's mine.