What influences the fabrics you buy?
WE ASKED OUR CONTRIBUTORS
In the latest issue of Threads (June/July 2012), we asked the authors featured on the Contributor's page: "What influences the fabrics you buy?" As you might expect, the responses were varied. Julianne Bramson ("Summer Sewing Project: Bias Skirt), Paula DeGrand ("Sewing Destination: London, England), Marguerite LeBlanc ("Precision Placket"), and Mary Ray ("Tissue-Weight Wovens") were the featured authors. It's always interesting to see how many different ways the same question can be answered!
MY FABRIC INSPIRATIONS VARY
I spent some time thinking about this question myself, and can't really put my answer into one or two sentences. So much of my fabric purchasing depends upon the reason I'm making a garment. If it's just for fun, I am drawn by beautiful fabric no matter what the fabric type. I'll find a fabric that just simply calls to me, and then figure out what I should make from it. Most of my sewing, however, comes from a particular need--a dress to wear to a wedding or other occasion, or some sorely needed pants or shirt. For that type of situation I usually start with a pattern I love and then find fabric that will work for the pattern and my needs.
I HAVE DEFINITE FABRIC LIKES AND DISLIKES
I do have definite fabric likes and dislikes that override all of my fabric purchasing. I don't like fabrics that feel slippery, so I would never choose something like charmeuse, and I am allergic to wool, so I usually shy away from 100% woolen fabric (although sometimes if I really love a wool fabric, I'll line the garment completely so that I don't itch when I wear it). Some wool blends seem to be less allergic for me, so I tend to be drawn to them rather than 100% woolens. In the end, I'm more likely to choose a knit, cotton, twill, or something similar.
WHAT INFLUENCES YOUR FABRIC PURCHASES?
How would you answer our question? Do you have fabrics that you love more than others? Do you select your garment first, or your fabric first? Tell us what influences the fabric you buy by leaving a comment below.