Lately it seems all I post about are lists! The list-mania of the internet has finally seeped into my brain, or perhaps it is because I just need a vacation, in which case it's good then that I leave for a short trip to California tomorrow afternoon ;) Today however I'll be taking you on a little tour of my stash of fabrics waiting to become new clothes for this fall!
I am happy to report that my same post from last year turned out to be a mostly successful prediction of the projects I ended up finishing last fall. This year I have a nice stack of different fabrics all awaiting their retro reproduction destinies. Sometimes I see nice things on sale throughout the year that I can't help but snatch up even if I know I won't use them until months and months later, most seamstresses are fabric hoarders though right? Everyone's got a "stash" of fabrics ;)
First we have these three very different fabrics. Starting with the acetate flocked spiderweb taffeta that will become a super fun novelty circle skirt to wear all October long (and the rest of the year too. to be honest). Then there is a simple flowy black polyester that I bought to make a durable 1920's 1 hour dress to wear to work (and with my new Japanese haori jackets). I do want to expand my 1920s sewing to new styles, but you can't blame me for having so many 1 hour dresses, they are just so easy to make and wear! Lastly from this group is the deep purple cotton sateen which will become a circle skirted, 3/4 length sleeve, boatneck dress similar to the one in the glamorous photo above. I love higher necklines for showing off my brooch collection, so I am trying to add more boatneck styles to my wardrobe, and this aubergine color is actually super dark and rich looking in real life (instead of washed out as it looks here).
Then of course one has to get some plaid sewing in for fall! This year I have this nice woven cotton plaid in pink and blue that I want to make into an early 40's dress. The bright colorful yellow plaid taffeta (again some sort of poly or acetate) was an impulse buy from the bargain table, but it has a kind of irridecent quality in motion that really caught my eye. I'm not sure exactly what I want to make out of it yet, though I am thinking either another full circle skirt or possibly a pencil skirt with lots of draping to one side and a puffy bow (in a sorta couture Dior/Vivienne Westwood-ish style).
The other fabric above is a most lovely mauve rayon crepe with soft pink and white flowers that called out to me while I was shopping for the grey blue silk. I bought enough for a blouse as I think the soft colors would look great with either of my tan suits.
Then we have the rayon pile. I have accumulated quite a lot of rayon this year... Just look at that grape leaf print though, look at the colors! As if I could resist all of those fall colors together in one glorious print! The other print above has actually been in my stash for a while now, but I just finally figured out how to make it "work" for the 1940's. It really wants to be a 1980s scarf or something, but I'll wrangle it into a 40s dress somehow :)
Two more rayons that are actually super similar in their colors, so I probably shouldn't have bought them both! (I bought them months apart). The roses print on the left is actually a nicer rayon crepe that feels much more like a real vintage rayon and I can't wait to make a 40's dress out of it. The print on the right is a bit busier and has lavender accents instead of red (so it's actually totally different, *ahem*, right?). Destined again for a 1940s dress, I will soon have a whole collection of rayon 1940s dresses :) If I stop procrastinating that is!
Then we have more evening appropriate fabrics like this brocade (from Gertie's line at Joanns) and the spiderweb sequin net from Joanns Halloween selection this year. I'm planning on a 1950's wiggle dress from the brocade and a 1920's evening dress in the sequin netting. I also need to make a new black silk 1920s slip as I have been without one for months (someone threw my last one in the dryer on high heat *noooooooooooo*). It will be nice to finally have a flapper worthy sequin 20s dress, and in spiderwebs for maximum vamp too! <3
What fabrics are on your counter for this fall? Does anyone have any particular tips for sewing with rayon? Let me know in the comments :)