While I'm generally not a big fan of making a fuss over my birthday, I must admit that there is one thing I love - getting gift certificates to fabric stores! I used just such a birthday gift certificate to fabric.com to buy my first ever piece of Liberty of London fabric - this lawn print:
As soon as I saw it, I pictured a short, puffy sleeved blouse with a rounded collar - one that I could wear to brighten up a subdued business suit. I didn't have a pattern, so I had to estimate how much to buy. I really didn't want to overbuy, because it was $33 a yard! Yikes!
So, I used my "How Much Fabric?" reference cards to estimate what I'd need for that particular blouse, and bought 1.5 yards. Then, over the weekend, I went pattern shopping. Look what I found:
It is exactly the blouse that I had been picturing in my mind! And guess how much fabric my size calls for? 1 3/8ths yard. Just 1/8 yard less than I bought! How's that for excellent?
As expensive as the fabric was, I think I'm going to start by making a muslin. But don't worry, I'll get to this! I'm back sewing again, and it's in my queue... :)