Wednesday, October 5, 2011

In the Queue Wednesday

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 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... :)


gwensews said...

First of all, Happy Belated BD to you. See how handy your cards are? I'm with you--love gift cards to fabric stores. Make a beautiful thing. I keep thinking you'll be weaving again soon.

Anonymous said...

I too have been recently interested in Liberty Fabrics. They are so pricy that you do need to plan the garment carefully. Love the print you picked out and can't wait to see the finished blouse.

Linda T