The Fine Art of Buying Fabric

25 Feb

There is a wonderful little “boutique” fabric store in my area.  I take sewing lessons there on occasion, and the fabrics are beautiful and classy.  You really can’t get fabric of that quality anywhere else in all of Portland.  I want to support this shop so it doesn’t go away.  But…the prices are just ridiculous.

I bought this fabric from them a few months ago:

It’s a very nice Maggy London knit.  It attracted me because the pattern is on the diagonal.

When I purchased it from my local shop, it was over $15.00/yard.  I can’t remember exactly how much but $17.99 is stuck in my head.  FabricMart has the same fabric for $4.95/yard.  Even with postage, it would have saved me a bundle buying it from FabricMart.  Sigh…it’s very difficult to support my local shop when the prices are that much higher.

I’m making this Vogue top to go with the Marcy Tilton pants that I finally finished (more on that later):

I’m making the one with the criss-cross neckline.  I was inspired by this Pam Erny top from her blog:

The pattern I’m using says not to use diagonal prints, so we’ll see how it turns out. I’m taking Pam’s advice and cutting the sleeves on the bias so that they won’t have the diagonal look. I’ll post pics when I’m done.


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