1 1/2 hours! At Mood Fabrics. In New York City. It. Was. Amazing.
Both the City and the store; in their entities not comparably maybe, but if you will: Both so full of choice and possibilities, it made my slightly light-headed (the shop more so than Manhattan… when it comes to dizziness… if that makes any sense… it doesn’t… right… move on, please; this is not a travel blog anyways).
I mean – GUYS – just Look. At. This.
… and this….
SO MUCH CHOICE! And there’s an Upstairs there, too.
… fabric as far as the eye can see. Seriously – I’ve never seen such a variety all cramped into one… space.
(Oh, I would never!!!)
I even caught myself standing in front of swimwear fabric. Lovely lovely swimwear fabric. And I was thinking; I could make a Swimsuit. Why not? Same happened in front of the silk shelf (blouse would have been the project)…
… the woven fabric shelf, the striped cotton shelf…
…the brocade, the wool crepe, the lawn, the tons of different jersey varieties…
… the poplin, the flannel, the denim (if you look close enough, you might see a glimpse of my confusion in the last picture – photo credits, btw, by the best guy on earth and my boyfriend who not only secretly trailed me through the shop but also took all the above snapshots while I was busy not deciding; and when I “caught” him at it he said: “I’m taking pictures for your blog.” That’s just adorable.)
Spoiled for choice I ended up with three fabrics:
My personal paparazzi and best support ever, treated me to the one on the left. It’s going to become an Archer Shirt (or a slight modification of that); the striped one at the top I’ll turn into an Alder Shirt Dress (all as announced here, in the Re-Sew-lution post… though, again, with prints more bold than expected. But WTF. It’s MOOD FABRIC, for heaven’s sake!)
The last one already accomplished its mission. I decided to use the wrong side of that fabric for the project (left in picture) – I love the washed out look; looks so relaxed, a bit country and yet… exotic… I’m again not making any sense, am I?!
Country-exotic or not, this is what it became; a Colette Pattern Laurel Dress:
I’ve made that pattern before and although I thus realised that I like it better when I take in more at the waist, make it shorter and take in the back dart by 2cm each, I was under the impression that – yes, this time – I wanted it more loose.
Turned out; I was wrong. I re-fitted it. On me, it’s much better with a more defined waist.
So see – I do have a travel blog in a way; I’ve taken you aaaaaaaall the way from Midtown Manhatten to my living room (did you see? I’ve killed my plant ;( – black thumb. That one below the mirror is its successor. Good luck, my little plant friend!).
Hopefully will crack on with the Alder Dress Shirt this weekend. We’ll see… I sort of have to preserve those lovely Mood fabrics for projects on lousy autumn days, where I at least mentally can go back to Manhattan, no?!
Where to fabric shop next????!!!! To infinity – and beyond!