Because my fam hosts a dance in like a week and a half (link because: you’re invited) and you know what? I’m down for that challenge.
Why accomplish anything unless you have tight deadlines, right?
Jesus help us.
I went to one fabric store earlier this week. The stuff was okay, but not great. So then I pulled out the big guns. The fancy fabric store downtown. (Did I even go to JoAnn’s? No. Not this time. Ain’t. Nobody. Got. Time.).
Thing about the fancy stores is, all the stuff is expensive, you know?
This particular store, man. I walk in and it’s like the air is more expensive.
It sure is beautiful, though.
One time, when life was rough and full of stress (was I in college?), I remember that I came here in the dead of winter and sat in front of their remnants shelves and refolded all of their piles of fabrics for, like, a couple of hours, which sounds silly and stupid, BUT, in that moment, it was the only connection I had to beauty and I took it, man.
I ended up in front of the remnants shelves again today. I pulled out material after material, held them up, under my chin, in front of the poorly lit mirror in the back (I find that a huge part of material selection is…does the color look good?)
And I found one! A sweet vintage-y poly-mix print that’s a soft blue with a whisper of purple (shall we say…periwinkle? It’s fun to say, at least) and it has an abstract-like lily-of-the-valley print scattered all over it.
I’d take a picture but it’s dark out, ya’ll. And darkness makes not for good photos.
Now it’s time to pick a pattern.
(Did I lose EVERY MALE READER yet? Almost? A girl can try).
Want to look at patterns and vote?
LAUREN? DO YOU WANT TO?
Not saying your votes necessarily count because, it depends on the sales at JoAnn’s (*cough*) sometimes, man, but, here is what I like:
1. Full skirt
2. Fitted bodice
I will also add pockets to just about everything I sew from here until the Lord takes me home. I have decided. I am an adult, I pay bills, and I have decided.
Other things that I think might look good with this particular vintage-y print:
1. Subtle sweetheart neckline. If done well, it screams vintage
2. Cap sleeves
ARE YOU READY TO LOOK AT PATTERNS AND DISCUSS IN THE COMMENTS?
I thought so.
Behold ye–in the order I found them, not in the order of favorites:
AND NOW I MUST GO.
Those hyperlinks take you to more pics of each dress, too. So, look, listen, access. And then comment. And I’ll see those in the morning when I wake up and from there prayerfully discern my future.
My future with the dress, that is. My future with anything else would take more prayers.
Other things that I will need to do, then: check the sales this weekend at JoAnn’s. 😉
Ya’ll are the best and that’s why I love you even if you were the worst and lived under my bed as a dust bunny.
4 thoughts on “I just bought four and a half yards of material”
8259 is my favorite. You have many beautiful choice and can’t go wrong with them.
I’m kind of leaning that direction myself…after having slept on it. 😉
I’m probably late to the party, but when I think “dance,” I think #6094. 🙂
I like the grey one with the button details and the neckline. I wonder if you could make the skirt more full with a crinoline. Otherwise, I like 6094. That skirt and back detail says party to me. The vogue one is so beautiful, but looks awfully complicated.